New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology
Architectural Technicians use their construction and drawing knowledge to make building designs become a reality.
They produce drawings and documents that enable pricing, consenting and construction of domestic and commercial building projects. They also create architectural models and specifications and may be involved in administering construction contracts.
Students in this programme will learn to prepare fully detailed drawings and specifications for the construction of buildings, both manually and using CAD packages.
Students will be equipped to work as an architectural technician in small-to-medium-scale building projects.
After an additional period of suitable experience, students will be able to work on larger and more complex building projects.
What you'll learn
Year one includes documentation for small buildings, materials and structural principles, construction for small buildings, feasibility and environmental impact.
Year two includes construction for medium and large buildings, design in the built environment, virtual design and construction.
Students will study a range of modules which will teach them to:
- Research, prepare and communicate design and construction documents for small to medium scale projects
- Assist with researching, preparing and communicating design and construction documentation for large or complex building projects
- Assist with general practice management
- Demonstrate aural, oral and written communication skills in both formal and informal styles
- Demonstrate social, legal and cultural contextual knowledge
View programme modules
|Module Code||Module Title||Level||Credits||Pre-Requisites||Co-Requisites|
|BSTE401||Construction Industry Environment||4||15|
|BSTE402||Materials and Structural Principles||4||15|
|BSTE503||Feasibility and Environmental Impact||5||15||Recommended BSTE501 or BSTE502|
|BSTE505||Building Services||5||15||Recommended BSTE501 or BSTE502|
|BSTE502||Construction for Small Buildings (Envelope)||5||15||Recommended BSTE402|
Construction for Small Buildings (Structure)
|BSTE504||Construction for Medium and Large Buildings||5||15|
|ARCH503||Scoping and Preliminary Design||5||15|
|ARCH502||Documentation for Small Buildings||5||15|
Recommended ARCH401 & BSTE501 or
Recommended ARCH401 & BSTE501 or
|ARCH602||Construction Design Development||6||15||Recommended ARCH503|
|ARCH601||Design in the Built Environment||6||15|
|ARCH605||Documentation for Medium Buildings||6||15||Recommended ARCH604|
|ARCH604||Virtual Design and Construction||6||15||ARCH502||Recommended BSTE504|
Flexibility to Fit Your Life
Components of this programme are on Moodle, Wintec’s online education system. That means you can plan your study around other commitments, or take on part-time employment through our industry connections while you study.
Learning by doing
Throughout the programme students will use the latest computers and CAD software. They will visit construction sites to complete problem-based and practical assignments.
Students will build a scale model house that complies with current industry standards and New Zealand legislation.
Career/further opportunitiesGraduates may be employed as an architectural technician in small-to-medium-scale building projects, and after an additional period of
suitable experience, may be able to work on larger and more complex building projects.
You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.
Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)
- 60 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 14 credits in mathematics and 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)
- Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 3;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
Based on your work experience (on the job)
If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.
Based on discretionary entrance
If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.
Candidates who do not meet the entry requirements may be granted entry into the programme after an interview to determine reasonable likelihood of success in the programme. Recommendations and/or requirements around supplementary learning or entry requirements may be made on an individual basis.
English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6 across all bands; or equivalent.
Your first day
Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.
Year 1 students starting February 2020
Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020 - Friday 14 February 2020
Venue: Student Street, G Block, Ground Floor, Rotokauri Campus
What you will need
Laptop capable of running AutoCad & Revit (this software is not currently on Mac iOS).
Access to CAD Software will be provided for free.
Office 365 will be provided for a small fee.
How to find your way around
Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai
Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.
Paying for your study
Course related costs
Drawing Equipment Required
A detailed list will be provided on your first day to help with purchasing the correct items:
• Technical Propelling Pencil with Leads 2H and HB leads
• Scale rule, with 1:100, 1:50 and 1:20
• Line or lettering guide (Alvin Ames Lettering guide L666)
• Circle guide or may be called a 'Radius Guide'
• Adjustable set square
• Drawing tube for transporting work
• Drawing paper (A3 – good quality blank cartridge paper)
• A3 Drawing Paper Carry Case
• Drawing pencils – Mechanical clutch type pencils are ideal with lead size 0.5mm for drawing and 1mm for sketching
• Pencil lead grades for the best results are:
o Construction line drawing (H to 2H lead)
o Outline drawing (HB to B lead)
o Sketching (HB lead)
• Compass for circles (good quality) with spare lead and sharpener
• Roll of masking tape 18mm
• Set squares o 45 & 30/60
Optional (worth having)
• Scale rule
• Templates for small circles, ellipses and curves
Highly recommended (optional):
• A2 size drawing board for use at home (Students have limited access to Wintec drawing boards outside of class time)
• PPE steel cap shoes, High Vis vest
• Access to standards will be provided (digital)
• House Building Guide; Pringle, Trevor (2011)-3rd Edition. Porirua: Branz Ltd
If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:
- Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)
New Zealand-based suppliers
General book suppliers
First aid certificate
Prospectus (course guide)
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