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Architectural technician

Architectural Technicians specialise in the application of technology in architecture, an integral supporting role on the design team providing professional technical guidance.


The role

  • Specialising in the research of products, processes, legislation and technology, as well as detailing, designs and drawings.
  • Collating and organising technical information
  • Investigating technical information and factors that affect developments, including user needs, site and building surveys and regulatory requirements
  • Monitoring health and safety in design
  • Preparing regulatory applications
  • Preparing design proposals using CAD and traditional methods
  • Contributing to the detailed design process and co-ordinating detailed design information
  • Preparing specifications for construction work
  • Preparing drawings, plans and documents for statutory approvals
  • Contributing to design stage risk assessment
  • Making site visits
  • Obtaining tenders for construction work
  • Contributing to meetings and document preparation
  • A work week is usually around 40 hours, but this can include unsocial hours, particularly when approaching deadlines.

Qualifications and training

To become an architectural technician you can complete a HND or foundation degree in architectural technology or in another built environment subject. 

In Scotland you could study for an approved Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) and qualify as an architectural technician.

Entry requirements for HNC and HND courses vary from 1 to 2 Highers plus subjects at Standard grade or National 5. Passes in English, maths and a science subject may be required.

To become a professionally qualified Architectural Technician you must complete the Architectural Technician Professional and Occupational Performance (POP) Record.  The POP Record sets out the standards against which you must assess your own competence, with confirmation from a qualified professional, who will act as a Supervisor.

Professionally qualified Architectural Technicians can go on to become Chartered Architectural Technologists.


Salary

  • Newly trained Architectural Technicians can earn in the region of £20,000 - £26,000
  • Trained with experience Architectural Technicians can earn in the region of £26,000 - £35,000
  • Senior Architectural Technicians can earn in the region of £35,000 - £48,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.


Vacancies/apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Vacancies

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