Program Description

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Architectural Construction Technology
Architectural Construction Tech. AAS Degree (61 Credits)

Program Description
This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the residential and light commercial construction industry. The objective of the program is to give students a well-rounded, basic construction background, along with CAD (computer aided drafting) skills. Construction technology, materials, design, blueprint reading and estimating are studied in addition to drafting techniques.

Program specific requirements: A laptop computer; the format of the program allows students to work on drafting and design projects in a lab setting as well as off-site.

After reviewing comparable Minnesota State college programs, this program exceeds 60 credits for one or more of the following reasons: national or international program certification, national or international standards including skill standards, standards recommended by a primary employer or multiple employers, national specialized program accreditation, state licensure requirements, and/or national practices or standards.

The general education courses may transfer and are part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Career Opportunities
Employment areas for graduates include general contractors, architectural and engineering firms, building material centers, related material suppliers, and building material manufacturers. Graduates work as drafters, estimators, technical support staff, material salespeople, management trainees, and project managers. Articulation agreements with other schools also give students the opportunity to continue their education for advanced degrees in areas such as construction management.

Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
ARCH1503 Introduction to Architectural Drafting 2 Credits
ARCH1506 Intro to Architectural CAD 3 Credits
ARCH1522 Residential Design Principles 2 Credits
CNST1502 Building Materials and Methods 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
ARCH1510 CAD and Design Studio 6 Credits
ARCH1534 Residential Design and Presentation 2 Credits
CNST1506 Estimating for the Construction Trades I 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
ARCH2506 Architectural Design Studio I 3 Credits
ARCH2510 Architectural CAD II 3 Credits
ARCH2522 Commercial Design Principles and Practice 2 Credits
ARCH2530 Sustainable Building Systems 2 Credits
CNST2502 Estimating for the Construction Trades II 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
ARCH2518 Architectural CAD III 3 Credits
ARCH2542 Structural Building Systems 3 Credits
ARCH2551 Professional Constructor Seminar 1 Credit  
CNST2506 Construction Management 3 Credits
CNST2510 Commercial Estimating and Project Analysis 2 Credits

General Education
  MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Oral 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Written 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area 5 Social Sciences 3 Credits
  MNTC Goal Area Goal 4 Math/Logic 3 Credits
  MNTransfer General Education Electives 3 Credits

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $2,604

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303