• Program: Architectural Technology
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 72
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The primary focus of student training is the preparation of construction documents for projects typically found in the residential and commercial building industry. Students learn how to analyze project requirements and produce construction documents that describe those requirements utilizing the most recent releases of Autodesk’s softwares. Other skills developed include the understanding of building science technology, applying sustainable principles, and researching building codes. Students also gain experience in construction cost estimating, basic structural design, office practices and other relevant computer software.

Career Opportunities

Students in the Architectural Technology program are prepared for entry level employment in a design or construction related position within the architecture, engineering or construction industry. Employment opportunities for graduates range from Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Building Information Modeling (BIM) technicians working in architectural, engineering or building firms to estimators working with contractors to detailers and representatives working with material and product suppliers. Hennepin Technical College graduates have advanced to senior positions in many area architecture, engineering or construction offices with experience and continuing education. Articulation agreements with other schools also give students the opportunity to continue their education for advanced degrees in areas such as construction management or operations management.

Award Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate proficiency using CAD software and related computer tools.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of construction process, from design to completion.
  • Apply building codes and construction standards.
  • Perform preliminary structural design calculations.
  • Perform construction material take-offs and cost estimating.
  • Model effective communication skills.
  • Produce construction drawings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the materials and methods used in construction.
  • Model effective problem-solving strategies.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 53 Credits
  • ARCH1008 Architectural Residential Technology I 5
  • ARCH1011 Architectural Residential Technology II 5
  • ARCH1101 Architectural Residential AutoCAD 5
  • ARCH1203 Residential Materials and Methods of Construction 3
  • ARCH1206 Strength of Materials 3
  • ARCH1340 Building Codes: Commercial 2
  • ARCH1345 Building Systems 3
  • ARCH2121 Architectural Commercial Technology I 5
  • ARCH2141 Architectural Commercial Technology II 5
  • ARCH2370 Architectural Residential Revit 4
  • ARCH2466 Commercial Materials and Methods of Construction 2
  • ARCH2562 Capstone: Project Design and Management 5
  • ARCH2850 Architectural Technology Advancements 2
  • ARCH2936 Advanced Revit BIM Technology 4
General Education Requirements 15 Credits
  • ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
  • Choose three credits from MnTC Goal Area 1 3
  • Choose three credits from MnTC Goal Area 2 3
  • Choose three credits from MnTC Goal Area 5 3
  • Choose three credits from MnTC Goal Areas 9 -or- 10 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 4 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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