Architectural Technologist and Technician

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Architectural technologists and technicians work with professional architects and civil design engineers.

NOC Code: 2251

Job Duties

Architectural technologists and technicians work with professional architects and civil design engineers. You may work for architectural, engineering, or construction firms, in government, or in other industries. As an architectural technologist, you have more responsibility than a technician, and you may work in your own private practice providing building design services to the public. If you want to provide design services to the public, you need to be qualified and registered with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing by getting a Building Code Identification Number (BCIN). To get a BCIN you have to prove your knowledge of certain sections of the Ontario Building Code. See Post-Secondary Programs for more information about getting a BCIN.

Generally, architectural technologists or technicians:

  • Develop architectural designs manually and with computer-aided design (CAD).
  • Examine building codes, by-laws, space requirements, site requirements, and other technical documents and reports.
  • Follow building regulations and other legal requirements.
  • Determine costs and needed materials from conceptual drawings and instructions.
  • Construct architectural and display models and 3-D virtual models of architectural designs.
  • Prepare contracts and bids.
  • Supervise drafters, technicians, and technologists on the architectural team.
  • Supervise construction projects and co-ordinate, monitor, and inspect construction work.

Source: Ontario Job Futures [PDF]

Job Requirements

Education

This job requires: College or University

Experience

This job requires 2 - 5 years of work experience.

Source: Ontario Job Futures [PDF]

Essential Skills

As an architectural technologist or technician, you need to:

  • Speak, write, and read English.
  • Have strong design and drawing skills.
  • Have good attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Be knowledgeable about the Ontario Building Code.
  • Have experience in CAD (AutoCAD and/or Revit).
  • Have good interpersonal skills.

Source: Ontario Skills Passport

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with architects, other technicians and technologists, contractors, construction workers, and clients. You should also be able to deal with city building departments and product representatives.

Labour Market Information

Trends

Many new engineers and architects are now doing CAD and production tasks.  Previously, only architectural technicians and technologists did these tasks. This trend may limit the growth of employment opportunities for technicians and technologists in the future.

Employment for architectural technologists and technicians depends on activity in the construction sector.

Prospects

The work prospects for this job are: Not Available


Source: Ontario Job Futures [PDF]

Wages

The average hourly wage for this job is: C$23.54/hour.

Source: HRSDC

Retraining

Educational Programs

These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.

Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

Language Training

Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).

Work Experience Programs

Many college programs in this field include cooperative (co-op) work experience.

Voluntary Membership Opportunities

Helpful Links

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Last Updated: January 8, 2014