Architectural Technology
Overview
  • 20-month diploma
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
            4 month co-op work experience between year one and year two
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

Description
The Architectural Technology diploma program is a comprehensive, two year, direct entry program consisting of four 16-week semesters. You will complete a four month co-operative work term between year one and year two that will provide you with related and practical experience in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. Upon graduation from the program, career options available to you may include working with:

  • Architects or Engineers
  • Interior Designers
  • Home Builders
  • Contractors
  • Fabricators

In the Architectural Technology program, you will experience a wide-ranging curriculum of courses that emphasize the learning and practical application of current design and constructions techniques. You will take advanced courses and build on competencies gained as you move from semester to semester. Courses include subjects such as:

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Architectural Detailing
  • Building Science
  • Structural Systems
  • Codes and Standards
  • Project Management
  • Specifications and Contract Administration
  • Green Building and Sustainability

A capstone project is incorporated into the final term.


Admission Requirements

A strong background in science is recommended.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math (Applied Math 40S or Pre-Calculus Math 40S is highly recommended)
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you completed your education outside of Canada or the United States, do not submit your international academic credentials until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • If you were educated outside of Canada or the United States, submit results of an English language proficiency assessment (ELPA) indicating you meet the following ELRs:
      • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Certificate - exit Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels from an English as a second language (ESL) program:
        Listening 8, Speaking 8, Reading 8, Writing 8
        or
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic):
        Listening 6.5, Speaking 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.0
        or
      • Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST):
        Listening 4.5,  Speaking 4.5,  Reading 4.5,  Writing 4.0
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • We strongly advise you successfully complete an English language proficiency assessment (ELPA) before submitting your application to ensure you can meet the 30 day deadline.
    • ELPAs must be dated within two years of your application date.
    • After confirming you meet ELRs, the College will send you a request to submit your international academic credentials for assessment.
    • For more information, visit www.rrc.ca/credentials

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirements
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in the courses listed in the Regular Admission Requirements
    • Due within 30 days of applying. However, if you apply within six weeks of the start date of the program, this item is due within 5 days of applying.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you completed your education outside of Canada or the United States, do not submit your international academic credentials until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 2 for more information.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date
(subject to change)

LOCATION START DATE  

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)
Program/Student Fees
Year 1 $5,200.00 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1 $2,400.00 2
Other Fees
Year 1 $255.00 3
1 Includes a Co-op term of $851.
2 Includes $1600 for the purchase of a laptop and $400 for PPE (safety boots, hard hat, high visibility vest, eye protection, work gloves)
3 Health and Dental

Program Outline


Program Content
YEAR 1
TERM 1 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  CIVL-1011 Algebra & Trigonometry 1 5
  CIVL-1012 Computer Applications 1 2
  CIVL-1013 Statics and Strength of Materials 1 4
  CIVL-1014 Surveying 1 4
  CIVL-1016 Technical Communication 1 3
  CIVL-1017 Technical Graphics 6
  CIVL-1018 College Expectations and Survival Skills 0
  CIVL-1020 Professional Ethics 3
  SAFE-1028 WHMIS 0
  SEMR-9209 General Safety Training 0
TERM 2 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  CIVL-1022 Building Science 4
  CIVL-1023 BIM Fundamentals 4
  CIVL-1024 Architectural Detailing 1 5
  CIVL-1025 Building Mechanical Systems 3
  CIVL-1026 Building Structural Systems 3
  CIVL-1027 Bldg Materials and Environment 3
  CMDP-1010 Report Writing 3
TERM 3 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  WRKE-1017 Co-op Work Placement 9
YEAR 2
TERM 4 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  CIVL-1028 Principles Const Documentation 3
  CIVL-1029 Codes and Standards 4
  CIVL-2033 Intermediate BIM 4
  CIVL-2034 Architectural Detailing 2 4
  CIVL-2035 MEP Detailing 3
  CIVL-2036 Structural Detailing 4
  CMDP-3003 Project Management 1 3
TERM 5 COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
  CIVL-2037 Specs and Contract Admin 3
  CIVL-2038 Estimating and QTO 3
  CIVL-2039 Building Interior Detailing 2
  CIVL-2040 Green Bldgs and Sustainability 3
  CIVL-3028 Advanced BIM 4
  CIVL-3029 Architectural Detailing 3 4
  CIVL-3030 Capstone Project 3
 
Course Descriptions
CIVL-1011 Algebra & Trigonometry 1

This math course covers fundamental principles, definitions of mathematical terms and basic graphing techniques.  Students will learn to simplify expressions and solve equations involving trigonometric functions, systems of linear equations, factoring and fractions.

 
CIVL-1012 Computer Applications 1

This course will teach the fundamentals of MS Office software including Word and Excel.

