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Architectural Technology

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architectural Technology program overview

Are you ready to build a career in architectural drafting and design technology? Then come to HTC where state-of-the-art computer stations and industry-standard software tools prepare you for the workplace. You will be ready to produce residential and commercial construction drawings using Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, and 3D rendering. Focus on energy efficiency and sustainability while learning to understand and verify construction compliance procedures and how to research construction materials, equipment, and building codes. Be introduced to engineering principles, estimating, and professional practices. Since an advisory committee of industry leaders reviews HTC’s Architectural Technology program, the program is up-to-date with the latest technology and trends. This ensures you will gain the skills you need to secure employment.

The Architectural Technology courses at HTC are delivered face-to-face and online from the Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park campuses. Additionally, class sessions are recorded and made available to students online. This flexibility in delivery allows students to complete the program fully online, partially online, or fully face-to-face.

Program information

  • Class Time: Evening and Online
  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus & Brooklyn Park Campus
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Skills Required

Students seeking a degree or diploma in architectural technology typically have an interest in architectural design, construction technology, interior design, or related fields. If you’re ready to Get Started, you can begin the admissions process now. If you have questions, contact Enrollment Services for helpful information.

Job Outlook

Architectural Technology graduates are successfully employed in numerous branches in the construction industry. From freelance drafters to residential or commercial builders, the industry relies on highly skilled people to design and plan the future.

Possible job titles may include: 

Architectural Technician, Civil Technician, Electrical Technician, Mechanical Technician, Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technician, Detailer or Representative working with material and product suppliers, Architectural Illustrator, Facilities Planner, Sustainable/Environmental Design Technician.

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Awards and Certifications


Sandra Kretsch 

Brian Anderson 

Industry partners

Program faculty meet with the advisory committee bi-annually. The advisory committee consists of industry professionals and student representatives. The advisory committee advises the faculty on budget proposals, industry trends, technology, industry news, curriculum goals, and new courses.


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Accreditation and Affiliations

The Architectural Technology curriculum is endorsed by Minnesota GreenStar, U.S. Green Building Council, and Minnesota Green Communities.

Hennepin Technical College maintains a membership with U.S. Green Building Council, Minnesota Chapter. We have designed and drafted a LEED Gold certified green building design project which was built by the carpentry students, landscaped by the landscape students, and equipped with cabinets from the cabinetmaking department.



The Architectural Technology program has articulation agreements with MN State University Moorhead to transfer the associates degree into a Bachelor degree program.

For a complete list of current agreements, visit the Minnesota Transfer website.

Last updated by kohalloran : 2019-11-19 01:25:33