• Program: Architectural Technology
  • Degree: Diploma
  • Credits: Total Diploma Credits 64
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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
  • ARCH1007 Architectural Drafting I 4
  • ARCH1011 Architectural Drafting II 5
  • ARCH1100 Architectural CAD: Basic AutoCAD 4
  • ARCH1202 Materials and Methods of Construction I 2
  • ARCH1206 Strength of Materials 3
  • ARCH1340 Building Codes 2
  • ARCH1345 Building Systems 3
  • ARCH1480 Architectural Practices and Procedures 3
  • ARCH2121 Architectural Drafting III 5
  • ARCH2141 Architectural Drafting IV 5
  • ARCH2330 Architectural Presentation 3
  • ARCH2340 Design Development for Architectural Drafting 3
  • ARCH2370 Architectural CAD: Revit Architecture 4
  • ARCH2466 Materials and Methods of Construction II 2
  • ARCH2561 Estimating 3
  • ARCH2935 Architectural CAD: Advanced Revit Tools 1
  • ARCH2945 Architectural CAD: Revit MEP 1
General Education Requirements 3 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 4 Credits
  • Recommended:
  • ARCH1225 Technical Drawing 1
  • ARCH1500 Introduction to Construction Management 2
  • ARCH1505 LEED AP Preparation 2
  • ARCH1900 Specialized Lab 1 to 4
  • ARCH2300 SketchUp for Design 3
  • ARCH2310 Architectural CAD: Introduction to Revit Architecture 2
  • ARCH2640 Architectural History 3
  • ARCH2900 Internship 2 to 4
  • ARCH2920 Photoshop for Architecture 4
  • ARCH2930 Architectural CAD: 3D Studio Max 4
  • ARCH2940 Architectural CAD: Revit Structure 1
  • ARCH2950 Architectural CAD: Revit Site Development 1
General Education Electives 4 Credits
  • Any HTC college level general education course may be used to satisfy the elective requirement.

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