Architectural Technician

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 0188X01FWO
Academic Year: 2015/2016

The Architectural Technician program at Algonquin College is a two-year Ontario College Diploma Program, accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

Students train for a career in construction document preparation in the construction and architectural fields, with a focus on working drawings, construction methods and materials, building science and computer-aided drafting.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program, accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) under the National Technology Benchmarks, prepares students for a career in construction document preparation in the construction and architectural fields. The curriculum focuses on working drawings, construction methods and materials, building science and computer-assisted design and drafting. 

This program offers one cooperative education (Co-op) Work Term(s) option. Qualified students with a minimum GPA of 2.7, have the opportunity to apply for paid co-op employment to gain valuable work experience and networks within industry. *See Additional Information for more details. 

Upon completion of the program, students may qualify for admission into Level 05 of the Architectural Technology program and opt for a second co-op work term. 

Student Commitment: Acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of this program demands a serious effort and focus by students. A strong commitment of dedication and discipline, as well as time and energy over-and-above classroom hours is required for students to successfully complete the program. 

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Think visually and creatively.
  • Are detail-oriented, organized and committed to achieving excellence in their work.
  • Are creative and enjoy solving problems.
  • Thrive in a dynamically-driven environment.


Your Career

Graduates may find employment in architects` offices, with contractors in a number of capacities, in a drafting service office, as building material sales representatives, in facilities management, and in municipal, provincial and federal agencies dealing with construction, real estate and planning. 

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to: 

1. Communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities. 
2. Assist in the preparation, reading, and interpretation of drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects. 
3. Read and assist in the preparation of specifications and other project documents used in design and construction. 
4. Assist in the preparation of estimates of time, costs, and quantity. 
5. Assist in solving technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics. 
6. Collaborate with members of the building team. 
7. Assist in the development of architectural designs. 
8. Review and assist in the preparation of site planning documents. 
9. Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technician in the practice of building design and construction. 
10. Assist in the assessment of buildings related to repurposing and renovation projects. 
11. Ensure personal safety in the workplace. 
12. Identify sustainable design and building practices. 
13. Use current and emerging technology to support building projects. 
14. Assist in the administration of the construction phase of building projects. 
15. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


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.

Level: 01 Hours
ARC8401 Working Drawings I 75.0
ARC8421 Construction Methods and Materials I 45.0
CAD8407 Architectural Cad I 45.0
DSN8401 Visual Communication I 45.0
ENL1813T Communications I 45.0
GED2012 Achieving Success in the 21st Century 45.0
MAT8050 Geometry and Trigonometry 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ARC8402 Working Drawings II 75.0
ARC8422 Construction Methods and Materials II 45.0
BSC8451 Environmental Systems I 45.0
CAD8409 Architectural Cad II 45.0
DSN8402 Visual Communication II 45.0
HIS8482 History of Architecture 45.0
MAT8051 Algebra 45.0
Co-op: 01 Hours
WKT2101 Work Term 1 (optional) (Fall Start Date Only) 0.0
Level: 03 Hours
ARC8403C Working Drawings III 75.0
ARC8423 Construction Methods and Materials III 45.0
ARC8430 Codes and Standards 45.0
BSC8452 Environmental Systems II 45.0
CAD8414 Revit Architecture I 45.0
DSN8441 Design I 45.0
Co-op: 01 Hours
WKT2101 Work Term 1 (optional) (Winter Start Date Only) 0.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0188 General Education Elective 45.0
Level: 04 Hours
ARC8404C Working Drawings IV 75.0
ARC8424 Construction Methods and Materials IV 45.0
ARC8510 Construction Documentation I 45.0
CAD8415 Revit Architecture II 45.0
DSN8442 Design II 45.0
ENG8491 Structures I 45.0
ENL2019T Technical Communication for Engineering Technologies 45.0


Fees & Expenses

Total Fees for the first year of the program: 

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,272.94. * 

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $14,822.94. * 

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable e-text fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit 

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit 

Books and supplies cost approximately $1200 in the first year and $450 in the second and third year. Most supplies can be purchased at the campus store. for more information about books. Students are expected to purchase CSA-approved safety footwear and safety glasses, which are required at the start of the term. 

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 Technician program website:

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their 
    eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, (Grade 12 MAP4C with a grade of 60% or higher) or (Grade 11 MCF3M with a grade of 50% or higher) or equivalent.
  • Applicants who have been out of school for a period of time are encouraged to take a refresher course in mathematics and/or basic computer skills prior to the start of classes. Refresher/upgrading courses are available through Academic Upgrading courses, the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning and through local school boards.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the 
    subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: 

    IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. 


    TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading: 20; Listening: 20` Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics. 


Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through: 
60 Corporate Court 
Guelph, Ontario 
N1G 5J3 

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online A $95 fee applies. 

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available. 

Note: International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office. 

For further information on the admissions process, contact: 

Registrar`s Office 
Algonquin College 
1385 Woodroffe Avenue 
Room C150 
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8 
Telephone: 613-727-0002 
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723 
TTY: 613-727-7766 
Fax: 613-727-7632 

Additional Information

*Co-op is a real-world job search process requiring students to apply, interview, and earn jobs rather than being placed by the College. In the term prior to the co-operative education (Co-op) Work Team, students are required to independently complete online modules that assist with resume and cover letter writing, and interview technique preparation. Students must actively conduct a self-directed job search and are responsible to secure 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 Office provides assistance in developing co-op opportunities and facilitates the overall process but does not guarantee that a student will obtain employment in a co-operative education (Co-op) Work Term. Co-op employment opportunities requiring relocation may be considered, and are subject to departmental approval with the understanding that all associated expenses are incurred by students e.g. travel, work permits/visa applications, accommodation, etc. 
Cooperative eduction (Co-op) Work Terms are typically four months in duration and are completed during a term when students are currently not studying on campus. For details on study-work progressions for specific programs, please visit For student with a Fall start date, the co-op work term is at the end of Level 02 and for students with a Winter start date, the co-op work term is at the end of Level 03. 

Students who have completed all course requirements equivalent to the Architectural Technician program of study are eligible to apply to Level 05 of the Architectural Technology program. 

Architectural Technician graduates may apply to the Green Architecture Ontario College Graduate Certificate program. Graduates may also be eligible for advanced standing in Algonquin College`s Bachelor of Building Science degree program. 

Students who begin Level 01 in January take Level 02 in the Fall term.