Behind every great building there are professionals whose job it is to turn concepts into the building plans needed to make the building a reality. An Architectural-Structural Engineering Technician degree from Gateway Technical College can help you become a part of a building design team.The goal of the degree program is to produce architectural technicians that have background knowledge of civil engineering design and construction, coupled with advanced education in the specific areas of architectural and structural design. Students will be trained to support and work with a professional architect or project manager. Skills learned in the program include designing architectural plans, researching and identifying mechanical systems for buildings applying building codes, and preparing presentation drawings.
Technicians read blueprints to determine structural dimensions, inspect construction sites to ensure design accuracy and prepare reports on statuses of design projects. Entry-level opportunities include civil engineering technician, building inspector, estimator, assistant architect, structural detailer, assistant construction manager and utility/code coordinator. Technicians can work for private firms and local and state government.