Architectural Design & Building Construction



  • General Construction

  • Contractor

  • Commercial Construction

  • Green Building

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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.

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Award: AAS Degree

First Semester
AD101Building Design2 credits
AD151Architectural Drafting Design4 credits
BC103Construction Equipment1 credit
BC110Framing and Exterior Finish3 credits
BC115Building Methods2 credits
BC121Material Takeoff2 credits
OSHA101OSHA 10 Training1 credit
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Total Semester Hours16 credits
Second Semester
AD102Building Materials2 credits
AD117Project Timeline and Cost2 credits
AD1523D Architectural Design2 credits
BC124Green Building2 credits
BC125Building Envelope2 credits
BC130Casework3 credits
BC162Post Frame1 credit
CIS101Computer Concepts3 credits
CPR100First Aid, CPR AED0.5 credits
Total Semester Hours17.5 credits
Third Semester
BC290Commercial Internship6 credits
Total Semester Hours6 credits
Fourth Semester
AD221Advanced Building Principles2 credits
AD242Building Information Modeling2 credits
AD272Commercial Contruction Documents2 credits
BC210Advanced Wood Framing2 credits
BC212Drywall, Tape and Texture2 credits
BC221Footings and Foundations2 credits
Written Communications Elective 3 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours18 credits
Fifth Semester
BC225Commercial Structures3 credits
BC230Interior Finish4 credits
BC271Construction Contracting Leadership3 credits
WLD103Basic SMAW1 credit
Math Elective3 credits
General Education Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours17 credits



Successful completion of all 100 level technical courses is required to continue on to advanced 200 level courses.


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”
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.


Eric Schramm


Mark Munsen


Jim Mahoney

Program Director / Instructor



$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Books / Tools (estimated)$3,749




SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.



Pella Program Support

Pella of Sioux Falls

Current Student
2.5 GPA



Willard “Bill” Krueger Memorial Scholarship Fund

Family of Willard "Bill" Krueger

The Willard "Bill" Krueger Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 by his family to honor Bill, who was an amazing husband and an outstanding Dad and Grandpa who had a sweet and patient personality. Bill was from Howard, SD, and worked most of his adult life in the building and construction industry. He also had a passion for woodworking and created numerous master pieces for his wife and daughters.
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Applicant must be currently attending MTC as a second year, full-time student in Architectural Design and Building Construction program Applicants must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application) Applicant who demonstrates determination and patience First priority given to applicants from Howard, SD. SD resident



South Dakota Wheat Commission

South Dakota Wheat Commission

The South Dakota Wheat Commission began offering scholarships for Culinary Academy of South Dakota, Animal Science, Ag Business, Agronomy, Precision Technology, and SD Center for Farm and Ranch Management program students in 2014. The Commission has been an active supporter of several Mitchell Technical College programs for several years and has provided financial support for equipment and program development.
Agricultural Business
Animal Science
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Precision Ag Technology
Applicants must be currently enrolled as first year full-time students in the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or Agronomy programs, with second choice being Ag Business, Animal Science or Precision Technology Applicants must complete the MTC current student online application during the open enrollment period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Award considerations include academic performance, financial need, responses to essay questions and recommendations from instructors. Ag award preference would be to someone who comes from or has plans to go into production agriculture, specifically wheat production Culinary Academy of South Dakota award preference would be students interested in the baking side of the program



Roger Carlson “Tough Old Bird” Endowed Scholarship

Family & Friends of Roger Carlson

The endowment was established in 2013 by the family and friends of longtime Mithell Tech Ag instructor Roger Carlson. Carlson began his career at Mitchell Tech in August, 1990, and was a valued member of the Ag Technology department until May, 2011, when health problems forced his retirement. Carlson passed away on August 27, 2012 from complications related to leukemia. The endowment began providing scholarships in the 2013-14 school year to a qualifying student in the Ag Technology, Architecture Design and Building Construction or Farm Power Technology programs. The scholarship will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Agricultural Business
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Applicant must be an first year full-time student enrolled at MTC in the Ag Business, Animal Science, Agronomy, Architecture Design and Building Construction, or Diesel Power Technology program Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship



Puetz Development Scholarship

Puetz Development

Puetz Development established this scholarship for ADBC students in 2022. Puetz Development have been recorded supporters of the Mitchell Technical College's ADBC program with cash donations, student partnerships, and provided scholarship funding the Mitchell Technical College.
Architectural Design and Building Construction
On Campus
Must be a Current full time student studying in the ADBC program Must be enrolled full time 25. GPA Applicant must complete the MTC Online application to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

fax: 605.995.3067
[email protected]

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