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.
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Architectural Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
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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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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit

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