Architect technicians work to complete the hands-on inspections and jobs that occur when a building is being remodeled, upgraded or even completely removed. The architect technician completes inspections of buildings for hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead paint or other dangerous materials, writes reports to indicate findings, and then supervises the removal of these hazardous materials according to government regulations. The architect technician also surveys the current building to ensure that it is up to code and follows all local or federal construction regulations.
The architect technician may inspect either new or old buildings, depending on the requirements of the architect firm. He or she provides information on their findings in writing, then helps to hire or consult with professionals that can correct any problems that have been discovered during the inspection. Once the problems have been corrected the architect technician then completes a final inspection to make sure that everything is accurate and is following guidelines.
An architect technician must have an ability to work well with others and to report problems or non-compliance in an appropriate manner to all involved. They must be current in all building code changes and modifications and should be effective at communicating these changes to the people they report too and work with. Computer skills are an asset for preparing reports. A good eye for details as well as an ability to read blueprints and floor plans as well as a background in construction is essential for this career.
Common work activities include:
- Traveling to the various building sites, either new or existing, arriving on schedule to start the inspection.
- Interpreting the various building codes as they apply to the development or project.
- Assessing the site for hazardous materials or items that are not within guidelines.
- Completing written reports on compliance or non-compliance issues with regards to the construction or existing building.
- Developing plans for removal of hazardous materials or correction of construction non-compliance issues.
- Researching and keeping up-to-date on all code changes for any governing bodies for construction or building in the area.