Residential Design and Estimation


Length: A full-time student may complete this program in 3 semesters

Purpose: The Certificate in Residential Design and Estimation is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skill necessary to obtain employment upon completion of the program courses.

Occupational Objectives: The following occupational titles represent examples of possible employment opportunities:

  • Draftsman

  • Construction Estimator

  • Construction Planner

  • Sales Technician

  • Surveying Assistant

  • Site Inspector


Admission Requirements:

You may be admitted to this program by meeting the admission requirements established for the College. If you meet the general admission requirements, a counselor will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your academic background and your strengths and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate placement test. You may correct any deficiencies in academic preparation in the College’s Developmental Studies program.

Program Description:

The program is designed for both beginners and persons already employed in the construction field. It provides extensive computer application training, instruction in the areas of residential design and construction techniques, an introduction into site surveys as well as plan development and layout. The student will receive specialized training in the use of 3D residential design software, construction mathematics, construction estimation and materials, as well as extensive lab exercises which are designed to focus on construction-related applications.

Program Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this program will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret residential blueprints.

  • Demonstrate the ability to estimate material quantities required for the construction of a residential structure.

  • Utilize software packages in the development of a residential design.

  • Demonstrate the ability to survey a tract of property and to create a plat plan of that property.

Program Requirements: To receive the Certificate in Residential Design and Estimation, you must complete a minimum of 35 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. The credits are distributed according to the following outline. This outline represents a typical order of courses taken by full-time students. Part-time and/or evening students may take courses in any desired order, except for sequence courses or courses requiring prerequisites.

Graduate Skill Sets: Graduates of the Residential Design and Estimation program will be provided an opportunity to:

  • Learn the fundamental principles of design for residential structures,

  • Learn the fundamental principles and drafting techniques and standards used in design for residential structures,

  • Learn the applications of 2D and 3D CAD software as used by design professionals for the design of residential structures,

  • Learn the mathematic skill set necessary to perform calculations required for the design for residential structures,

  • Learn to interpret and understand information shown on drawings and plans developed for residential structures,

  • Learn the fundamental principles of surveying and interpretation of site plans as are used in residential,

  • Learn the fundamental terms and phrases associated with residential structures,

  • Learn the fundamental principles and applications of theory used in estimation of cost for construction of residential structures,

  • Learn economic principles and theory,

  • Learn the fundamental principles of design for residential structures,

  • Learn software applications required for use in the residential construction industry,

  • Learn the fundamental principles of material selection for use in the Residential Design industry.


First Semester      
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software 3 0 3
DRF 114 Drafting I 1 6 3
BLD 120 Construction Math 3 0 3
DRF 165 Blueprint Reading 2 2 3
ENG 131 Tech. Report Writing 3 0 3
Total 13 8 16


Second Semester      
MEC 111 Materials for Industry 3 0 3
ARC 255 Construction Estimation 2 0 2
CIV 171 Surveying I 2 3 3
ARC 115 Architectural Graphics/Chief Arch. 1 3 2
ECO 100 Elementary Economics 3 0 3
Total 11 6 13


Summer Term I      
CAD 201 Computer Aided Design I 2 2 3
ARC 211 Computer Aided Drafting Applications 2 2 3
Total 4 4 6

Total Minimum Credits for a Diploma in Computer-Aided
Drafting and Design


*MTH 2 is a prerequisite for ARC 255.


Note: SDV 100 - College Success Skills is required for graduation
and should be taken during the first semester the student is
enrolled in the curriculum.




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