the biggest skyscrapers start as an idea in someone's head. What
happens between the time that an idea is sketched by an architect
or building designer and the time construction workers are pouring
concrete requires a lot of input from a lot of people. The building
technologist and technician are professionals who provide technical
assistance to architects and engineers in building material and
construction research, preparing drawings, specifications and architectural
models, and in supervising construction projects.
Some of the areas in which you could specialize are:
- Architecture, architectural building materials and systems
- Contract administration
- Building services (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing)
- Construction management, construction estimating
- Fire protection
- Acoustical design
To be a good building technology professional, you need an interest
in building, the ability to visualize three-dimensionally and to
work under pressure to meet deadlines. You should enjoy working
on your own and as part of a team.
Some of the activities you might do in this career are:
- Assist in the development of architectural designs
- Analyze contemplated projects to ensure conformance with building
codes, by-laws, space requirements, site requirements and other
technical documents and reports
- Prepare drawings, specifications, cost estimates and quantity
take offs from conceptual drawings and instructions
- Construct architectural massing and display models
- Prepare contract and bidding documents
- Supervise drafters, technicians and technologists in the architectural
- Supervise construction projects and coordinate, monitor and
inspect work done by the builder
Where Will You Work?
As a building technologist or technician, you might find yourself
in an architectural firm, an oil or utility company, bank or large
store chain, real estate development company, manufacturing company,
material distribution company or property management firm. There
are also opportunities at the federal, provincial and municipal
levels of government.
Building technologists and technicians generally work in offices
with most work being done indoors. Some outdoor work may be required
for on-site job supervision.
You would likely work a 40-hour, Monday to Friday week, but this
may vary considerably. The work often depends on the weather and
seasons; the working day may extend into the evenings and weekends
in order to meet deadlines.
Related careers include drafting and CADD operation, surveying,
construction, building contracting, model making and specification
writing, all of which might require additional training.
How Much Will You Earn?
How Does the Future Look?
Slow to moderate growth is expected in this field and opportunities
will fluctuate with the economic outlook. You find most opportunities
will be in large cities.
How Can You Get Started?
In high school, be sure to take courses in mathematics, design
technology, art, physics and a CADD course.
What Will You Need?
To pursue this career you should gain a good foundation in mathematics,
art, design and physics. You need sound drafting skills and knowledge
of construction techniques. You need a thorough approach and a
habit of questioning all data.
Post Secondary Possibilities
||College of New Caledonia
||College of New Caledonia
||Engineering Design & Technology
||Fraser Valley College
||The University College of the Cariboo
||Engineering Design & Drafting
- Programs listed are those accredited by the Applied Science
Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC); check
www.asttbc.org for updates
on accredited programs.
- Check with your career facilitator or counsellor for other sources
of information applicable to education options for this technology.
- Salary figures indicated in the 'How Much Will You Earn?' section
are extracted from ASTTBC's Member Compensation Survey or other
Canadian sources applicable to the specific technology discipline.
These figures are representative only; actual figures will vary
depending on academic training, practical experience, job responsibilities
and location of employment.
- The TechWORKS! web site is an important online resource and provides links to career information that will be of interest to students pursuing a career in technology.