Architectural Technology (Co-op and Non Co-op Version) - Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (2022)

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Credential

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Duration

3 Years

Area of Interest

Construction and Skilled Trades

Program Code

0018X03FWO (Co-op), 0018X01FWO (Non Co-op)

Academic Year

Sept 2022 - Aug 2023

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Campus

Ottawa

School

Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence

Work Integrated Learning

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Build your career potential with an in-depth understanding of building and construction.

Architectural Technology is the third year of an Ontario College Advanced Diploma program that prepares you for a career in the architectural profession and the construction industry. The program gives you the credentials, the knowledge and the skills necessary to further define your career. Graduates of the two-year Architectural Technician Ontario College Diploma program may consider taking the third year, Architectural Technology program to build on their previous studies.

In the Architectural Technology program, you focus on commercial construction and large buildings. You participate in a team project that brings together all facets of building construction including:

  • design and technical resolution with the integration of building and material detailing
  • structural and mechanical layout design for a commercial building assembly

Revit Architecture is used to execute the design and technical resolution for the project.

Students also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term (see Additional Information for more details). Please note that places in the co-op version of the program are subject to availability.

Graduates of this program may find work with:

  • architects` offices
  • contractors in multiple sectors
  • engineering offices
  • building materials sales representatives
  • municipal offices such as the City of Ottawa
  • federal and provincial agencies dealing with construction
  • drafting service offices using AutoCAD and Revit
  • real estate and facilities management companies
  • companies that provide construction, maintenance, and planning services

Graduates may also consider applying for advanced standing in several Algonquin College programs such as the Bachelor of Building Science Degree program, the Green Architecture Ontario College Graduate Certificate program or the Building Information Modeling - Lifecycle Management (BIM-LM) Ontario College Graduate Certificate program.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are detail-oriented, organized and committed to achieving excellence in their work.
  • Are creative and enjoy solving technical problems.
  • Thrive in a dynamic and technically-driven environment.
  • Think visually and creatively.
  • Work well in a team environment.

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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Careers

Graduates may find employment with architects, engineers and contractors, and in municipal, provincial and federal agencies dealing with construction, real estate and facilities management.

Pathways

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Please note: There may be more pathways available for this program than are listed here. Please use our Pathways search tool to see every option.

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The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities.
  2. Prepare, read, interpret, and revise drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects.
  3. Obtain, analyze, prepare, and revise specifications and other project documents used in design and construction.
  4. Prepare estimates of time, costs, and quantity, and participate in the tendering process.
  5. Solve technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics.
  6. Collaborate with and coordinate information from structural, mechanical, and electrical building systems professionals.
  7. Contribute to the design of architectural projects.
  8. Contribute to the analysis, planning, and preparation of site planning documents.
  9. Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technologist in the practice of building design and construct.
  10. Assess buildings and their interiors, and make recommendations for their repurposing and renovation.
  11. Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others in the workplace.
  12. Participate in sustainable design and building practices.
  13. Use and evaluate current and emerging technology to support building projects.
  14. Assist in the planning, scheduling, and monitoring of building.
  15. Apply business principles to design and building practices.
  16. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

2022/2023 Academic Year

Tuition and related ancillary fees for this program can be viewed by using the Tuition and Fees Estimator tool at www.algonquincollege.com/fee-estimator.

Further information on fees can be found by visiting the Registrar`s Office website at www.algonquincollege.com/ro.

Fees are subject to change.

Additional program related expenses include:
Books and supplies cost approximately $1,200 in the first year and $450 in each of the second and third years. Most supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See www.algonquincollege.com/coursematerials for more information about books. Students may be required to purchase CSA-approved safety footwear and safety glasses to participate in site visit activities.

This is a Mobile Learning Program. As a student in this program you require a laptop computer. View the Mobile Learning Requirements for hardware and software on the Architectural Technology program website: http://www.algonquincollege.com/acce/program/architectural-technology.

Admissions Next Steps

Program Eligibility

  • Students must successfully complete Levels 01 to 04 of the Architectural Technician program with a minimum GPA of 2.30 and must pass ARC8404C (Working Drawing IV), ARC8424 (Methods and Materials IV), ENG8491 (Structure I) and CAD8415 (Revit II) each with a minimum grade of C+. Students cannot fail ARC8404C more than once prior to registering to Level 05 of the Architectural Technology program. Students will be placed on the current program of study associated with Level 05 of the program.

