Semester Catalog - Building Technology
The Building Technology & Design department offers an associate in science degree that provides an introduction to architectural concepts and skills pertaining to the design and construction of facilities, preparing students for careers in architecture, construction, building technologies and facilities management. This program enables its graduates to become skilled and knowledgeable contributors to the architectural/engineering, construction or facilities operations and maintenance fields. Students will be able to understand and produce a set of construction documents for buildings, residences, and other structures. Employment opportunities for which graduates of the program will qualify include entry level CAD/BIM drafter/designer and technician level work in architecture, engineering, construction, facilities departments, manufacturing, and fabrication. The program also prepares students for further academic study in architecture.
Many graduates decide to pursue bachelor degrees at other colleges or universities. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has an articulation agreement with the Boston Architectural College (BAC). Under this agreement, students receive credit for courses passed at BFIT with a grade of C or better towards a bachelor’s degree at BAC. BFIT also has an articulation agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology. Under this agreement BFIT graduates can enter Wentworth's Facility Management Program upon successful graduation from BFIT. In addition, BFIT students may elect to take a course at the BAC during their final semester of study, allowing them to achieve further advanced standing upon transfer to the BAC.
This comprehensive program provides students with a thorough introduction to the fundamental skills and core competencies of architectural technology, including familiarization with up-to-date architectural office practices including computer-aided drawing and design, building information modeling, green building standards and integrated project delivery. Studio work allows students to explore design through various architectural projects and 3D model making. A general foundation education is provided with the inclusion of courses in physics, mathematics, technical writing, humanities, and technical electives.
The Building Technology Department maintains drafting and computer-aided drawing labs which provide students with ample opportunity to experience hands-on training in the Architectural Technology field. The drafting lab, consisting of drafting tables, allows students to learn hands-on drafting and 3D model-making capabilities. The computer-aided-drawing labs provide students the ability to construct computer generated drawings in 2D and 3D formats with industry standard computer software. Desktop printers and a large scale plotter allow students to display their drawings in various viewable formats.