Architectural Technologists and Technicians

(NOC 2251)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Architectural technologists and technicians may work independently or provide technical assistance to professional architects and civil design engineers in conducting research, preparing drawings, architectural models, specifications and contracts and in supervising construction projects. Architectural technologists and technicians are employed by 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 Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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

The median employment income for 60% 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

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Architectural technologists and technicians may work independently or provide technical assistance to professional architects and civil design engineers in conducting research, preparing drawings, architectural models, specifications and contracts and in supervising construction projects. Architectural technologists and technicians are employed by architectural and construction firms, and governments.

Job duties

Architectural technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist in the development of 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

For these jobs, you should be interested in architecture and design and also 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 communication skills, both written and oral, are important. Computer skills would also be helpful.

Job requirements

  • Completion of 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

Although there are no significant seasonal patterns of unemployment throughout the year, employment levels may vary from year to year as economic conditions change and the amount of construction activity is affected. There is mobility to other related occupations such as drafters, civil engineering technologists and technicians, construction estimators and construction inspectors. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience

By the numbers

Quick look

70

employed in 2016

93.3%

employed full-time

14.3%

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

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

87.5%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

46.7%

Professional Business Services

13.3%

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Leasing

13.3%

Other Professional Services

13.3%

Construction

13.3%

Wholesale Trade

What is the age of Employment?

40.0%

45-54

25.0%

25-34

25.0%

35-44

10.0%

65+

10.0%

55-64

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

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

53.3%

College certificate or diploma

$50,918 median annual income
33.3%

Bachelor's degree

$53,537 median annual income
13.3%

University advanced certificate or diploma

N/A

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

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Architectural engineering technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals 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. These programs 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 - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567
Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
2197 Riverside Dr., Suite 405
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X3
Tel: (613) 238-8123
Fax: (613) 238-8822

Additional resources

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