The number of seats in the Technology program is limited. Should the number of students exceed the number of seats, selection will is based on academic performance in the program.

Application Information

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY (CO-OP AND NON CO-OP VERSION)
Program Code 0018X03FWO

The two first years of the three-year Architectural Technology program is the Architectural Technician program. Students must initially apply to 0188X Architectural Technician or 0188W Architectural Technician (weekend offering). Upon completion of the Architectural Technician program, students who want to continue on to Levels 05 and 06 of the Architectural Technology program may apply directly with the Coordinator.

Note: Levels 05 and 06 of the Architectural Technology program are not offered on weekends.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Contact: https://www.algonquincollege.com/ro

Program Resources

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) RequirementsArchived Program InformationAcademic CalendarVirtual TourProgram Overview PDF

Cooperative education (Co-op) allows students to integrate their classroom learning with a real-world experience though paid work terms.With department approval, students who maintain a college-prescribed academic standing may take part in two cooperative placements.

Students must actively conduct a guided, self-directed job search and are responsible for securing approved program-related paid co-op employment. Students compete for co-op positions alongside students from Algonquin and other Canadian and international colleges and universities. Algonquin College`s Co-op Department provides assistance in developing co-op job opportunities and facilitates the overall process, but does not guarantee that a student will obtain employment in a co-op work term. Co-op students may be required to re-locate to take part in the co-op employment opportunities available in their industry and must cover all associated expenses; e.g., travel, work permits, visa applications, accommodation and all other incurred expenses.

Co-op work terms are typically 14 weeks in duration and are completed during a term when students are not taking courses.

International students enrolled in a co-op program are required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to have a valid Co-op/Internship Work Permit prior to commencing their work term. Without this document, International students are not legally eligible to engage in work in Canada that is a mandatory part of an academic program.

For more information, please visit https://www.algonquincollege.com/coop.

Architectural Technology graduates are eligible to apply to the following Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs: Green Architecture, Building Information Modelling - Lifecycle Management (BIM-LM).

Graduates may also be eligible for Advanced Standing in the Bachelor of Building Science degree program.

Degree Pathways allow graduates to use their college education towards the completion of a degree in partnership with a university. View current articulation agreements at: www.algonquincollege.com/degree-pathways/list/.

This program requires a laptop with the minimum technical specification described at www7.algonquincollege.com/byod/current/device.htm.

For more information, please contact Marjan Ghannad, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5807 or ghannam@algonquincollege.com.

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Marjan Ghannad

Program Coordinator

ghannam@algonquincollege.com

613-727-4723, ext. 5807

Room CA536

FAQs

How much does an architectural technologist make in Ontario? ›

Salary Recap

The average pay for an Architectural Technologist is $109,429 a year and $53 an hour in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The average salary range for an Architectural Technologist is between $75,616 and $133,504.

What is the difference between architectural technician and technologist? ›

There may be some overlap in their roles or expectations, but generally technologists tend to focus on the creative and diagnostic processes within a given project, while technicians focus on specific scientific and mathematical processes in the design of the project assigned to them by technologists.

How much do architectural technicians make in Canada? ›

The average architectural technician salary in Canada is $49,437 per year or $25.35 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $40,950 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $66,468 per year.

What does architectural technician do? ›

Architectural technologists develop, design and draft building plans based on the needs and requirements of the customer. They may work independently or under the supervision of an architect to bring the design into reality.

How much do architectural technologists make a year? ›

Source
Wages*Low (5th percentile)Average
Starting$19.96$24.54
Overall$27.08$38.45
Top$28.85$58.13

What is the difference between an architect and an architectural technologist? ›

An Architect is trained to be able to support a client from the beginning to the end of the project, including the construction phase, with particular skill in administering construction contracts. An Architectural Technologist, by comparison, is not trained so vigorously or intensively.

Can an architectural technologist become an architect? ›

Career path and progression

In this role, you'll become more involved in the design and construction process and in contract management. You could specialise to work as a building modelling information (BIM) technician or continue studying to become a fully qualified architect.

