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Architectural technician

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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

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, or equivalent, 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
  • T level in Design, Surveying and Planning in Construction

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:

  • Level 3 Digital engineering technician
  • Level 4 Construction design and build technician

    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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    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.

    What it takes

    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

    What you'll do

    Day-to-day tasks

    You could:

    • prepare technical information to plan projects
    • collect and read technical data
    • prepare plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
    • prepare applications for approval by regulatory bodies
    • develop specifications for building work
    • 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

    Career path and progression

    With experience you could work towards Associate or Affiliate membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

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

    Current opportunities

    Current opportunities

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