If you want to help build and design the cities and towns of tomorrow, becoming an architectural technician or working in a similar profession can help you get there. A career in architectural design technology can take you down a number of different roads—ones that can help you develop your technical prowess, eye for detail, and your flair for creativity. As an architectural technician, you can help develop and provide solutions for various architectural and construction projects.

Whatever path you wind up taking, it could be a very rewarding one once you’ve decided where to go while you pursue your passion in architectural design. Here are three options for career paths you can take to make a brighter future for yourself after finishing your training in architectural design technology.

1. You Could Work For a Civil Engineering Firm After Architectural Design Technology Training

Graduates of architectural design technology can find themselves not only working with experienced architects during their careers, but also engineers. Using BIM (Building Information Modelling), you can work alongside civil design engineers drafting plans for the designs of various infrastructure projects, like airports, highways, and bridges. As you will need to learn how to understand engineering contracts during your architectural design technology training, this could be a great way to use skills needed in both disciplines. During your training you’ll also learn how to use AutoCAD Civil 3D, which is widely used in civil engineering design. If you’re more interested in the technical side of architectural design technology, then a career with a civil engineering firm may be for you.

2. Apply Your Newly Learned Creative and Technical Skills in an Architectural Office

This may be the most obvious work environment you could find yourself in during your journey in this exciting field, especially since professional architects will count on your skills as a technician to help them transform their ideas into buildable structures. As architecture increasingly shifts towards BIM, architects are looking for technicians who are proficient in BIM-related software, such as Revit and AutoCAD, to help them stay ahead of the curve. You’ll learn about Revit, AutoCAD, and other architectural software in your diploma in architectural design technologies. Architectural offices themselves are also quite varied and you could find yourself working for anything from a boutique firm that may have just a dozen employees to large global firms with hundreds of workers.

Working in an architectural office is a chance to show off your creative and technical sides
Working in an architectural office is a chance to show off your creative and technical sides

3. Your Future Could See You Working at a Construction or Homebuilding Company

At a construction or homebuilding company you can take your skills in architectural design and use them while gaining experience working closely with construction employees and those involved with building residential homes. In this type of company, you may find yourself supervising or helping with residential construction projects. Given Canada’s increasing population—especially in its urban areas—new homes and residential projects are being built every day, which makes this work environment one with lots of upward momentum. Since you’ll be learning in your technical design programs how to use BIM to help give insight to construction professionals in particular, you can support construction and homebuilding workers through your knowledge of blueprints, drawings, and digital models.

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