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  • A computer screen, showing a design package.

    Architectural technicians need to know how to use software such as AutoCAD and MicroStation.

  • A sheet of paper, with an architectural drawing on it.

    They also have to produce drawings of planned developments. Usually, the drawings are computer generated, but sometimes sketches by-hand will be needed.

  • A man is sitting at a desk, speaking on a telephone.  He is looking at various paper documents.

    When office-based, technicians could spend a lot of time on the phone.

  • A man is sitting at a desk, using a computer.

    They'll also use email. Here, the technician is forwarding some information to a structural engineer.

  • A man is flicking through a pile of large sheets of paper.

    Architectural technicians may have to work on several projects at the same time.

  • A large building site, featuring scaffolding.

    As well as office-based work, there may be times when site visits are needed.

  • A man, wearing a high visibility tabard and hard hat, is standing in an empty office building.  He is looking at the ceiling.

    Health and safety is always important on-site.

  • A newly completed office block.

    The finished development.

  • Architectural Technician

Architectural Technician

Introduction

Architectural technicians provide support to other professionals in the building industry. This could be people like architectural technologists, architects, surveyors or engineers.

Also known as

  • Technician, Architectural

Work Activities

As an Architectural Technician, you will give support to other professionals in the construction industry. This might include:

  • Architectural Technologists
  • Surveyors
  • Engineers
  • Architects

A major part of your work will be to make sure that the other professionals are able to carry out their work as smoothly as possible.

You'll collect and organise technical information to be used during the development of a construction project.

As a Technician, you will prepare drawings for a project using CAD software and also, sometimes, by hand. You will also work on preparing plans and specifications.

In this job, you'll probably be office-based. However, sometimes, you might get the chance to go on site visits. On-site, you will have to wear a hard hat and follow all health and safety regulations.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become an Architectural Technician, you will need to:

  • be good communicators, as they have to deal with a lot of different people
  • understand and be able to use CAD software
  • be accurate workers with a good eye for detail
  • have good organisational skills to stay on top of all the projects you'll be working on
  • be able to draw and sketch things freehand
  • have an interest in how the construction industry can affect the environment

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £24,000 - £25,000
  • With experience: £27,000 - £30,500
  • Senior Architectural Technicians earn £32,000

Hours of work

Architectural Technicians tend to work 39 hours a week with occasional weekend and evening work according to the demands of the project.

Where could I work?

Work is available in all parts of the country in:

  • private practices
  • local government architectural or planning departments
  • central government departments
  • construction companies
  • research practices
  • manufacturing companies
  • the health service
  • education

You should be able to find vacancies for this job throughout the UK.

Self-employment

Opportunities occur for Architectural Technicians to work freelance on short contracts.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on recruitment and employers' websites, and on Find a Job (www.gov.uk/jobsearch).

Social media websites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, are a great way to network, find vacancies and get in contact with possible employers. Make sure that your profile presents you in a professional manner that will appeal to potential employers.

Take a look at our General Information Article 'Finding Work Online'.

GreenJobs is a job board aimed at people interested in green careers:

www.greenjobs.co.uk/browse-jobs/architect/

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

You could get into this job after an HNC, HND or foundation degree. After those courses, you could go on to do a full degree or maybe a degree apprenticeship. However, for most jobs, you won't need to be a graduate.

A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Some people start off in this job after doing A levels, or equivalent qualifications, such as a BTEC level 3 qualification.

Training

Once you have done the academic stage of training, you can apply to the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) to become an Associate member (ACIAT).

To become a professionally qualified Architectural Technician (TCIAT) member of the CIAT, you will need to have one or two years of supervised work experience.

Progression

Some Technicians are encouraged to develop their skills further and progress to become Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT).

Work Experience

Previous experience gained in the construction industry, and knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) are useful for this career.

Qualifications

To enter an HNC, HND or foundation degree in architectural technology, you'll need:

  • 1 A level; preferred subjects include maths and physics
  • a GCSE at grade C/4 or above in your A level subject
  • a further 3/4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English, maths and a science subject

Alternatives to A levels, include:

  • the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • BTEC level 3 qualifications (a subject such as 3D design will really help you to stand out from the crowd)
  • an Advanced Level Apprenticeship

To get onto a Degree Apprenticeship, you will usually need at least 2 A levels.

However, entry requirements for different courses vary, so check college/university university websites for more details.

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Relevant qualifications gained in the construction industry, and knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD) are useful.

If you lack traditional academic qualifications, but have several years' experience in the building or construction industries, you can still apply to enter a course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

CIAT has a profile candidate grade to enable those with appropriate experience to become access members, though designatory letters cannot be used.

You will be asked to submit details of any qualifications or experience that you have and complete a Professional Occupational Performance (POP) Record in order to proceed to full membership.

Being a professionally qualified Architectural Technician (TCIAT) can provide a route to qualification as a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT).

If you don't have the qualifications needed to enter your chosen degree or HND course, a college or university Access course could be the way in.

These courses are designed for people who have not followed the usual routes into higher education. No formal qualifications are usually needed, but you should check this with individual colleges.

Further Information

LGjobs

Local government vacancies

Website: www.lgjobs.com

myjobscotland: Scottish local government vacancies

Scottish enquiries

Email: myjobscotland@cosla.gov.uk

Website: www.myjobscotland.gov.uk

CITB-ConstructionSkills

Skills for the construction industry

Address: Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6RH

Website: www.cskills.org

CITB NI

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Address: Nutts Corner Training Centre, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, County Antrim BT29 4SR

Tel: 028 9082 5466

Email: info@citbcsni.org.uk

Website: www.citbcsni.org.uk

Construction Employers Federation (CEF)

Irish enquiries

Address: 143 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6SU

Tel: 028 9087 7143

Email: mail@cefni.co.uk

Website: www.cefni.co.uk

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

Address: Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6RH

Tel: 0844 5768777

Website: www.cscs.uk.com

bConstructive

Publisher: CITB-ConstructionSkills

Tel: 0344 994 4010

Email: myapprenticeship@citb.co.uk

Website: www.bconstructive.co.uk

Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

Address: Lutyens House, Billing Brook Road, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 8NW

Tel: 01604 404121

Email: building.engineers@abe.org.uk

Website: www.abe.org.uk

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)

Address: 397 City Road, Islington, London EC1V 1NH

Tel: 020 7278 2206

Email: info@ciat.org.uk

Website: www.ciat.org.uk

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Address: Blue Court, Church Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8JP

Tel: 01923 260000

Email: ecitb@ecitb.org.uk

Website: careers.ecitb.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

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