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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Salary Range
€21k - €45k
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In Brief...

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

Knowledge

  • Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • 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.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills

  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.

In Summary - Architectural Technician / Technologist

Career Sectors

Architectural Technician / Technologists typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Visual Arts
Art, Craft & Design
Design
Art, Craft & Design
Skilled Trades
Construction, Architecture & Property

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The Work - Architectural Technician / Technologist

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.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records.
  • Analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.
  • Coordinate structural, electrical and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
  • Draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings and structures, based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data.
  • Lay out and plan interior room arrangements for commercial buildings using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment and software.
  • Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs, visiting job sites to compile measurements as necessary.
  • Supervise, coordinate, and inspect the work of draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects.
  • Determine procedures and instructions to be followed, according to design specifications and quantity of required materials.
  • Represent architect on construction site, ensuring builder compliance with design specifications and advising on design corrections, under architect's supervision.
  • Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to lists of materials.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • 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.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

Interests - Architectural Technician / Technologist

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Creative

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Qualities

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 Requirements - Architectural Technician / Technologist

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

Pay & Salary - Architectural Technician / Technologist

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €21k - €45k

Data Source(s):
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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.

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