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Architectural Drafting Technician

Architectural Drafting Technician



38 weeks

Full time, Mon - Fri

How to apply

Start date:
September 2024

Trades & Technology Centre, 5579 Tyson Road, Chilliwack



  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Program eligible for financial aid
  • Small class sizes: student/instructor ratio is 20:1


In this intensive 10-month program, you learn to prepare drawings of residential and commercial buildings that are used for construction and for obtaining building permits. You will employ architectural design and drafting techniques, and apply construction practices and current building codes.  Along with discussion of architectural practice and design, students will learn about designing for energy efficiency, safety against fire and earthquakes, and cost effectiveness.  The program includes a civil/survey course that exposes students to surveying practices and civil design.  Throughout the program students will employ a variety of digital design tools, such as AutoCAD, SketchUp, and especially Revit.

Our knowledgeable instructors create an environment patterned after the working world: You get to solve real design problems and you are encouraged to develop your creative talents and techniques beyond the level demanded of a junior draftsperson. 

Course outline:

First semester (September–December)

  • Drafting Fundamentals and CAD
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Building Construction 1

Second semester (January–June)

  • Building Construction 2
  • Introduction to Structures
  • 145 Technical Communications for Drafting
  • Final Architectural Project
  • Civil Drafting and Surveying


This program is specially designed to prepare you for entry-level drafting positions in architecturally related fields which include architectural, civil or structural engineering offices as well as manufacturing, facility management and municipal services. It is also excellent preparation for continuing your education in the field of architecture.



If you’re currently or recently employed as a draftsperson, our upgrading program allows you to complete your certificate requirements or to become proficient in a specific process or technique.

As an upgrading student, you are expected to meet program prerequisites through previous enrolment or proof of industry experience, approved by the program instructor.

Upgrading students cannot be enrolled for more than 13 weeks or cannot displace anyone registered in an upcoming intake.   


Phone: 604-847-5448
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, local 5448
Email: trades@ufv.ca
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