Architectural Technology - 531

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Create structures that define our community and specialize in building design or construction

Students in the program will learn residential and industrial-commercial institutional (ICI) design and construction techniques. They will understand how buildings work by learning the science of their materials, construction techniques and building services.

Program Highlights

  • Learn residential and Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) design and construction
  • Understand how buildings work by learning the science of their design, function, materials, construction techniques and building services
  • Acquire CAD, plan reading and visualization skills needed to create plans, contracts and specifications for today’s modern structures
  • Explore building and construction materials, interior and exterior finishes, building services and mechanical systems
  • Learn green building fundamentals and sustainability concepts
  • Design in steel, timber, masonry and concrete
  • Develop construction surveying skills, estimating, building code applications and regulations
  • Choose your own path in third year by selecting between the Design Option (building design, specifications, plans, working drawings) and the Construction Option (project management, construction supervision, facilities management)

Program Coordinator

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 12 Mathematics; MAP4C ≥ 80% or MCT4C; or any U or equivalent*
    • Grade 11 Physics and Grade 10, 11 or 12 Design Technology recommended

Option are available for mature applicants.

Note: Applicants that do not satisfy minimum requirements will be provided an alternate offer to Pre-Technology as a pathway to desired program. Successful graduates from this program will be considered for advanced standing into original program choice.

Applicants with a MAP4C between 60-79% who would like to challenge the math requirements may do so by writing a Pre-admission assessment test for a fee.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Academic Opportunities

For transfer opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer

Career Opportunities

Industries of Employment:

  • Public and Private Sectors
  • Architectural and Engineering Consulting
  • Construction Companies
  • Residential and Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Design and Construction

Occupational Categories:

  • Architectural Technologists
  • Building Inspectors
  • Construction/Facilities Managers
  • Plans Examiners
  • Estimators/Schedulers
  • Occupational Categories

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates can complete a Bachelor of Technology – Civil Engineering Infrastructure degree at McMaster University

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information


Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO), the Canadian Institute of Quality Surveyors (CIQS) and the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).

Fennell Campus
Sep 2017
Co-op option

Estimated first year tuition and fees

Full Cost Breakdown