Architecture/Construction Technology

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
Industrial Technology -

The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Architecture/Construction Technology teaches architectural CAD/drafting and building construction methods and materials. This includes both residential and commercial building types. Laboratory classes provide students with experience in the areas of residential and commercial construction materials, computer-aided drafting and design, cost estimating, construction methods, presentation techniques, residential construction practices and use of surveying equipment.

Students learn the principles and skills of the architectural profession supported by an understanding of building construction through “hands-on” activities designed to provide students with a practical “skill-based” education. Classes for the ACT Program are located at the Dearborn Heights Center.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Appraiser
  • Architectural CAD Technician
  • Architectural Illustrator
  • Building and Construction Technician
  • Building Code Inspector
  • Building Materials Sales Rep
  • Builder
  • Construction Estimator
  • Civil Engineer Tech
  • Facilities Management Technician
  • Materials Testing Lab Technician
  • Structural Steel Detailer

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Students seeking an ACT associate degree are required to participate in Co-op for at least one semester. This experience has proven to be invaluable as students ""try on"" the career they’ve chosen and earn while they learn. Pay rates generally are compatible with entry-level positions (Average 2008 rate =approx $11.44/hour) and a high percentage of students are asked to continue their employment after their initial Co-op semester.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
66 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Support Courses

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.