Architecture/Construction Technology

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Teaches architectural CAD/drafting and building construction methods and materials including 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. Covers the principles and necessary 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.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate employable skills (attendance, written communication, verbal communication, teamwork) in the fields of architecture and/or construction.
  • Demonstrate the professional practice of architecture and construction.
  • Prepare a series of commercial construction documents utilizing current industry software and accepted architectural standards and techniques.
  • Prepare a series of residential construction documents utilizing current industry software and accepted architectural standards and techniques.
  • Develop a series of design presentation drawings utilizing traditional and computerized techniques.
  • Select the appropriate construction materials and systems in residential and commercial projects.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sustainable materials and energy efficient systems in residential and commercial projects.
  • Apply basic construction methods and procedures as they relate to a residential construction project.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Business degrees require at least 15 credits total including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core and/or Elective Courses for this program.

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

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Students are required to take a co-op class 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.

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.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Industrial Technology Division: 313-845-9656,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-172
Chad Richert: 313-317-1515,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-115C

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 HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC 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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

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