Students will be taught features in WORD to produce memos, letters, reports, and resumes, and in EXCEL they will create lists, perform simple calculations, add graphics, use a LOOKUP table, link data, and create and edit charts.  Students will also use various methods to transfer data and graphics from WORD and EXCEL to PowerPoint and graphics to AutoCAD, and drawings from AutoCAD to WORD and PowerPoint.

 
CIVL-1013 Statics and Strength of Materials 1
Statics is the study of forces that act on a structure at rest. This course consists of the basic principles that allow the determination of forces carried by structural bodies and frames. Some of the learning outcomes topics are: (force characteristics, moment force, Resultant Force, equilibrium, Free Body Diagrams and Truss Analysis). This course is delivered via in class lectures and the LEARN management system (database).
 
CIVL-1014 Surveying 1
This course will introduce the fundamentals of survey measurement and equipment use, profile plotting, grade calculations and topographic surveying. This course includes a practical field component consisting of basic measurement exercises using a surveyor's steel tape (chain), levels and digital Total Stations.
 
CIVL-1016 Technical Communication 1

The course focuses on improving students’ communication skills. Topics include basic technical communication, business correspondence, plain English, document design, informal reports such as incident and trip reports, oral presentations, and job search techniques. These are communication skills required of a successful civil engineering technologist

 
CIVL-1017 Technical Graphics
Part A of this course consists of visualizing objects using orthographic and isometric views, as well as scaling and drawing conventions. Part B of this course consists of training in AutoCAD. It will provide students with an introduction to and an understanding of the basic functions of AutoCAD computer aided drafting software. Building upon these functions, students will gain an understanding of the more advanced two-dimensional features of AutoCAD. Students will also be introduced to the basic functions of drawing in 3D.
 
CIVL-1018 College Expectations and Survival Skills
This course outlines the college expectations for students, and gives them reference material to enhance their survival skills, for success in their chosen field of study, and their career, to assist them with finding the resouces they need; to decrease preventable drop outs and help students achieve their goals to graduate. Installation of current college-supplied software for various courses is also included in this segment.
 
CIVL-1020 Professional Ethics
The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of ethics and decision making in the workplace. Practical functions are introduced including: understanding the foundation of ethics; personal morality and lifestyle; social ethics; professional expectations in the workplace; construction contracts; the role of government; common myths; architectural issues & construction defects; engineering & construction defects; construction defects & litigation; care, custody & control; specialized & investigative services; expert witness; and CTTAM Code of Ethics & Guidelines. Employee/employer centric exercises, case studies and practical assignments will provide an indentifiable linkage between more abstract theory and real world practice and assist successful students to master ethical decision making. Techniques learned will also be applied to other courses and on-the-job experiences. Wherever practicable case studies and reading references will be based on the construction industry and related fields. The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of ethics and decision making in the workplace. Practical functions are introduced including: understanding the foundation of ethics; personal morality and lifestyle; social ethics; professional expecations in the workplace; construction contracts; the investigative services; expert witness; and CTTAM Code of Ethics & Guidelines. Employee/employeer centric exercises, case studies and practical assignemnts will provide an identifiable linkage between more abstract theory and real world practice and assist successful students to master ethical decision making. Techniques learned will also be applied to other courses and on-the-job experiences. Wherever practicable case studies and reading references will be based on the construction industry and related fields.
 
CIVL-1022 Building Science
Building science principles are required to understand how a building functions and reacts to its environment, and to improve its efficiency and durability. You will investigate the effects that the movement of air, heat, moisture and wind have on the building envelope and be able to describe critical components such as insulating materials, air and vapour barriers, their use, applications and properties. A variety of building envelope solutions for cold climates will be explored.
 
CIVL-1023 BIM Fundamentals
This course will explore Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the use of Autodesk® Revit. You will be introduced to the concepts of building information modelling, the production of construction documents - plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules and 3D views - with work in both imperial and metric measurements. Projects include residential, multistory commercial, and renovation work.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1017
 
CIVL-1024 Architectural Detailing 1
In this course, you will examine and study building practices, techniques, systems, assemblies and materials used in the construction of residential and small commercial buildings. You will work with the detailing and production of "working drawings" of a "design-controlled" single-family residence. Your learning will focus on what is often termed as the "wood-frame construction" and the "wood-frame module" using common industry terminology. You will study the implications and effect that zoning and code regulations have on the building. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1017
 
CIVL-1025 Building Mechanical Systems
This course is designed to provide an outline of the design, function and operation of mechanical systems for buildings. You will be introduced to the basic components of mechanical systems and will discuss the relationship between building envelope design, energy use, sustainability and human comfort. You will develop an understanding of mechanical system terminology.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1017
 
