Architectural technologists and technicians (NOC 2251)

Job titles

  • architectural assistant
  • architectural design technician
  • architectural design technologist
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Nature of work

Architectural technologists and technicians may work independently or provide technical assistance to professional architects and civil design engineers in conducting research, preparing drawings, architectural models, specifications and contracts and in supervising construction projects. Architectural technologists and technicians are employed by architectural and construction firms, and governments.

Fields of interest

  • Crunching numbers
  • Drawing up plans, drafting

Main duties

  • Architectural technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Assist in the development of architectural designs
  • - Analyze building codes, by-laws, space requirements, site requirements and other technical documents and reports
  • - Prepare manual and CAD (computer-assisted design) drawings, specifications, cost estimates and listings of quantities of material from conceptual drawings and instructions
  • - Construct architectural and display models, and 3-D virtual models of architectural designs
  • - Prepare contract and bidding documents
  • - May supervise drafters, technicians and technologists on the architectural team
  • - May supervise construction projects and co-ordinate, monitor and inspect work done by others.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of a two- to three-year college program in architectural technology or a related subject is usually required.
  • * Certification in architectural technology or in a related field through provincial associations of architectural or engineering/applied science technologists and technicians may be required by employers.
  • * A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
  • * In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."

Skill type

  • Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * There is mobility to other related occupations such as drafters, civil engineering technologists and technicians, construction estimators and construction inspectors.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec (OTPQ)
  • 606, rue Cathcart, suite 505
  • Montréal, QC
  • H3B1K9
  • Toll free: 1-800-561-3459
  • Phone: 514-845-3247
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