Architectural Engineering Technology

Architectural Engineering Technology

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Your career opportunities include working as an engineering technician for architectural and design firms, in a technical or sales position with manufacturing suppliers in the construction industry, government agencies, engineering offices, planning and development agencies, and contractors. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!
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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 71 (AAS)

Are you intrigued with how a building structure is built? Do you enjoy taking a plan and creating the details to make it a reality? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with an Architectural Engineering Technology degree. As an Architectural Engineering technician, you’ll typically work under the immediate supervision of a registered architect, professional engineer, or construction manager. You’ll learn how to produce construction documents from architectural sketches, computations, written and computer-assisted drawings of results and field inspection work according to plans for both commercial and residential operations.

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This degree requires you to purchase a laptop from the Southeast Tech Support Center.



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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 71 (AAS)


Jeff J. Schlepp, AIA
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Jeff started his career in teaching at Southeast Tech in August of 1981. He is currently the Advisor to the Southeast Tech Student Chapter of the Home Builders Association.

Jeff is also a Registered Architect in the State of South Dakota and has been since 1995 as well as Certified Architectural Drafter by the American Drafting and Design Association.

Jeff has accrued extensive industry experience, having:

• Worked as an engineering technician for Robert J. Roberts Associates, Morehead, MN.
• Worked as a teaching assistant for various professors at North Dakota State University
• Worked as an architectural designer/inspector for Frederick Herrmann Associates, Aberdeen, SD
• Personally designed numerous residential and commercial buildings in and around Sioux Falls

Mr. Schlepp was honored as the 1997 Southeast Tech Teacher of the Year, that same year he was recognized as the Northern Plains Region Outstanding Technical Teacher of the Year by the American Technical Education Association.
Jeff went on to become the 1999 President of the South Dakota Vocational Association which is now referred to as the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). He is currently on the Workforce Development Committee of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, a member of the American Institute of Architects/ South Dakota Chapter and sits on the Credentialing Committee for Southeast Tech.

Regarding his teaching philosophy he states, “I am always trying to put myself in the place of the students. I am allowing my students to do the things I hoped my professors in college would have done for me.” His positive attitude and admiration for students are reflected in the outstanding quality of the Architectural Engineering Technology Program he has developed at Southeast.

Education: AIA, BArch, North Dakota State University; BA, North Dakota State University; Registered Architect





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