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Architectural technician

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Architectural technicians work closely with architectural teams to create blueprints and technical plans on building projects.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become Architectural technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • architectural design and technology
  • construction and the built environment
  • architectural technology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could do a college course, which could teach you some of the skills you'll need in this job. You might then go on to study for a higher national certificate or diploma, or apply for an apprenticeship.

Courses include:

  • 3D computer-aided design
  • built environment design
  • construction and the built environment
  • T level in Design, Surveying, and Planning for Construction

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could apply for a place on one of the following apprenticeships:

  • Digital Engineering Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Construction Design and Build Technician Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

These take around 3 years to complete and include a mix of training on the job and off-site study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Employers may take you on as a trainee if you have 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and 2 A levels, in subjects like maths, science, IT and technology. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

They would then support you through training to gain your technician qualifications.

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Career tips

It can help if you've got experience in the construction industry and knowledge of computer-aided design.

Professional and industry bodies

When you've completed an approved course you can apply for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an architectural technician, you would:

  • organise technical data collected from the project team
  • develop specifications for building work
  • create construction plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • prepare feasibility studies, and applications for approval by regulatory bodies
  • give technical advice to the project team
  • visit sites to check on progress

Working environment

You could work on a construction site or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior technician and lead a team, or continue your studies, while working, to qualify as an architectural technologist or become an architect.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Design Technician Apprentice (construction)

  • Wage: £13,312 to £23,795.20 a year Annually
  • Location: Courtyard House, West End Road, High Wycombe

Apprentice Construction Design and Build Technician

  • Wage: £14,430 a year Annually
  • Location: Meltham, Holsfirth, West Yorkshire

Courses In England

HNC Architectural Technology

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Durham

HNC Architectural Technology for England (2023)

  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Castleford

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