Architectural Construction Technology


Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Students in the Architectural Construction Technology program get a well-rounded, basic construction background, along with CAD (computer-aided drafting) skills.  

Expect to study construction technology, materials, design, blueprint reading, and architectural, structural, and civil drafting techniques. 

Graduates are prepared for careers in residential and light commercial construction industries. With this degree, you can put your skills to work with a variety of companies: construction companies, architectural or engineering firms as well as building material suppliers or manufacturers. 

Good Stuff

Patrick MichaelFor one first-year Architectural Construction Technology student, experience in the field is what helped him make a difference.

Patrick Michael’s residential blueprint for Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) was chosen from 15 designs submitted by the first-year Architectural Construction class, and construction on the build is underway.

Fellow student Ross Potts brought the idea of working with CMHFH to instructor Jed Johnson earlier this year, and after a follow-up, it turned out they needed a house design.


Skills Acquired

  •  Read and interpret schematics, manuals, and blueprints 
  • Develop and draw (using conventional drafting techniques) preliminary plans and working drawings 
  • Create conceptual and working drawings on a computer using AutoCad software 
  • Identify the structural and architectural elements that apply to the construction of light commercial buildings 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the thermal-dynamics of building envelopes 
  • Demonstrate skills in using a systematic procedure for takeoff, listing and pricing of materials for residential and commercial construction 
  • Read and interpret residential and commercial building plans, including Civil, Architectural, Structural and Mechanical-Electrical selections 
  • Interpret various bidding procedures and finds and disseminates information from commercial project manuals 
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the principles of residential floor plan and exterior design 
  • Uses principles of design that apply to multi-family and light commercial construction 
  • Identifies basic requirements of the IRC, Minnesota Building Code, and ADA Codes 
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

Career Choices

Types of Careers

  • General contractors 
  • Architectural and engineering firms 
  • building material centers 
  • Material suppliers 
  • Building material manufacturers 
  • Drafters 
  • Estimators 

Potential Employers

  • Construction Companies 
  • Architectural Firms 
  • Engineering Firms 
  • Building Material Suppliers 
  • Building Material Manufacturers 
  • Self Employed 

Where Grads Work

  • CentraCare
  • Coldspring
  • Xcel


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

Minnesota State University - Moorhead B.S. Construction Management
The B.S. Degree in Construction Management from Minnesota State Moorhead provides a unique blend of construction knowledge and business know-how.

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Contact Us

Jed Johnson
Phone: (320) 308-5975


Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $2604 for books and materials.

Additional Information

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.

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Clubs & Organizations

Central Minnesota Builders Association Student Chapter


SCTCC Student Clubs

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