Architectural Modeling & Design Technology

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Architectural Modeling and Design Technology
Architectural Drafting and Estimating Technology

Get hands-on experiences in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for residential and commercial buildings, estimating, structural design, mechanical and electrical systems for buildings, presentation techniques and remodeling.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction
  • Green Technology Available

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The Architectural Modeling & Design Technology program prepares students for careers in construction-related industries, such as architectural drafting, CAD/BIM management, construction estimating, construction-related sales and project coordination.

The program includes classroom and hands-on training in:

  • Computer-aided drafting for residential and commercial buildings
  • Estimating
  • Structural design
  • Mechanical and electrical systems for buildings
  • Presentation techniques
  • Renovation & Design

Students will learn and become proficient in the following software: 

  • AutoCAD (2D drafting software)
  • Revit Architecture (3D building information modeling software)
  • Bluebeam Revu (PDF markup, editing and collaboration software)
  • On Screen Take-Off (digital estimating software)

Other software students will be exposed to includes Lumion (rendering software), Twinmotion (rendering software), SketchUp (3D modeling software) and ProCore (construction management documentation software). All software is provided to the students at no additional cost.

You’ll get all the practical experience you need to construct your perfect career in just two years.

"NDSCS was the right choice for me because it had the technical aspect of my career that I was looking for. After taking a tour, it was clear that the ratio of teachers to students, the hands-on atmosphere, and the overall attitude of student success was exactly what I was looking for."

- Emily, Architectural Modeling and Design Technology student

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Architectural Modeling and Design Technology Brochure

Architectural Modeling & Design Technology Graduates from 2021-22 Academic Year
Graduates Registered Avg. Beginning Monthly Salary High Monthly Salary Placement Rate
7 $3,290 $3,583 100%
Shayne, Cale, Zach, Ruari - SkillsUSA winners

NDSCS students earn national ranking at SkillsUSA Championships

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) students recently earned top awards at the National SkillsUSA Championships held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Four NDSCS students earned the national spotlight for their achievements.


Architectural Modeling and Design team at IBS competition

NDSCS wins 2nd Place at 2023 NAHB Student Competition

NDSCS students from the Architectural Modeling and Design Technology program won 2nd place in the Associates degree program category of the NAHB Student Competition held during the 2023 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV.