Architectural Technology

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: STEM
  • Program Code: 10-614-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August

About the Architectural Technology Degree


This program prepares students for work in fields related to architecture and construction. Students are introduced to architectural design and drafting through sketching techniques, and then receive extensive training in computer-aided drafting and Building Information Modeling (BIM) using AutoCAD and Revit BIM software.

Construction materials and methods, architectural practices, building codes, and mechanical and environmental systems also are studied.

Architectural technicians are in demand. They work with architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and building material manufacturers and suppliers.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: Construction materials and methods for wood frame, masonry, concrete and steel construction are studied. Building codes are reviewed. Mechanical and environmental systems dealing with heating and ventilating, plumbing, electricity, life safety, lighting and acoustics are covered. Courses also explore the history and theory of architecture, building structural systems, and architectural practices and procedures.

Important to your success in the program are drawing and visualization abilities, strong math skills, teamwork, good writing and verbal skills, plus psychomotor skills.


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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ARCHT-101 Architectural Theory and Drawing 1 4
ARCHT-105 Architectural History 2
ARCHT-110 Computer Applications for Architecture 2
ARCHT-121 Architectural Materials and Methods 1 2
ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
MATH-115 College Technical Mathematics 1 ‡
(or) MATH-201
ARCHT-112 Architecture: Theory and CADD 2 ‡ 4
ARCHT-120 Structural Systems and Components ‡ 3
ARCHT-122 Architectural Materials and Methods 2 ‡ 3
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
MATH-116 College Technical Mathematics 2 ‡
(or) MATH-202 Trigonometry
ARCHT-103 Architectural Theory and CADD 3 ‡ 5
ARCHT-131 Mechanical and Environmental Systems 1 ‡ 2
ELECTIVES (Two credits) 2

Survey of Physics
(or) PHYS-221 College Physics 1

PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
ARCHT-104 Architectural Theory and CADD 4 ‡ 5
ARCHT-107 Building Estimating 2
ARCHT-132 Mechanical and Environmental Systems 2 ‡ 2
ARCHT-141 Architectural Practices and Procedures ‡ 2
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) Any 200-level HIST or SOCSCI course

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Develop construction documents
  • Evaluate building materials
  • Develop building designs
  • Integrate building systems

Career Outlook

The objective of this program is to train technicians with entry-level skills so they can work with architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and building material manufacturers and suppliers.

Job duties will vary and may include basic drafting, detailing, computer-aided drafting and design, Building Information Modeling, code research, estimating, technical report writing, specification research and development, and field inspection.

Possible Careers

Architectural Designer
CADD Drafter, Detailer and Modeler
Field Inspector
Construction and Building Inspector

Admission Requirements

One year of high school-level algebra and geometry.



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Last updated: 03/25/2024