Architectural Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Architecture is a blend of art and science, of beauty and practicality. As an architectural technician, you will learn how to design residential and commercial buildings that are not only functional and fit into their environments, but also how to build them economically. Consider this program if you have excellent computer skills and a strong interest in building and design. Heavy emphasis is placed on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD), with the practical aspects of choosing building materials, estimating, structural principles, and building systems also covered. A capstone project takes the student from preliminary building proposals through the preparation of construction documents.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Architectural Technology

This program will cost about $10,100* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Architectural Technology 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding5
Employed in Related Occupation4
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week41
Median Hourly Wage$19.00
Hourly Wage Range$17.50 - $20.19
Median Annual Salary$42,240

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Architectural Technician; I&S Group, La Crosse, WI
  • Architectural Technician; ISG, La Crosse, WI
  • Design Engineer; USA Fire Protection, Lake Forest, IL
  • Drafting Technician; VAA Engineering, Planning and Design Services

Career Opportunities

Architechural Estimator/Drafter
Architect Designer
Architectural Drafter
Architectural Revit Designer
CAD Designer/Project Manager
Design Engineer

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Develop construction documents.
  • Evaluate building materials.
  • Develop building designs.
  • Integrate building systems.
  • Apply structural principles in all phases of an architectural project.
  • Estimate the materials and costs required to construct a building.
  • Correlate significant structures with their architectural precedents.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Architectural Technology program you must have completed the following with a grade of “C” or better:

  • One year of High School Geometry or one term of College Geometry

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