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Architectural Structural Design Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

AutoCAD Designer

Civil Engineering Technician

Electrical Design Technician

Manufacturing Engineer/Drafter

Product Development Drafter

Structural Designer

Graduate Employers

AG Architecture

Beton-Stahl, Inc

Excel Engineering

Infinity Drafting Solutions

River Valley Architects

RZ Builders

Just the Facts

Architectural Structural Design
64 Credit Associate Degree

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Two Years

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Eau Claire

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $11,068

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Architectural Structural Design program.

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

Architectural Structural Design Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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


Yearly Salary

Our recent Architectural Structural Design graduates reported an average starting salary of $45,965.


Regional Jobs

There are 7 job openings in the CVTC district for the Architectural Structural Design industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

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Focus On Student Success

The instructors are always willing to make phone calls to set something up for you. I’ve got a job lined up at Endres Manufacturing Co. in Waunakee, WI. One of my instructors used to work there and they are really tied to the school.

Ryan, Architectural Structural Design Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Mechanical Design, Associate Degree

Residential Construction, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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