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Working as an Architectural Technologist / Technician [NOC 2251]

Job Description

Architectural technologists and technicians help professional architects design, carry out and supervise building projects.  You do the following:

  • Create working drawings and models from architects’ designs
  • Make sure designs meet building code regulations
  • Prepare cost estimates and instructions for builders
  • Prepare contract and bidding documents
  • Represent architects on building sites

Sources: WorkBC Career Profile for Architects (NOC 2251) and Career Cruising (Profile for Architectural Tech)

Industry Overview

The demand for architectural technologists and technicians is expected to grow in the coming years. The number of jobs is closely linked to the number of projects within the construction industry:

  • new infrastructure and resource-related projects lead investment
  • future expansion is concentrated in non-residential construction
  • housing-related construction is projected to remain largely unchanged
  • housing starts decline in 2017 and 2019 while renovation construction advances slowly across the scenario period.

Source: Buildforce Canada, 2016-2025, British Columbia, Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward

Job Outlook in BC

Architectural Technologists and Technicians, NOC 2251

job outlook for architectural technologists & technicians

JobBank Canada reports that for the 2016-2018 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Architectural technologists and technicians (NOC 2251) in the Lower Mainland – Southwest region.  Employment growth is expected to be moderate and a large number of people are expected to retire.

The Employment Outlook for BC provides job openings projections for architectural technologists & technicians within BC regions:

Region 2015-2025 Estimated Job Openings 2015-2025
Average Annual
Employment Growth
Vancouver Island 50 0.5%
Lower Mainland / Southwest 360 1.5%
Thompson Okanagan 70 2.9%

Source: WorkBC Career Profile for Architects (NOC 2251)

You can learn more about working as an Architectural Technologist/Technician in BC from:

Types of Employers

You may be employed by:

  • architectural and construction firms
  • governments
  • building contractors
  • surveyors
  • real estate developers
  • consulting engineers
  • utility companies

Salary

In BC the average annual median salary is $60,545. Your wage depends on experience, location, and level of education. Full-time techs usually get benefits as well as a salary. These can include dental coverage, paid vacations, and paid sick days.

Job Bank Canada provides hourly wages for Architectural Technologists & Technicians in two BC regions:

hourly wages for architectural technologists & technicians

Chart: Job Bank Canada, wage reports

Working Hours

You generally work a 5 day, 40 hour week. However, you may be expected to work overtime and weekends to meet deadlines.

Skills, Education, and Experience

Skills

  • Math and computer skills
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Drawing and 3-D visualization
  • Detail oriented
  • Team project work
  • Problem solving

Education and Experience

To work as an architectural tech, you usually require:

Qualifications

You must be registered with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) to use the term Architectural Technologist.

Certification as a Certified Residential Designer or Registered Building Designer is available through the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC).

For more information see:

Internationally Trained and Accredited Architectural Techs

If you are an internationally trained architectural technologist or technician you may qualify for provisional membership with ASTTBC. This includes an assessment of your education and professional credentials.

For more information:

Finding Jobs

You’ll find job advertisements in local newspapers, trade journals, and electronic sources, as well as through professional associations’ publications.

Local Newspapers

You can look at the Vancouver Sun and The Province at Vancouver Public Library for free. Check the job postings daily, the careers section in the Vancouver Sun on Wednesdays and Saturdays and in The Province on Sundays.

Job White Pages

  • Available online or in print at the Central Library
    NOTE:Access at VPL locations only

Online Job Postings

  • BC JobConnect
    **must have permanent resident number**
    newcomers can post their skills, education and work experience to BC employers looking for workers

Professional Associations’ Career Resources

Identifying the Right Position

When you browse job advertisements, you’ll find a range of different job titles that are relevant.  For architectural technologists/technicians, look for these related job titles (from NOC code 2251):

  • architectural design technician/technologist
  • architectural technician/technologist
  • registered building technologist
  • residential building technologist

Creating a List of Potential Employers

You can use directories to produce lists of employers in Vancouver or BC. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.

  • Reference Canada
    Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
    Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
    In the top search box enter “architect” and click LOOKUP.
    Select the appropriate headings, e.g.  “architectural designers” “architectural services”. You can also try “construction companies”.
    Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
    NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number)

Applying for a Job

In Canada, employers usually expect to receive a resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter that identifies the position you are applying for and summarizes your relevant experience.

Use the  library catalogue to find books on writing resumes and cover letters specific to your industry.

To learn about applying for jobs in Canada, use the following guides:

Getting Help from Industry Sources

Industry Associations

Associations in BC and Canada can provide information and assistance. Registration and fees are usually required for membership.

Industry Journals

Industry journals provide current information about projects, events and companies. The following are available at the Central Library and online:

  • ArchitectureBC / Architectural Institute of British Columbia
    Also available at the Central Library, 720.9711 A673n
  • Building
    Also available at the Central Library, 690.5 C212