Algonquin College

Architectural Technician


Build your architectural career within the construction industry.
The two-year Architectural Technician Ontario College Diploma program teaches you the skills and techniques to enter a career in the architecture and construction fields.
Your professors are industry professionals who provide you with a learning experience from the construction industry and the architectural profession, enabling you to be successful in your academic and professional ventures.
Begin the program with a focus on residential construction, and progress to studying commercial construction. Develop skills related to all facets of building construction, including design and technical resolution with the integration of building and material detailing.
As a student in this program, you have the opportunity to study a variety of practical topics, using both applied and theoretical learning, and a project-based, integrated studies approach. Courses include:

Working Drawings
Methods and Materials of Construction
Codes and Standards
Visual Communications
Environmental Systems
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. Students who elect to apply to the non co-op version of the program may not have the opportunity to transfer to the co-op version at a later date.
On completion of this two-year program, you have the opportunity to further your education at Algonquin College by:

completing the Architectural Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma program as a third-year option
applying to the Green Architecture Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
applying to the Building Information Modeling - Lifecycle Management (BIM-LM) Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
applying for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Building Science Degree program
Graduates often work:

in architects` offices
with contractors in multiple sectors
in engineering offices
as a building materials sales representative
with municipal offices such as the City of Ottawa
with federal and provincial agencies dealing with construction
in a drafting service office using AutoCAD and Revit
in construction, maintenance, and planning jobs
with real estate and facilities management companies
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.

Program Duration:
2 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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