Career as an Architectural Drafter


Summary

Architectural Drafters make detailed scale drawings used in construction. They draw building plans for office buildings, private homes, theaters, factories, and school buildings. Because buildings are constructed exactly as shown on these drawings, the work must be clear, complete, and accurate. Architects, engineers, and designers give sketches, notes, and other information to drafters who use it to make drawings. Drafters often work in the engineering, research, or development departments of large companies. They also work for architects and construction companies.

For a modern architectural drafter, most creation of drawings uses computer-aided design (CAD) software; a draftsman must be fluent in the use of these programs, such as AutoCAD, to be considered for work in this field. The architectural draftsman uses the software to make elaborate drawings as specified by engineers, senior designers, and architects in the firm, paying special attention to all specifications provided. The drawing must be precise and to scale so that it may be easily translated to construction site documentation. The drafter is expected to clarify any inconsistencies in specifications and likely updates designs multiple times before they meets all requirements necessary.

The duties of Architectural Drafters typically includes to accurately post closed work orders to the master design files, review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices. They also prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software, log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily and coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.

Work Environment

Architectural Drafters work in clean, well-lighted, and well-ventilated offices. Drafters must sometimes work closely with architects or as part of a team of other drafters. Drafters use computers or draw on slanted desks while sitting on stools. Tracing and alterations are done on a glass table with a light built into it, called a light table. The light shines from underneath the paper or chart, making it easy to trace. Drafters who use CAD systems spend their days at the computer. Drafters may have to visit construction sites to get firsthand information.

Entry Level Education

Certificate Course in Architectural Drafting.

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