An Architectural Technologist assists the architect or engineer in the assembly of drawings and documents for residential, commercial and industrial projects. The graduate is involved with building design, construction drawings, project estimating, and construction specifications. As a detailer, they help develop drawings for the assembly of a building’s structure. As a worker on site their duties may include quality control and job site supervision. This program is designed for creative individuals with a strong interest in building design, construction and planning. An aptitude for math and strong technical skills are important along with the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
- Proven pathways to university through Lawrence Technological University or Boston Architectural College, for graduates to obtain a degree in Architecture.
- Practical application of employable construction skills (ie. residential framing).
- Real world experiences with educational fieldtrips to different cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh and others to study the built environment and tour buildings under construction.
- Integration of Door’s Open Ontario (Windsor), Habitat for Humanity (Windsor Chapter) and industry related conferences.
- Courses in Urban Studies and Planning.
- Further integration of BIM modeling.
- Dedicated resource room for Architectural Technology students.
- Optional Ontario Building Code certification towards a registered BCIN number.
- As one of the original programs offered at St. Clair College, with over 45 years of rich history tied to the program, we benefit from a diverse alumni group which keeps us linked to industry’s current and emerging trends.
Typical entry-level positions include junior designer or draftsperson, junior estimator and project coordinator. Opportunities exist with architectural and engineering firms, general and sub-contractors, government agencies, homebuilders, building product manufacturers and in sales.
Graduates of this program that meet our partnering institutions criteria may elect to pursue a professional degree in Architecture, leading to licensure, at the following universities:
- Lawrence Technological University – Students receive credit towards an undergraduate degree and a Master’s of Architecture at LTU.
- Boston Architectural College – Students receive direct entry into a Master’s of Architecture Program and are eligible for full participation in the work placement components of the curriculum at the BAC.
For detailed information on either of these articulation agreements, please contact the Architectural Technology Department at St. Clair College.
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
- Grade 12 Math (C) or (U).
Highly recommended courses (not a formal requirement):
- Technical Drafting
- Physics (C) or (U).
- English (C) or (U).
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
|Contracts & Specifications||
|Building CAD VI||
|ARC101B||Drafting and Design 1||4|
|ARC103B||Building Services 1||3|
|ARC125||Building CAD 1||2|
|MTH143||Math for Construction 1||3|
|ARC209||Drafting & Design 2||4|
|ARC202B||Estimating & Specificaitons||3|
|ARC204||Building CAD 2||3|
|ARC239||Ontario Building Code 1||3|
|MTH243||Math for Construction 2||3|
|ARC301B||CAD Drafting & Design 3||5|
|ARC302B||Construction Theory 2||2|
|ARC303B||Building Services 2||3|
|ARC304B||Building CAD 3||3|
|ARC305||Structural Steel Design||3|
|ARC306||Architectural Detailing 1||2|
|ARC399B||Ontario Building Code - Large Buildings||2|
|ARC300GE||Influence of Art on Building||3|
|ARC401B||CAD Drafting & Design 4||5|
|ARC404B||Building CAD 4||3|
|ELEC1030||General Education Elective||3|
|ARC406||Architectural Detailing 2||2|
|ARC405||Reinforced Concrete Design||3|
|ARC501A||CAD Drafting & Design 5||5|
|ARC501||CAD Drafting & Design 5||5|
|ARC502A||Computer Estimating 2||3|
|ARC504A||Building CAD 5||3|
|ARC601||CAD Drafting & Design 6||6|
|ARC601A||CAD Drafting & Design 6||6|
|ARC602A||Contracts and Specifications||2|
|ARC604||Building CAD 4||3|
|ELEC1030||General Education Elective||3|
|ARC155G||Habitat for Humanity||3|
Program Physical Demands Analysis
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Architectural Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 60600)
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities.
- Prepare, read, interpret, and revise drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects.
- Obtain, analyze, prepare, and revise specifications and other project documents used in design and construction.
- Prepare estimates of time, costs, and quantity, and participate in the tendering process.
- Solve technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics.
- Collaborate with and coordinate information from structural, mechanical, and electrical building systems professionals.
- Contribute to the design of architectural projects.
- Contribute to the analysis, planning, and preparation of site planning documents.
- Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technologist in the practice of building design and construction.
- Assess buildings and their interiors, and make recommendations for their repurposing and renovation.
- Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others in the workplace.
- Participate in sustainable design and building practices.
- Use and evaluate current and emerging technology to support building projects.
- Assist in the planning, scheduling, and monitoring of building projects.
- Apply business principles to design and building practices.