• Class Time: Evening and Online
  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus and Brooklyn Park Campus
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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 in a face-to-face classroom setting, alternating each week between the Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie campuses. Classes are live at one campus and presented through ITV at the other campus. 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.


“The Architectural Technology program at Hennepin Technical College provided me with the skills and preparation I needed in order to pursue a career within my field. I appreciated the smaller class sizes, challenging pace of the courses, as well as the genuine interest the teachers showed in my learning experiences.”

“I really appreciate the education that I received at Hennepin Technical College. Since graduating I have found a great career that I enjoy doing in this tough economy thanks to my degree in Architectural Technology.  This program offers the hands on training using state of the art design software that so many design firms are using today. The convenient evening class schedule makes it easier for working adults to attend and get the good education that Hennepin Technical College is known for.”

“I appreciated the focus on the individual at Hennepin Tech. I was able to hone in on my creativity while learning a skill that serves many trades.”

Labs and Classrooms

Our classrooms and labs are equipped with state-of-the-art computer stations and large format printers. Current architectural drafting instruments include industry-standard software tools such as Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, and 3ds Max.


Students are required to purchase textbooks related to Architectural Drafting and CAD. Tools include computer storage flash drive, tape measure, drafting kit, calculator, and model kit. The architectural technology computer labs are equipped with the latest software. Student computer labs are available with software access. Students may also download the software for at home use if they choose to do so.

Entry Requirements

Program applicants are required to be computer literate, pass placement level reading and math tests. Students seeking a degree or diploma in architectural technology typically have an interest in architectural design, construction technology, interior design, or related fields.

Work Environment

Graduating students may find employment in architectural offices, civil or mechanical and structural engineering offices, with general contractors, residential builders, interior design offices, material suppliers, sales, estimating, remodelers, detailers, architectural illustrators, and various careers related to sustainable energy design.

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.



Architectural Technician/Designer wages range from $17.00 to $34.00 hour. (Source:

Potential Job Titles

Architectural Technician, Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technician, Detailer or Representative working with material and product suppliers, Architectural Illustrator, Estimator


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 universities to transfer the associates degree into Bachelor degree programs. For a complete list of current agreements, visit the Minnesota Transfer website.


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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