Architectural technicians hold a sort of hybrid role in the field of planning and drafting building schematics. Generally speaking, these technicians are concerned with the technical and scientific areas which affect architectural design. When employed in architectural firms, they are typically tasked with assisting with sections of drawings that must be scientifically precise and conform to certain technological specifications. These technicians also work in engineering firms, where the goal is to incorporate scientific and technological information from engineering design teams into working drafts, drawings, and schematics.
For architectural firms, these technicians maintain roles which involve investigating necessary technology and limitations in construction. They typically work with contractors and construction design teams to assess structural needs which may be based on the function of the building, as well as examine expected "stressors" which may impact the completed structure. The technicians then develop drawings using computer-aided drafting (CAD) for the small, discrete sections which require this special attention.
Because of the intricacy of sections of building structures which require the unique skills of an architectural technician, those in this position often develop multiple schematics of the same areas. These can provide multiple angles for construction teams, as well as show things like conduits for electrical or network cabling and duct-work for environmental systems. These drawings are then incorporated into blueprints created by the architectural team and will be used by site project managers during actual construction or renovation of building/s.
Aspiring architectural technicians should enter a community college or technical school that offers a program in architectural technology. Most technicians work in smaller projects or as junior members of teams before being considered for employment in larger firms. They typically work regular business hours during the week, but travel and/or frequent field visits may be necessary in some positions.
Architectural Technician Tasks
Use drawing software to turn designs into construction plans and drawings.
Assist with production planning and scheduling.
Develop presentations of designs using computer-aided design (CAD) or other software.
Assess details such as interior elevations and ADA compliance while doing architectural drafting.