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Architectural Technician / Technologist

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€21k > 45 
Architectural Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€21 - 45 
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Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Skills shortages in niche areas

-9%
Occupational Category

Architectural Technologists, Construction Project Managers & Surveyors

Also included in this category:

Building surveyors; architectural technologists; contract and project managers (building construction)

Number Employed:

3,300

Part time workers: 6%
Aged over 55: 6%
Male / Female: 100 / 0%
Non-Nationals: 0%
With Third Level: 67%
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At a Glance... header image

Plays a coordinating role in the technical design elements at the centre of the building design process.


The Work header image

Architectural Technologists and technicians can be involved in the whole construction process from the drawing of plans to the examination of completed building work.

They also work on site surveys, administrative procedures to do with building regulations, fire safety certificates, planning applications, the building contract, etc. Some technologists develop specialisations in particular areas, such as specification writing, technology, materials, regulations, or CAD management, for example.

Both typically work on projects with architects and other professionals and are mainly office-based, making drawings for use on-site, dealing with contracts and managing an office. As well as drawing sketches and plans by hand, they also use computer-aided design (CAD).

Architectural technicians are particularly responsible for production information, schedules and building specifications. They work also on getting fire safety certificates. 

As an Architectural Technologist, you'll have a broader range of responsibilities and can oversee a project from start to finish.

Site duties may include collecting and analysing technical data for the architect and other members of the design team. They may also conduct land and building survey work, organise work schedules, check on progress and examine completed work to check that it meets requirements.

Experienced architectural technicians can progress to the more senior position of technologist may manage projects.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records.

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Analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.

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Coordinate structural, electrical and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.

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Draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings and structures, based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data.

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Lay out and plan interior room arrangements for commercial buildings using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment and software.

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Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs, visiting job sites to compile measurements as necessary.

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Supervise, coordinate, and inspect the work of draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects.

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Determine procedures and instructions to be followed, according to design specifications and quantity of required materials.

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Represent architect on construction site, ensuring builder compliance with design specifications and advising on design corrections, under architect's supervision.

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Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to lists of materials.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to have mechanical aptitude, and the ability to think in three dimensions and how projects can be realised via software and communicated in presentattions and by other collaborative means.

You also need to be able to work to tight deadlines and to work in a team. Above all, you need to have an interest in buildings, how they are built, how they work and how they are used.

An understanding of technology is important and you must be accurate and methodical in your work. Most important is the ability to work independently on one's own initiative, and to take responsibility within one's competence.

Today, a lot of the technician's job is done through computer aided design so computer competency is beneficial. You should also be someway mathematically minded.


Entry Routesheader image

To qualify as an architectural technologist you must take an accredited degree course, which generally takes three years of full-time study, followed a period of supervised practical training.

You are then eligible to become an Architectural Technologist member of the RIAI. Graduates of accredited programmes apply under Route T1 [See RIAI].

Qualifications awarded outside the State are evaluated by the RIAI on a case by case basis against the Irish standard for entry through Route T1.

Graduates of non-accredited programmes awarded in the State mayapply for the Architectural Technologist Entry Exam.

Four-year Level 8 courses in Architectural Technology are now also available. RIAI accreditation of these degrees is now under way. [Coure search]

Last Updated: November, 2015


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