Architectural Structural Design

Program Description

Are you interested in structural design? CVTC’s Architectural Structural Design program will allow you to become an important member of a drafting and design team that prepares site plans for commercial buildings. You can anticipate an exciting career with challenging work and a great deal of self-satisfaction after each building project is completed. 
This program will emphasize the development of computer-aided drafting skills, providing you with the skills you need to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market.
You will gain the following skills:

  • Architectural drafting
  • Structural drafting
  • Steel detailing
  • Rebar detailing
  • Surveying
  • Structural analysis
  • Design in concrete/steel

You will learn the following software:

  • AutoCAD (2d)
  • REVIT (3d)
  • SDS/2 (3d)

Students gain a valuable hands-on training opportunity to design a two-story building during the program.

Just The Facts

Program Name: Architectural Structural Design
Degree Type: Associate
Length of Program: Two Years
Start Date: August
Program Location: Eau Claire
Total Credits: 70 
Financial Aid Eligible: Yes
Non-traditional occupation for women
Program Outcomes

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books:


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CVTC is offering up to $5,000 scholarships to students enrolled full-time in STEM programs who exhibit academic talent and financial need. To learn more and apply, click here.

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application and entrance requirements, which could include a COMPASS exam and Inventory of Student Success. If you are ready to apply now, click here.

Get more detailed information and specific program requirements.

Call 1-800-547-CVTC for more help

Get a Job

100% of our Architectural Structural Design  graduates get a job in the industry.

Make More Money

Our recent Architectural Structural Design graduates reported an average starting salary of $39,916.

Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program have enjoyed a 100% placement rate for the past several years. CVTC brings in employers to recruit graduates. Investing in a program that will bring you a job is the right choice.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 1% growth is projected in civil engineering technician positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

Most graduates enjoy working as structural engineering technicians or steel detailers.


  • Detailer
  • Drafting Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Steel Detailer
  • Structural Designer


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Architectural Structural Design program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • Architectural Drafting I
    This course provides instruction in commercial architectural drafting with emphasis placed on drafting techniques; plan layout; and drafting of details, plans, elevations, and sections.
  • Structural Drafting I
    Students make steel erection plans, anchor rod plans, and detailed shop fabrication drawings of structural steel beams and columns with special emphasis placed on the design of bolted and welded structural steel connections.
  • Architectural Drafting II
    This course simulates a working architectural drafting room, and a unique design is developed by the student for a two story commercial building

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.

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