The Architectural Design and Building Construction program offers students real construction experience to prepare them for the many employment opportunities available in construction. Beginning with a firm foundation in drafting with instruments, and followed by an introduction to computer aided drafting (CAD), students learn to conceptualize the building process. Using the latest construction methods, and under close supervision, they construct a residence inside the Mitchell Technical College building lab where the weather is always nice.
Additionally, students will be exposed to many techniques and skills required in the area of commercial construction: steel, welding, commercial construction equipment operation, and more. Valuable experience will be gained during a commercial construction internship during the final semester of the program.
What Makes This Program Special?
- Our instructors are Certified Green Professionals
- We are a 100% ENERGY STAR BUILDER
- All our houses are built using Home Energy Rating Standards of Practice
- We focus on energy efficient building practices
- Our students are involved with the NAHB (student chapter)
- Bottom line: We are teaching students how to design and build buildings of the future!
- Only program that combines construction and design
Graduates from this program find employment with lumberyards, building contractors, architectural firms, and commercial construction companies. Their skills in CAD, carpentry, surveying, estimating, cabinetry, commercial construction and green building technologies make the students who graduate from this program valuable employees in the building trades industry.
Program Requirement: Successful completion of all 100 level technical courses is required to continue on to advanced 200 level courses.
Computer Requirements: This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, Mitchell Tech requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from Mitchell Tech. The cost for an Mitchell Tech laptop averages about $1,400 for this program. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program.
Whether it’s Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your Mitchell Tech laptop. And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an Mitchell Tech laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.
At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate skill and proficiency in computer-aided drafting and design
- Demonstrate skills in how to frame a residential house
- Demonstrate building skills involved in finish carpentry
- Identify and apply safe working practices through safety training as part of the program completing OSHA 10 certification
- Explain the different attributes associated with commercial construction such as material, blueprints, organization, and operation
- Describe the characteristics and conditions a person needs to realize effectively pour concrete and demonstrate the ability to place flat work and foundation walls
- Understand what it takes to operate a construction business
- Differentiate building practices to attain energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, and “green building”
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