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Working As An Architectural Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $49,260

    Average Salary

What Does An Architectural Technician Do

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build the highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.

Duties

Civil engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Read and review project drawings and plans to determine the sizes of structures
  • Confer with engineers about preparing plans
  • Use computer aided design software under the charge of engineers
  • Evaluate pre-construction field conditions
  • Observe project sites and evaluate contractors’ work to detect problems with a design
  • Test construction materials and soil samples in laboratories
  • Help to ensure that project construction conforms to design specifications and applicable codes
  • Develop plans and estimate costs for constructing systems and operating facilities
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data
  • Collect data and prepare analyses
  • Set up and help maintain project files and records

Civil engineering technicians typically work under the charge of licensed civil engineers. These technicians generally help civil engineers, performing some of the same tasks as the engineers. However, because they are not licensed, civil engineering technicians cannot approve designs or supervise the overall project.

Civil engineering technicians assume varied duties on the job. They sometimes estimate construction costs and develop specifications. Other times, they prepare drawings or survey land. They also may set up and monitor various instruments for traffic studies. These technicians’ duties often require familiarity with and use of various computer programs to design projects, collect and analyze data, prepare correspondence and reports, and manage file systems.

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How To Become An Architectural Technician

Although not always required, an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology is preferred for employment as a civil engineering technician.

Education

To prepare for programs in engineering technology after high school, prospective civil engineering technicians should take science and math courses, such as chemistry, geometry, and calculus. They should also have basic knowledge of the use of computers.

Employers generally prefer engineering technicians to have an associate’s degree from a program accredited by ABET, although a degree is not always required. Engineering technology programs are also available at technical or vocational schools that award a postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Courses at technical or vocational schools may include engineering, design, and computer software. To complete an associate’s degree in, students also usually need to take other courses in liberal arts and the sciences.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. As assistants to civil engineers, civil engineering technicians must be able to help the engineers identify and solve problems to develop infrastructure plans and to help agencies avoid wasting time, effort, and funds.

Decisionmaking skills. Pressures from deadlines mean that technicians must be able to quickly discern which types of information are most important for the work at hand, and which plan of action will help keep the project on schedule.

Math skills. Civil engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. Civil engineering technicians sometimes have to go to jobsites and assess a project for the engineer. Therefore, they must know what to look for and how best to report back to the engineer who is overseeing the project.

Problem-solving skills. Like civil engineers, civil engineering technicians help design projects to solve a particular problem. Technicians must be able to understand and work with all the related systems involved in building a project.

Reading skills. Civil engineering technicians carry out plans and designs for projects that a civil engineer has approved. Thus, they must be able to understand all the reports, plans, and documents describing these designs.

Writing skills. Civil engineering technicians often are asked to relay their findings in writing. They must be able to write reports that are well organized and clearly written.

Other Experience

Although an associate’s degree is preferred by most employers, prospective civil engineering technicians may enter the occupation after gaining work experience in a related occupation, particularly as a drafter or CAD operator. A worker who begins as a drafter or CAD operator for an engineering firm may advance to a civil engineering technician position as his or her knowledge of design and construction improves.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is not needed to enter this occupation, but it can help technicians advance their careers. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) is one of the primary organizations overseeing certification for civil engineering technicians.

Certification as a technician requires passing an exam and providing documentation, including a work history, recommendations, and, for most programs, supervisor confirmation of specific experience. NICET requires technicians to update their skills and knowledge through a recertification process that encourages continuing professional development.

Advancement

Civil engineering technicians can advance in their careers by learning to design systems for a variety of projects, such as storm sewers and sanitary systems. It is also useful for civil engineering technicians to become skilled at reading plans and profiles—the graphical depiction of proposed projects.

Civil engineering technicians can also benefit with increasing knowledge of computer systems and application, in particular familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet programs, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

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Architectural Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

76.3%

Female

18.6%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

72.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

4.9%

Black or African American

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.7%

Danish

6.7%

German

6.7%

French

6.7%

Tagalog

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Polish

6.7%

Korean

6.7%
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Architectural Technician Education

Schools

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

9.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

9.4%

Iowa State University

7.5%

Lawrence Technological University

7.5%

Community College of the Air Force

5.7%

Utah State University

5.7%

Ball State University

5.7%

Saint Louis Community College

3.8%

Lincoln Technical Institute

3.8%

State University of New York College of Technology at Canton

3.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.8%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.8%