CIVL-1026 Building Structural Systems
You will learn about common building practices and materials related to Part 9 of The National Building Code - "Housing and Small Buildings". Your studies will include reinforced concrete, structural steel and wood framing practices which will be used to create structural engineering drawings using industry standard structural drawing conventions and techniques.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1017
 
CIVL-1027 Bldg Materials and Environment
In this course, you will learn about the major building materials used in the construction industry. You will review typical manufacturing and processing, end uses and maintenance requirements for each material. The course will enable you to select and specify appropriate materials for buildings. In addition, you will learn to assess the condition of building materials, propose possible causes of deterioration, evaluate if maintenance is required, and plan remediation. You will be introduced to green building technology and how material composition and selection affects the environment. A term project evaluates the use of building materials through a case study.
 
CIVL-1028 Principles Const Documentation
Developed by Construction Specifications Canada, the Principals of Construction Documentation course is an introductory course that will enable you to develop an understanding of construction documentation(specifications, drawings, and schedules), products, bidding procedures, and contracts. This course will emphasize the relationship that exists between specifications and drawings, and the role of the industry participants.
 
CIVL-1029 Codes and Standards
In this course, you will learn to use the Manitoba Building Code (MBC), [i.e. the National Building Code (NBC) including the relevant and latest "Manitoba Amendments"] and how the provisions of the Code impact the design and construction of these types of buildings. Topics will include the format, terminology and definitions of the Code, building classification relevant to use and occupancy, construction types, fire-resistance ratings, occupant load, building size, area of unprotected openings, means of egress, exit and washroom requirements. Part 3 of the NBC will also include an emphasis on "barrier free design." You will learn how the Code applies to residential construction, including such topics as span tables and stair design. Additional topics of study will include the National Fire Code (NFC), the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MEBC), and the City of Winnipeg's zoning by-laws and standards.
 
CIVL-2033 Intermediate BIM
This course will build upon concepts learned in Building Information Modelling (BIM) Fundamentals and will introduce topics to advance you in the mastery of software used in the production and management of BIM models. You will be introduced to concepts including project templates, family creation, and document preparation. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1023
 
CIVL-2034 Architectural Detailing 2
In this course, you will learn about the production of "working drawings" as they relate to the scope of work in a professional architectural office. You will produce working drawings to current industry standards from written, sketched and oral data, of a design-controlled commercial building project, consisting of multiple occupancies and to current detailing practices, with an emphasis on horizontal elements of plan views. You will learn about the various building materials, systems and construction techniques required to produce a proper set of architectural working drawings for a small "commercial type" building. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1024
 
CIVL-2035 MEP Detailing
This course is designed to provide you with the skills required to interpret and produce mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) drawings as related to the design and construction of buildings. You will be introduced to the standards and requirements for creating MEP drawings and their relationship between the architecture and structural disciplines.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1017 CIVL-1025
 
CIVL-2036 Structural Detailing
This course consists of applying learned concepts of line convention, geometric constructions, orthographic projection, and sectional drawings using decimal, fractional imperial and metric SI units of measurement. You will apply regional standards and techniques used in the preparation of structural working drawings, and will be introduced to components and materials used in commercial construction including structural steel, reinforced concrete (both cast in place and pre-cast), and masonry construction. This involves extensive sketching at the beginning and ends with working drawings, created with the version of AutoCAD® used in your first year studies.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1026
 
CIVL-2037 Specs and Contract Admin
This course will explore the administration and enforcement of contract requirements during the construction phase of the project. You will be introduced to the specification process on projects including writing styles used by professionals, contracts, bidding, legal issues, disputes, and how to close out a project.
Prerequisites:
CMDP-3003 CIVL-1028
 
CIVL-2038 Estimating and QTO
This course will provide you with an understanding of the content and organization of Contract Documents, and how they are used in the estimating, bidding and construction phases of a project. You will learn the basic procedures for preparing detailed quantity take-offs, pricing of labour and materials, and calculation of general expenses. Also covered will be an introduction to the various contract administration procedures and processes.
Prerequisites:
CMDP-3003
 
CIVL-2039 Building Interior Detailing
In this course, you will explore the concepts required to effectively detail an architectural project as it applies to the interior details. You will be introduced to the detailing requirements as they apply to complex millwork, interior architectural elements, material characteristics, component connections and custom furnishings.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-2033 CIVL-2034
 
CIVL-2040 Green Bldgs and Sustainability
The course will provide you with an overview of current green building materials and systems used in construction. Sustainable and integrated approaches to current technology and materials will be reviewed.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-1027
 
