Architectural Technologists and Technicians

(NOC 2251)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Architectural technologists and technicians help architects and civil design engineers conduct research, prepare drawings, architectural models, specifications, and contracts, and supervise construction projects. Architectural technologists and technicians work for architectural and construction firms, and governments.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 2585 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Architectural Technologists and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 56% of Architectural Technologists and Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $44,412. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$30,001

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$37.80

Median

$48.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Architectural technologists and technicians help architects and civil design engineers conduct research, prepare drawings, architectural models, specifications, and contracts, and supervise construction projects. Architectural technologists and technicians work for architectural and construction firms, and governments.

Job duties

Architectural technologists and technicians:

  • Help develop 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 coordinate, monitor, and inspect work done by others.

Sample job titles

  • architectural assistant
  • architectural design technician
  • architectural design technologist
  • architectural technician
  • architectural technologist
  • registered building technician
  • registered building technologist
  • residential buildings technologist

Skills

You should be interested in architecture and design and have an interest in construction and the various building trades. Grade 12 math and physics are recommended. You should enjoy detailed and precise work. A good imagination and creativity would be helpful. Good written and spoken communication skills are important. Computer skills would also be helpful.

Job requirements

  • 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.

Other considerations

Employment levels may vary from year to year as economic conditions change and the amount of construction activity is affected. There is movement to other related roles like drafters, civil engineering technologists and technicians, construction estimators, and construction inspectors. Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

80

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

12.5%

self employed

43.8%
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56.2%
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34.5

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

91.5%

employed full-time

7.6%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

100.0%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

57.1%

Professional, scientific and technical services

14.3%

Construction

14.3%

Wholesale trade

14.3%

Real estate and rental and leasing

What is the age of Employment?

39.0%

25-34

28.0%

35-44

17.0%

45-54

17.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

24.2%

25-34

23.5%

45-54

23.4%

35-44

16.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

56.3%

College Diploma

$37,945 median annual income
31.3%

Bachelor

N/A
12.5%

Trade Certification

N/A
12.5%

Diploma Above Bachelor

N/A
12.5%

Master

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.1%

College Diploma

$59,986 median annual income
29.8%

Bachelor

$63,965 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$45,835 median annual income
9.9%

Master

$65,105 median annual income
6.9%

Trade Certification

$57,773 median annual income

Education & training

Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of architects, engineers and planners engaged in designing and developing buildings, urban complexes, and related systems. They include courses in design testing procedures, building site analysis, model building and computer graphics, engineering drawing, structural systems testing, analysis of prototype mechanical and interior systems, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

TechNova
Dartmouth, NS
Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
Ottawa, ON

Additional resources

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