Louisiana Tech University

3.8%

University of Kentucky

3.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.8%

Philadelphia University

3.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.8%

Southern Polytechnic State University

3.8%

Ferris State University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%
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Majors

Architecture

33.5%

Architectural Technology

10.4%

Business

9.8%

Drafting And Design

6.9%

Computer Science

4.0%

Management

3.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Architectural Engineering

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Interior Design

2.3%

Urban Planning

2.3%

Environmental Design

2.3%

Civil Engineering

2.3%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.7%

Construction Engineering Technologies

1.7%

Elementary Education

1.7%

Construction Management

1.7%

Information Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.3%

Masters

23.3%

Associate

17.7%

Other

16.5%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Architectural Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Technology, Tech Strategy & Architecture, IT Business Management Deloitte Consulting LLP Atlanta, GA Apr 13, 2016 $154,566 -
$184,000
Manager, Tech, Tech Strategy & Architecture, IT Strategy & Effectiveness Deloitte Consulting LLP San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $150,389 -
$184,000
Manager, Tech, Tech Strategy & Architecture, IT Strategy & Effectiveness Deloitte Consulting LLP Atlanta, GA Nov 20, 2015 $149,761 -
$184,000
Wealth Management Technology-SMA & Architecture Kurt Salmon Us Inc. New York, NY Jul 13, 2012 $144,000
Manager, Tech, Tech Strategy & Architecture, IT Strategy & EFF Deloitte Consulting LLP Chicago, IL Feb 22, 2016 $142,502 -
$184,000
Manager, Tech, Tech Strategy & Architecture, IT Business Management Deloitte Consulting LLP Chicago, IL Oct 15, 2015 $142,502 -
$184,000
Enterprise Architecture-IT Davita, Inc. Denver, CO Dec 25, 2015 $135,000
Manager, Technology, Tech Strategy & Architecture, IT Business Mngmnt Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $128,948 -
$218,500
Manager, Technology, Tech Strategy & Architecture-It M&A Deloitte Consulting LLP Seattle, WA Nov 12, 2015 $122,000 -
$184,000
Manager, Tech, Technology Strategy & Architecture-IT M&A Deloitte Consulting LLP Dallas, TX Apr 22, 2016 $122,000 -
$184,000
Manager, Tech, Tech Strategy & Architecture, IT Strategy & Effectiveness Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Feb 05, 2015 $121,763 -
$180,000
Architecture Tech Lead Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co. McLean, VA Apr 07, 2013 $119,100 -
$172,500
Architecture Tech Lead Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation McLean, VA Dec 01, 2012 $115,600 -
$172,500
Architectural Technician VOA Associates Incorporated New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $77,500
Architectural Technical Staff Mahlum Architects Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 14, 2016 $63,939 -
$65,000
Architectural Technician D Form A, LLC New York, NY Oct 20, 2014 $60,000
Architectural Technician Stephen Wang & Associates PLLC New York, NY Mar 23, 2015 $52,000
Architectural Technical Staff Orcutt Winslow Limited Liability Limited Partnersh Phoenix, AZ Jun 01, 2013 $52,000
Architecture Technical I Solomon Cordwell Buenz Chicago, IL Sep 18, 2012 $50,190 -
$52,500
Architectural Technical Staff III Mahlum Architects Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 14, 2013 $50,000 -
$65,000
Architectural Technician Inc. Architecture & Design PLLC New York, NY Apr 01, 2013 $50,000
Architectural Technician Partners By Design Chicago, IL Aug 22, 2015 $50,000
Architectural Technician I VOA Associates Incorporated New York, NY May 12, 2014 $49,358 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for An Architectural Technician

FreelanceCADArchitecturalDrawingsConstructionDocumentPhaseRevitArchitectureDesignDevelopmentStrategyConstructionDrawingsWindowsFacilityFloorPlansShopDrawingsArchitecturalDesignBIMSketchupConstructionAdministrationAs-BuiltDrawingsArchitectureGovernanceProjectManagementInternetUnix

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Top Architectural Technician Skills

  1. Freelance CAD
  2. Architectural Drawings
  3. Construction Document Phase
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Freelance CAD services, Architectural, Mechanical, and Electrical using AutoCAD 2009 to AutoCAD 2012
  • Prepared architectural drawings, wrote specifications, and developed government cost estimates for renovations to Base facilities.
  • Prepared documentation for schematic design, design development and construction documents phases using CAD and traditional drafting.
  • Guided the team to define the business architecture and process automation and content management Strategy.
  • Established drawing standards and standard details to more efficiently develop construction drawings.

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