Architectural technician

Architectural technicians work closely with architectural teams on the design process of building projects.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become an Architectural technician

You can get into this job through:

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

University

You can qualify as an architectural technician by taking a foundation degree or higher national diploma approved by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Subjects include:

  • architectural technology
  • built environment

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma

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College

You could do a college course, which could teach you some of the skills you'll need in this job. Examples include

  • Level 3 Certificate in 3D Design
  • Level 3 Diploma in Built Environment Design

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to start with a company on a digital engineering technician or built environment and design advanced apprenticeship.

After completing an advanced apprenticeship you could take further training to qualify.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

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.

They may accept equivalent qualifications in engineering or construction, for example the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Constructing the Built Environment.

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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. This allows you to complete the professional qualification stage of your training.

Further information

You'll find more details about becoming an architectural technician through the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your duties could include:

  • preparing technical information to plan projects
  • collecting and reading technical data
  • preparing plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • preparing applications for approval by regulatory bodies
  • developing specifications for building work
  • giving technical advice to the project team
  • visiting sites to check on progress

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With experience you could work towards Technician (TCIAT) membership of CIAT.

With further training, you could work towards becoming an architectural technologist.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Site Management Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £350.00 - £400.00 Weekly
  • Location: London NW1 3HP

Site Management Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £350.00 - £400.00 Weekly
  • Location: Manchester M22 4BJ

Courses In England

Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma Level 3 Year 1

  • Provider: WEST SUFFOLK COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2019
  • Location: Bury St Edmunds

HNC Built Environment

  • Provider: Bournemouth & Poole College
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: Poole

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