Acquiring a solid, industry-driven education that includes intensive work with the most current CAD and BIM software available gives DCTC Architectural Technology students a powerful competitive advantage. Because the program simulates the professional environment found in architectural and design firms, graduates already have a strong, working knowledge of employer expectations before they arrive in the workplace.
U.S. DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Because new technology reduces costs, architectural and civil drafters who can master new software programs, such as BIM and PDM, also should find opportunities in various industries." Those industries include architectural, engineering, and related services (50 percent), construction (7 percent), machinery manufacturing (6 percent), fabricated metal product manufacturing (5 percent) and transportation equipment manufacturing (5 percent).
Potential Job Titles
- CAD Technician
- AutoCAD Technician
- Computer-aided drafting and design drafter
- Architectural drafter
- Architectural Designer
Salary Data *
- Average Wage: $24.26/hour
- Top Earners: $34.57/hour
- * Source: ISEEK: Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metro area, 2014