Can an architectural technologist design a house? ›

A chartered architectural technologist will be able to: create a design for you based on your brief. submit your plans for approval. work with the other professionals involved in the build.

Is architectural technician a good career in Canada? ›

Job opportunities for Architectural technologists and technicians (NOC 2251) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an architectural design technician.

How much do architectural technologists make in Alberta? ›

Hourly Wage
Wages*Low (5th percentile)Average
Starting$20.19$23.42
Overall$24.04$35.31
Top$28.21$53.44

How much architects make in Toronto? ›

The average salary for a architect is $110,309 per year in Toronto, ON.

How much do landscape architects make? ›

10 States Where Landscape Architects Earn the Most Money
RankStateAverage Annual Salary 2018
1California$89,570
2Connecticut$87,660
3Virginia$85,880
4New York$82,510
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How much do architectural technicians make NZ? ›

Architectural technicians usually earn between $70,000 and $125,000 a year.

Are architectural technologists in demand? ›

Architectural technologists are in high demand due to their expertise in technical design.

Is architectural technology a good career? ›

The latest report for architectural technicians is quite promising for Quebec as a whole, and Montreal in particular. The Job Bank gives this profession a 2/3 star-rating for job outlook, predicting steady demand over the next several years.

What jobs can you get with an architectural technology degree? ›

Jobs directly related to your degree include:
  • Architect.
  • Architectural technologist.
  • Building control surveyor.
  • CAD technician.
  • Fire risk assessor.
  • Interior and spatial designer.
  • Town planner.
  • Urban designer.

What qualifications do you need to be an architectural technician? ›

Employers may take you on as a trainee if you have 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and 2 A levels, in subjects like maths, science, IT and technology. They may accept equivalent qualifications in engineering or construction, for example the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment.

How long does it take to become a architectural technologist? ›

The BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course is a 3 year full time degree and 5 years part time degree, with options for placement year and an undergraduate apprenticeship.

Is Architectural Technology harder than architecture? ›

The Architectural Technology route tends to be easier to get on but is not necessarily an easier course. Architectural Technologists can be at the same level or higher than Architects it just all really comes down to experience.

Who is No 1 architect in the world? ›

1. Antoni Gaudí Gaudí spent his entire career in Barcelona, where he built all of his projects, the most famous of which is the 1883 cathedral known as La Sagrada Familia, still under construction today.

Is architectural technology an engineer? ›

Architectural Technology is the application of science and engineering knowledge to the design of buildings. They work together with architects in multidisciplinary teams to achieve efficient and effective technical design solutions which are robust, durable and sustainable.

Can you become an architect at 40? ›

First and foremost, you are NEVER too old to pursue an education and a career you love! Seeking an architectural degree as an older student isn't going to be a breeze, but it is certainly doable and most definitely rewarding.

Do I Need A levels to be an architect? ›

Generally, you will need at least two (usually three) A levels in relevant subjects. Some universities will require A levels in maths and/or a science, so they are good subjects to consider.

What qualifications do you need to be an architect Scotland? ›

To become a qualified architect you must complete five years' study on a recognised university course and two years' professional experience before sitting the professional exam to gain registration with ARB and become a Chartered member of RIBA.

Can architectural technologist stamp drawings? ›

Designers in the industry of residential and building construction require a BCIN to demonstrate they have passed exams in their area of practice. This includes architectural technologists. All of their submitted drawings will be stamped with their BCIN number.

What letters does an architect have after their name? ›

Should be: Arch = Architect AIA = Architect Ar.

Is architectural technologist a protected title? ›

Chartered Architectural Technologist is a legally protected title and descriptor; its use is restricted to those individuals who have successfully completed the qualifying process of CIAT, the only body which can award this status. It enables those who have attained it, to use the designation of MCIAT.

Are architectural technologists in demand in Canada? ›

For Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 17,100 , while 38,400 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available ...

What is it like being an architectural technologist? ›

While architects are responsible for coming up with initial concepts and designs, architectural technologists are more concerned with the technical side of construction. They work closely with architects and other building professionals to resolve any potential design problems before construction starts.

How do you become an architect in Canada? ›

The vast majority of Architects complete a bachelor's or master's degree in architecture from a university program approved by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). An alternative way to become an Architect is through the “apprenticeship” offered through the RAIC Syllabus Program.

