The Architectural Drafting and Design degree has a broad focus that teaches the principles of residential and commercial building technology and the drafting skills to put these principles to work.
At M State, you will become proficient in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and the Revit building design software, learning the skills needed for a variety of jobs related to the construction industry. Graduates are hired by architectural and engineering firms, contractors, and manufacturing and distributing companies. Program internships frequently lead to employment opportunities.
An advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members reviews our curriculum, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.
Graduate of West Fargo High School
M State Spring 2018 graduate, Architectural Drafting and Design
Electrical Engineering Technician with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services in Minneapolis/Maple Grove
M State allowed me to absorb the concepts and skills required for my profession. I was provided with opportunities to practice what I had learned through real-life applications, including an internship with a commercial design-build company.
At the start of my second year I was able to give my fellow students a tour of a sport and marine dealership during its construction. I'd helped draft and design the project during the bid process and released the set of construction documents that won the bid. Construction was complete and they were already selling boats before I even walked in commencement.
Prior to graduation I had three offers from large companies with offices across the United States. The company where I accepted a position specializes in designing water treatment facilities, and they hired me before I even finished my course work.
Architectural Drafting and Design instructor Randy Roberts' … enthusiasm and expertise on the course material encouraged a genuine level of professionalism in the classroom. He has a sincere passion for mentoring those who want to know how to build the world around them and takes each student under his wing.
My advice for students is to step outside of your curriculum. Do work you are not even required to do for your program. With this approach, you will become an integral part in any career field you choose.
Architectural Drafting and Design Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes
Architectural Drafting Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes
M State's Architectural Drafting and Design program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer into MSUM's bachelor's degree programs in Operations Management and Construction Management.
Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities or colleges according to the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university or college they will be attending.
Architectural Drafter regional wage
Graduates of M State's Architectural Drafting and Design program will have employment opportunities as engineering technicians, architectural drafters, architectural technicians, interior design professionals and CADD technician/specialists.
Description: Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.
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241 Employed in your area
8 Estimated annual job openings
38 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Architectural drafters in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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Last modified: July 26th, 2018 at 12:50pm