CIVL-3028 Advanced BIM
This course will build upon concepts learned in Intermediate Building Information Modelling (BIM) and will introduce topics to advance your skills in the mastery of software used in the production and management of BIM models. You will be introduced to concepts including massing, design options, creating families, and collaborative techniques. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-2033
 
CIVL-3029 Architectural Detailing 3
This course will build upon the skills learned in Architectural Detailing 2. You will continue to incorporate content from the structural, mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines and courses. You will produce architectural working drawings with a focus on the drawing and detailing of more "vertical" representations of building sections, wall sections, stair sections and details. You will incorporate applicable building codes and programming implications, with the emphasis concentrating on other required elements of a project's working drawings. Skills developed in this course will be applied to concepts in other Architectural Technology courses.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-2034
 
CIVL-3030 Capstone Project
This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, concepts, and methods of architectural technology that are covered throughout the entirety of the program. You will complete a 'design-controlled' project that reflects the current practice in architectural firms. You will be responsible to complete a set of predefined deliverables that emulate the schematic design, design development, and contract document phases of an architectural project.
Prerequisites:
CIVL-2033 CIVL-1029 CIVL-2035 CIVL-2036 CIVL-2034
 
CMDP-1010 Report Writing
This course examines the process of creating, developing, and presenting reports. It focuses on learning the basic steps and how-to's of writing a report including organizing and conducting an investigation, accurately documenting report sources, and planning, writing and completing the report.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite is dependent on the program being taken.
 
CMDP-3003 Project Management 1
This course serves as a general introduction to and an overview of Project Management practice in construction. Students will become familiar with key terms and internal and external factors that influence a project’s success. The life cycle and organization of a project is described. The course also introduces students to the nine knowledge areas and five process groups which comprise the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge. A variety of tools and techniques used in the management of projects will be introduced.
 
SAFE-1028 WHMIS
The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.
 
SEMR-9209 General Safety Training

This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

 
WRKE-1017 Co-op Work Placement
You are required to complete a 4-month Co-operative Education Work Term (from May to August) between the two academic years. You must complete a minimum of 16-weeks work experience to get credit for the work term. This work experience may be completed with more than one employer. The work must be in an area that will complement your program with relevant "real world" experience. Positions must be paid employment, not work shadowing or volunteer work.
 

CO-OP/Practicum Information

Co-operative education integrates related on-the-job training with classroom theory by alternating terms of academic study and employment.

As an Architectural Technology student, you will graduate with 4 months of related work experience, gained through co-op education. The College does not guarantee employment.

Laptop Delivery

You will be required to purchase a laptop computer and related software for use throughout the program.

The use of laptop computers is an integral part of this program. It will enhance your learning and competitiveness in the job market. This universal-access approach to learning is a shared one between students and the College. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program to ensure the laptop complies with the program requirements.

Do not purchase a laptop until you have been accepted and registered in the program. 

Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop that meets or exceeds the following specifications:

1.  Intel Pentium 4 processor at minimum, and processor must be 64-bit. 32-bit is not suitable (strongly recommend an i5 or i7 processor)
2.  4 GB of ram (strongly recommend 64-bit with 8 GB of ram)
3.  Wireless N capability
4.  A network cable is needed at all times in the classrooms (approximately 5 feet or 1.5 meters).
5.  Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 and 10 Professional (or Enterprise). Windows 7 or 8 and 10 Home or Starter Edition is not recommended
6.  Additional software will be provided. Installation will occur during class time using the network cable you supply not over the wireless network.

The College will also provide a detailed list of required software, network access, and help desk support if you require assistance. You will have on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, and the Internet.

Off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the program, you should be able to:

  • Participate in pre-construction functions including data gathering, sketching and estimating to create construction drawings using industry software such as CAD and BIM
  • Apply codes, bylaws and regulations to ensure health and safety, fire protection, barrier free access and structural sufficiency
  • Research and apply sustainable building practices to comply with building programs such as LEED
  • Use, adapt and maximize technologies to create and manage building information
  • Integrate architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical disciplines within the building project to promote construction efficiency
  • Prepare project manuals, using industry specific software, to delineate quality of material and workmanship
  • Administer construction contracts to ensure compliance with project contract documents
  • Demonstrate verbal, graphic, written, and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively in teams
  • Administer project resources by establishing, scheduling and monitoring project activities and tasks within constraints of time, costs and quality
  • Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethics, accountability, resourcefulness and lifelong learning
Transfer Credit Opportunities
You may continue studies with advanced credit standings towards other College programs and various university programs.
Contact Information
For general information about this program or how to apply, contact the Student Service Center at 204-632-2327 or 1-800-903-7707 (Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:45pm) or by email register@rrc.ca.

For detailed program information, or to explore your suitability for these programs in more detail, email your inquiries to civilengtech@rrc.ca.