Architectural Technician

Job Description:

Architectural technicians work closely with architectural teams on the design process of building projects.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

Day to day tasks could include:

  • prepare technical information to plan projects
  • collect and read technical data
  • prepare plans using computer aided design (CAD) software
  • prepare applications for approval by regulatory bodies
  • develop specifications for building work
  • give technical advice to the project team
    visit sites to check on progress


You’ll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can qualify as an architectural technician by taking a foundation degree or higher national diploma. Subjects include:

  • architectural technology
  • built environment

You could do a college course, which could teach you some of the skills you’ll need in this job. Examples include:

  • Certificate in 3D Design
  • Diploma in Built Environment Design

The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:

  • Digital engineering technician
  • Construction design and build technician

Employers may take you on as a trainee if you have done well in subjects like maths, science, IT and technology at school.

They may accept equivalent qualifications in engineering or construction.

School Subjects

To become an Architectural Technician in the UK, certain GCSE subjects are not mandatory, but specific subjects can be beneficial in providing a foundation for the necessary knowledge and skills in this field. Here are some GCSE subjects that could be helpful for aspiring Architectural Technicians:

  1. Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are essential for calculating measurements, dimensions, and structural considerations in architectural drawings.
  2. Design and Technology (or Resistant Materials): This subject can provide insights into design principles, technical drawing, and hands-on skills related to building materials.
  3. Art and Design: Artistic and creative skills are valuable for developing architectural drawings and visualizations.
  4. Physics: Physics can provide an understanding of structural forces and principles, which is relevant in architectural design and construction.
  5. English: Good language and communication skills are important for understanding project briefs, preparing reports, and working in a team.
  6. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Knowledge of ICT can be beneficial for using computer-aided design (CAD) software commonly used in architectural practice.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typical working hours consist of 38-40 hours of work a week. You could occasionally work in the evenings.

You could work on a construction site or in an office.

Career Path & Progression:

With further training, you could work towards becoming an architectural technologist.