Program Objectives

Architectural Technologists contribute to the development and completion of an architectural project or assist throughout its construction, as defined by the Architects Act, the Engineers Act, the Public Buildings Safety Act and the Professional Code. They may therefore produce drawings and promotional material, design construction details, write specifications, estimate construction costs, coordinate construction work, inspect the condition of an existing building, verify building compliance with laws, standards and the construction code, and contribute to maintaining the quality of an architectural heritage. The scope and the volume of tasks vary according to the type of business, and the type of work, and whether the individual occupies a salaried position or is self-employed.

Length of training

Specific (hours)Total (hours)
2 1002 760

Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.


Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.

Program Content

Number or Code Statement of the Competency
0350 To analyze the job function
0351 To interpret drawings and specifications
0352 To make preliminary sketches
0353 To produce presentation materials
0354 To research technical information
0355 To carry out building calculations
0356 To ensure the compliance of a building or a building plan with the Construction Code as well as with the laws, regulations and standard in force
0357 To issue a technical report concerning on-site occupational health and safety
0358 To communicate with the project partners
0359 To assume their responsibilities concerning on-site occupational health and safety
035A To assess the architectural characteristics of a building project
035B To carry out building surveys
035C To make presentation drawings
035D To make working drawings
035E To ensure the consistency of project documents
035F To analyze a problem relative to a building
035G To design the construction details
035H To write the specifications for a project
035J To estimate construction costs
035K To do a condition assessment for a building
035L To coordinate construction work
035M To carry out project management activities
035N To prepare a project design
Specific number of hours: 2100

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:

Must have passed the following secondary-level course(s):

• Sec. IV TS or S – Secondary IV Mathematics: Technical and Scientific (564426) or Science (565426) Options
• Sec. IV ST or AST – Secondary IV Science and Technology (555444) or Applied Science and Technology (557416)

Educational Organizations Offering the Program

College D/E
Vanier College

Architectural Technician

Architectural technicians produce drafts and working drawings according to architect conceptual plans. They estimate materials and labor costs, prepare specifications, contracts, tender documents, and coordinate construction projects. They ensure projects and buildings comply with current by-laws and codes. This is a creative occupation that requires resourcefulness and attention to detail. A job as an architectural technician is suitable for people who have drawing skills and an aptitude for science.

Related Training(s)

Industrial Drafting
Civil Engineering Technology

Average Salary

Architectural Technician — $24.45

Job Titles

Engineering draftsperson
Architectural draftsperson
Construction estimator
Building appraiser
Building inspector
Architectural technician
Structural design technologist