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Architectural Drafters

Career Highlights

  • Some specialize in a type of structure
  • Trained in the art and science of creating buildings
  • Architectural drafters still must rely on traditional skills

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Career Summary

design materialsArchitectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings. Some may specialize in a type of structure, such as residential or commercial buildings, or in material used, such as reinforced concrete, masonry, steel, or timber.

Usually drafters start as tracers and then advance to become junior drafters. After demonstrating skill and ability as junior drafters, they can advance to senior drafters. They sometimes do the initial information gathering as they assist architects. These duties include building codes, space and site requirements, communications with vendors and clients and ensuring that designs are being met.

Architectural drafters are trained in the art and science of creating building images into actual building plans to be constructed for clients. As construction proceeds, they may visit building sites to make sure that contractors follow the design, adhere to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work quality standards.

Despite advances in computer technology, architectural drafters still must rely on traditional skills such as doing detailed work with great accuracy. They should also be able to visualize objects in two and three dimensions.




Requires a degree in:

  • Design Drafting

Career Skills

  • Architectural Theory
  • Design Drafting
  • Site Planning
  • Computer skills (CAD)

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