Day and Evening
Fall or Spring Semester
Eden Prairie Campus and Brooklyn Park Campus
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 state has 4,100 openings in computer, math, architecture and engineering jobs, an 18 percent increase over the past year.”
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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.
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.
Graduating students may find employment in architectural offices, civil or mechanical & 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.
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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Program faculty meet with the advisory committee biannually. 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.
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.