Architectural Technology Student:
In a classroom resembling a typical architectural firm, students will be immersed in the world of Architectural Technology. They will learn what’s required to design a building with computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) technology from practicing architects. Students will learn to work closely with architects and engineers to produce construction drawings for use by contractors.
- Our program uses “state of the industry” computer-aided drafting software including AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp.
- Students work with virtual reality, and the Adobe suite to create photorealistic renderings of their projects. Virtual reality allows students to walk through their projects.
- The classroom lab reflects the collaborative studio environment found in an Architect’s office. Each student is assigned their own workstation and computer.
- Instructors are all practicing architects, bringing real-world experience and current trends to the classroom.
- Students will become well versed in the area of sustainability.
- Students can transfer all credits toward a bachelor degree in architecture at Dunwoody Technical College. Our program also has transfer agreements with the construction management and operations management programs at Minnesota State Moorhead and with the Technology Construction Management program at St. Cloud State University.
- Our downtown location combines the dynamics of an urban campus setting with the close proximity to future employment. Over 50 architectural firms are within blocks of our campus.
Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.
- Integrate design objectives into a solution, including program, social factors, client needs, business goals and historic and environmental influences
- Document code-compliant exit paths and accessibility requirements for ramps and restrooms.
- Analyze a given site and program and then design a light commercial building applying industry-standard codes and conventions, along with cultural and social factors
- Effectively use state of the industry software to utilize drawing, modifying and sheet set up commands to communicate constructability
- Select, explain and apply a structural and mechanical system to a building design.
- Produce 2 and 3 dimensional CAD models of building assembly conditions (i.e. details)
- Minneapolis College’s Architectural Technology Program will prepare you for a career working with Architects, Engineers, Contractors and product suppliers in the Architectural Industry.
- Projects, presentations and guest lecturers focus on current standards and technology within the industry.
- We integrate “Green” Technology into both design and technical aspects of the program, offering a well-rounded exposure to both.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the best job prospects are for those who have at least two years of post-secondary training. The Society of American Institute for Architects lists nearly 300 architectural firms in Minnesota, about 60 percent of which are based in the Twin Cities Metro Area.
Potential Job Titles
- Engineering Technician
- Interior Designer
- Building Facilities Manager
- CAD Technician
- Architectural Job Captain
- 3D Modeler
Where You Could Work
Careers include jobs at architectural, engineering, interior design and landscape firms plus facilities planning organizations, building product manufacturers and contractors. Can also lead to employment in the following fields: construction management, Design/Build construction, estimating, shop drawing production, product sales, design & drafting.