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Architectural Technologist

Architectural technologists work with architects, engineers and others in designing and developing plans and working drawings, estimating costs and supervising building construction projects.

  • Avg. Salary $63,499.00
  • Avg. Wage $32.66
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

CAD Technician/Technologist

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

56%
56%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Architectural Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Architectural Technologists and Technicians
NOC code: 2251
INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing building codes, by-laws, space requirements, site requirements and other technical documents and reports

METHODICAL

Interest in supervising to represent building architects on construction sites to ensure compliance with design specifications and maintenance of desired standards of materials and quality of work; may supervise construction projects and co-ordinate, monitor and inspect work done by others; may supervise draftspersons, technicians and technologists on architectural teams

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to assist in the development of architectural designs and to construct architectural and display models, and 3-D virtual models of architectural designs

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation. 

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 18, 2016

Architectural technologists implement architects' design concepts by:

  • analyzing the technical implications
  • assembling the data necessary to complete architectural designs
  • using computers to prepare design and working drawings, 3-dimensional models and design presentations
  • co-ordinating structural, electrical and mechanical designs
  • preparing detailed instructions and specifications.

Under an architect's supervision, architectural technologists also may:

  • prepare requests for quotations, cost estimates and contracts for projects
  • represent the architect on the construction site, conduct site inspections, attend site meetings and prepare meeting notes, and ensure that the builder is complying with design specifications
  • instruct site managers or contractors about specific actions needed to correct design problems.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 18, 2016

Architectural technologists generally work in an office environment. Their hours of work may be longer during peak construction periods, and overtime is required to meet deadlines.

Technologists who work on construction sites may be required to climb ladders and scaffolding, and must follow safety precautions to avoid injury.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 18, 2016

Architectural technologists need the following characteristics:

  • high moral and ethical standards
  • precision, persistence and imagination
  • concern about detail and accuracy
  • an interest in design and aesthetics
  • good mathematical and science skills
  • ability to visualize the details of building components in three dimensions and reproduce them in two dimensions
  • ability to communicate well graphically, orally and in writing
  • ability to work effectively in a team environment and with people in the construction industry
  • ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines.

They should enjoy analyzing requirements and finding solutions to problems, taking a methodical approach to their work, and working with instruments and equipment at tasks requiring precision.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 18, 2016

The minimum educational requirement for employment as an architectural technologist is a diploma in architectural technology.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Bow Valley College

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 18, 2016

Certification with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET is voluntary.

The Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) offers affiliate memberships to architectural technologists who have at least two years of work experience under the supervision of a registered or licensed member of the AAA, and pass an exam.  

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 18, 2016

Architectural technologists may work for:

  • architects
  • consulting engineers
  • local authorities
  • government departments
  • schools
  • building contractors
  • surveyors
  • building materials and equipment suppliers
  • home design and construction companies
  • real estate developers
  • property management companies, particularly those with large land or lease holdings such as banks, retailers and shopping centres
  • utilities companies such as hydroelectric, gas, telephone and oil companies.

They may be employed part time, full time or on a contract basis.

Architectural technologists usually start out as assistants to architects, other technologists or engineers. Technologists who work with a number of other technologists on a project team may advance to the position of team captain in charge of the production of working drawings and details. Other options include working as specifications writers for consulting firms or becoming self-employed architectural technologists.

Architectural technologists also may work in related fields such as:

  • estimating
  • building product sales and promotion
  • building contracting or maintenance
  • building inspection
  • real estate
  • building component manufacturing
  • graphic design
  • desktop publishing.

Architectural technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2251: Architectural technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 84% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 18, 2016

For more information, see ASET's annual salary survey.

Architectural technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2251

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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  • Average
  • Median
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Overall
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $19.71 $37.00 $24.64 $24.04
Overall $25.00 $43.92 $32.66 $34.41
Top $25.29 $73.28 $48.69 $44.25

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Construction

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

56%
56%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

34%
34%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

12%
12%

2015 Vacancy Rate

3%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Physics
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Design Studies
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 18, 2016

Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) website: www.aaa.ab.ca

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET website: www.aset.ab.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 16, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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