Architectural Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 106141

Careers in architectural technology allow you to pursue your passion for designing, drawing, creating, and problem solving. As an Architectural Technology graduate, you'll be prepared to work in many fields related to architecture and construction. Careers include architectural technician, building information modeling specialist, building materials salesperson, building systems design technician, shop drawing draftsperson, structural draftsperson, and residential designer or estimator. With additional education and/or work experience, you may become an architect, building inspector, commercial or industrial estimator, structural engineer, specification writer, or project manager.


Employment Potential

Building information modeling specialist: coordinates development of virtual building information models that integrate architectural, structural, and building systems to be used for construction coordination.

Building Materials Sales Person: works in retail sales of building products in a building materials center.

Building Systems Technician: works under the direction and supervision of an architect or professional engineer, preparing working drawings for hvacr, electrical and plumbing systems within a building.

Shop Drawing Draftsperson: works under the supervision of a professional engineer, developing fabrication and erection drawings for components used in construction.

Structural Draftsperson: works under the direction and supervision of an architect or professional engineer, preparing working drawings for steel, concrete, and wood building systems.

Residential Designer: works independently designing and drafting homes for building materials centers or residential contractors.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Architect
• Building Inspector
• Senior Draftsperson
• Commercial or Industrial Estimator
• Structural Engineer
• Specification Writer
• Project Manager


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows and the Internet.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Architectural Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-614-210 ARCHITECTURAL PRINCIPLES ...establishes a background in graphic communication and the field of architecture. Creation, interpretation, and effective use of construction documents and specifications will be examined. Basic architectural sketches and drawings will be prepared. (Prerequisite: acceptance in Architectural Technology program)
10-614-211 ARCHITECTURAL REVIT INTRO ...introduces the parametric design software Autodesk Revit used for building information modeling. Basic design and documentation tools will be employed. A simple building design will be modeled that matches given specifications (Prerequisite: acceptance in Architectural Technology program or Construction Technology program)
10-614-213 BUILDING MATERIALS ...considers material properties, processes of manufacture, installation procedures and performance. Construction methods, building systems and products will be evaluated. Materials will be analyzed and classified based on the Construction Specifications Institute Master Format.
10-614-222 ARCHITECTURAL CAD INTRO ...incorporates the use of AutoCAD for generating construction drawings. Basic to intermediate techniques will be employed. Accurate architectural drawings adhering to given standards that incorporate symbols, dimensions and notes will be created. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Architectural Technology program)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-614-231 ARCHITECTURAL REVIT ADVANCED ...expands the implementation of additional features found in the parametric design software Autodesk Revit. Advanced modeling and documentation tools will be explored. More complex building information models will be generated, edited and documented. (Prerequisite: 10-614-211, Arch Revit Intro)
10-614-232 STRUCTURAL RESIDENTIAL ...highlights load distribution and coordination of structural components within residential buildings. Foundation systems, framing design and applicable codes will be examined. Various methods will be utilized to select members for use in structural drawings. (Prerequisites: 10-614-210, Arch Principles; 10-614-213, Bldg Materials; 10-614-222, Arch CAD Intro; Corequisites: 10-614-231, Arch Revit Advanced; 10-614-214, Bldg Green Intro)
10-614-240 ARCHITECTURAL RESIDENTIAL ...emphasizes residential house styles, building codes, and design components related to the site and structure. Conceptual design drawings will be developed into construction drawings using 2D CAD and 3D BIM design software. (Prerequisites: 10-614-210, Arch Principles; 10-614-211, Arch Revit Intro; 10-614-213, Bldg Materials; Struct Residential; 10-614-222, Arch CAD Intro; Corequisites: 10-614-231, Arch Revit Adv; 10-614-232, Struct Residential; 10-614-214, Bldg Green Intro)
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...topics include: performing operations on polynomials; solving quadratic and rational equations; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; and oblique triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: 10-804-113, Tech Math 1A with grade C or better)
10-614-215 ARCHITECTURAL INTERNSHIP program coursework with architectural related careers. Compliance to industry procedures and standards will be stressed. Architectural technology concepts and techniques will be applied in a work environment. (Prerequisite: Instructor approval)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-614-214 BUILDING GREEN INTRODUCTION ...summarizes the history, technology and science underlying sustainable building practices. The human factor and the economics of sustainability will be discussed. Alternative energy including wind, solar, photovoltaic, geothermal and fuel cells will be researched.
10-614-250 ARCH COMMERCIAL STUDIO I ...outlines working drawing documentation and the construction process of commercial projects. Advanced building information modeling tools will be applied to a steel frame and masonry structure. Plans, elevations, sections and details will be generated. (Prerequisites: 10-614-240, Arch Residential; 10-614-231, Arch Revit Adv; Corequisite: 10-614-253, Struct Commercial)
10-614-252 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS I...relates fundamental concepts of physics to architectural design and building construction. Critical thinking will be necessary to perform various calculations. Physical properties of building materials and systems will be analyzed through demonstrations and experiments. (Prerequisites: 10-614-232, Struct Residential; 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps OR 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B)
10-614-253 STRUCTURAL COMMERCIAL ...interprets information necessary to communicate the structural design of commercial buildings. Concrete, masonry and steel structural systems will be compared. Engineering sketches, industry manuals and computers will be utilized to prepare required details. (Prerequisites: 10-614-240, Arch Residential; 10-614-232, Struct Residential; 10-614-231, Arch Revit Adv)
10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-614-251 BUILDING ESTIMATING ...applies mathematics and the knowledge of building materials to the art of blueprint interpretation. Residential and commercial construction plans will be referenced. Manual and computerized methods will be employed to complete material quantity surveys. (Prerequisites: 10-614-240, Arch Residential; 10-614-232, Struct Residential)
10-614-271 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS II ...explains mathematical interaction between statics and strength of materials. Principles of structural theory will be applied to beam and column design. Basic calculations will be performed to relate concepts to actual wood member conditions. (Prerequisites: 10-614-252, Struct Analysis I)
10-614-272 BUILDING MEP SYSTEMS ...correlates the relationship between a building and its mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Codes, space requirements and specifications will be related to the building. MEP plans and necessary calculations will be prepared for a building. (Prerequisites: 10-614-252, Struct Analysis II)
10-614-280 ARCH COMMERCIAL STUDIO II ...cultivates skills necessary to solve design problems associated with concrete structures. Current codes, accessibility standards, and sustainability guidelines will be stressed. Various construction documents will be coordinated within a building information model. (Prerequisites: 10-614-250, Arch Commercial Studio I; 10-614-253, Struct Commercial)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.
. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in English Composition 1 to enroll in Technical Reporting.

Program Outcomes

• Develop architectural drawings for commercial buildings using steel, concrete, and masonry.
• Develop residential drawings to meet code and client criteria.
• Perform technical calculations and produce drawings for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
• Produce structural drawings and details for residential and commercial buildings.
• Explain the design and construction process.
• Speak and write effectively about architectural facts and ideas.
• Communicate architectural ideas graphically utilizing sketching techniques.
• Display a positive attitude toward the profession.
• Apply mathematical principles, codes, manufacturers' standards, tables, and technical manuals in the design and production of construction documents.
• Evaluate structural elements using the principles of statics and the strength of materials.
• Choose appropriate materials for use in building construction.
• Estimate materials required for construction.
• Operate computer based technologies currently used to prepare basic presentation drawings, and construction documents.
• Apply sustainable principles to building construction.
• Explain how loads are distributed and transferred through the structure of a building.


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