Intro Architectural Technology & Design

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The Intro to Architectural Technology and Design diploma involves the study of residential construction practices and computer aided drawing (CAD), using AutoCAD software and an introduction to building information modeling (BIM) and Revit, a 3D computer modeling program. Projects are drawn using both the drawing board and the computer.

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Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

Note: Some programs may require assessment scores that exceed the college minimum in the areas of Arithmetic & Elementary Algebra.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
ARCH 1105 Building Technology I 4 credits
ARCH 1111 Architectural Tech I 3 credits
ARCH 1112 Architectural Tech II 4 credits
ARCH 1121 CAD I 5 credits
ARCH 1123 CAD II 5 credits
ARCH 1125 Design Limitations 3 credits
ARCH 1128 Environmental Design 3 credits
ARCH 1131 Model Construction 2 credits
ARCH 1201 Estimating Tech I 2 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 31 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will read, review, and interpret construction documents.
2. Student will complete a restrictive set of construction drawings using computer-aided drawing software.
3. Student will use appropriate reference material and code checklist to analyze applicable building codes, zoning ordinances, and accessibility requirements.
4. Student will use a preliminary sheet index list to determine drawings necessary to complete a basic project in correct sequential order.
5. Student will schedule appropriate use of time using drawing sheet index and preliminary deadline dates.

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Graduates of the certificate program receive skills that enable them to work with lumber yards, building suppliers, and entry-level cad operating positions.

The employment outlook for entry-level drafters in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 3.8%, a low growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Erin Bulger
  • Architectural Technology and Design Instructor
  • (218) 793-2613
  • Rod Lahren
  • Architectural Technology and Design Instructor
  • (218) 793-2614