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Educational Programs

Architectural Technology


Program description

In a classroom resembling a typical architectural firm, students will be immersed in the world of Architectural Technology. They will learn what’s required to design a building with computer-aided design (CAD) technology from practicing architects. Students will learn to work effectively with architects and engineers to produce construction drawings for use by contractors.

Program start and location

New students are accepted into this program for fall and spring semesters. Courses are taught on MCTC’s main campus.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

What you will learn

  • MCTC’s Architectural Technology Program will prepare you for a career working with Architects, Engineers, Contractors and product suppliers in the Architectural Industry.
  • Projects, presentations and guest lecturers focus on current standards and technology within the industry.
  • We integrate “Green” Technology into both design and technical aspects of the program, offering a well-rounded exposure to both.

Points of pride

  • Our program uses “state of the industry” computer-aided drafting software including AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp.
  • The classroom lab reflects the collaborative studio environment found in an Architect’s office. Each student is assigned their own workstation and computer.
  • Instructors are all practicing architects, bringing real-world experience and current trends to the classroom.
  • Our downtown location combines the dynamics of an urban campus setting with the close proximity to future employment. Over 50 architectural firms are within blocks of our campus.

Where you could work

Careers include jobs at architectural, engineering, interior design and landscape firms plus facilities planning organizations, building product manufacturers and contractors. Can also lead to employment in the following fields: construction management, Design/Build construction, estimating, shop drawing production, product sales, design & drafting.

Potential job titles

  • Drafter
  • Engineering Technician
  • Interior Designer
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  • Building Facilities Manager
  • CAD Technician
  • Architectural Job Captain
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Occupational outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the best job prospects are for those who have at least two years of post-secondary training. The Society of American Institute for Architects lists nearly 300 architectural firms in Minnesota, about 60 percent of which are based in the Twin Cities Metro Area.


This program is part of the School of Design and the Arts.

Additional resources

MCTC–Thermo King Partnership

hermo King President Ray Pittard, left, and MCTC president Phil Davis.

MCTC was awarded $300,000 by the Department of Employment and Economic Development Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to develop and implement lean process improvement training. The training will be delivered to more than 550 engineering, design and management staff at Minnesota-based Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.

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