Is architecture a technology? ›

Architecture Technology is the application of technology and the applied arts for designing buildings and other physical structures within our constructed environments.

Do architects get paid well in Canada? ›

In Canada, the median earnings are $29/hour CAD, while the top 10% earn over $50/hour and 90% of architects earn at least $19/hour.

How much does an architect make in Ontario per hour? ›

Architects (NOC 2151) usually earn between $24.04/hour and $57.69/hour in Canada. People working as an "architect" are part of this group.
...
Prevailing wages in Canada.
Community/AreaOntario
Wages ($/hour)Low26.44
Median37.95
High57.69
13 more columns
16 Aug 2022

Do architects make a lot of money? ›

How Much Does an Architect Make? Architects made a median salary of $82,320 in 2020. The best-paid 25 percent made $106,680 that year, while the lowest-paid 25 percent made $63,420.

What type of architect makes the most money? ›

Top 10 Highest Paying Architect Careers
  • 1) Landscape Architect.
  • 2) Architectural Technologist.
  • 3) Architectural Designer.
  • 4) Preservation Architect.
  • 5) Green Building & Retrofit Architect.
  • 6) Commercial Architect.
  • 10) Extreme Architect.
24 Mar 2022

What is the highest paying occupation? ›

Highest Paying Occupations
OCCUPATION2021 MEDIAN PAY
General internal medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
Family medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
Emergency medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
17 more rows

What qualifications do you need to be a landscape architect? ›

Qualifications and training required

You need a relevant degree accredited by the LI to become a landscape architect, which usually means completing a three-year undergraduate degree plus a one-year postgraduate diploma in landscape architecture.

Are architectural technologist in demand? ›

Graduates from CAD technician courses can look forward to stable, rewarding careers. Government statistics estimate that the total number of job openings over the period 2015-2024 is expected to number around 18,200.

How do I become an architectural technologist in Ontario? ›

Eligibility
  1. graduate from a three-year Ontario college architectural technology program, or equivalent;
  2. document at least 5,580 hours of relevant and varied work experience working with OAA-licensed professionals as a supervisor and a mentor;
  3. complete the OAA Admission Course; and.
  4. pass the rigorous examination.

What is highest paid job in Canada? ›

What degrees relate to the highest-paying jobs in Canada
  • Physician $253,843 per year. Being a doctor is probably the best-paid profession in Canada. ...
  • Dentist $177,266 per year. ...
  • Psychologist $138,000 per year. ...
  • Registered nurse $89,579 per year. ...
  • Optometrist $103,328 per year.
11 Jul 2022

How much architects make in Toronto? ›

The average salary for a architect is $110,309 per year in Toronto, ON.

Are architectural technologists in demand in Canada? ›

For Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 17,100 , while 38,400 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available ...

Can an architectural technologist become an architect? ›

Career path and progression

In this role, you'll become more involved in the design and construction process and in contract management. You could specialise to work as a building modelling information (BIM) technician or continue studying to become a fully qualified architect.

Is architectural technology a good career? ›

The latest report for architectural technicians is quite promising for Quebec as a whole, and Montreal in particular. The Job Bank gives this profession a 2/3 star-rating for job outlook, predicting steady demand over the next several years.

What jobs can you get with an architectural technology degree? ›

Jobs directly related to your degree include:
  • Architect.
  • Architectural technologist.
  • Building control surveyor.
  • CAD technician.
  • Fire risk assessor.
  • Interior and spatial designer.
  • Town planner.
  • Urban designer.

How long does it take to become an architectural technologist? ›

The BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology course is a 3 year full time degree and 5 years part time degree, with options for placement year and an undergraduate apprenticeship.

What jobs will be in demand in 2030 Canada? ›

Graphic designers and illustrators, chefs, specialist physicians, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses and technical sales specialists in wholesale trade are all jobs that are projected to see growth by 2030.

What is a good salary in Canada? ›

How much does a Good make in Canada? The average good salary in Canada is $44,500 per year or $22.82 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $31,200 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $83,367 per year.

Is USA better than Canada? ›

While the USA offers better salary packages, Canada has better healthcare, more maternity leaves and other social benefits. Average work hours for Canada is slightly higher than that of the US. The annual leave structure of both countries is similar.

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