Architectural Drafter

Architectural Drafters use software to convert structure designs of engineers and architects into computer-aided drafting (CAD) drawings. They include more specific information such as materials and dimensions to make the drawing more realistic and feasible.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

An Architectural Drafter is converting the lead architect’s plans into complete drawings by choosing materials and procedures that follow LEED Building Design and Construction criteria. This design aims for the building to be environmentally sustainable and energy efficient. Keeping this in mind, the Architectural Drafter chooses some of the construction materials to be sourced from recycled products use on a previous construction project along.

TYPICAL TASKS SRC

  • Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms, and records.
  • Analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.
  • Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
  • Draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings, and structures, based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets, and other data.
  • Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to lists of materials.

EXAMPLE JOB TITLES SRC

Architectural Designer, Architectural Draftsman, Architectural Intern, CAD Technician, Drafter, Draftsman, Intern Architect

MEDIAN PAY SRC

$53,480

EDUCATION & TRAINING LEVEL

Associate’s Degree, American Design Drafting Association Certificate (recommended)

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

1-2 years

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

Creativity, Detail Oriented, Interpersonal Skills, Math Skills, Technical Skills, Time Management, Organizational Skills, Communication Skills

SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Surveying and Mapping Technicians, Architects