Job Description for Architectural Drafter
An architectural drafter creates precise scale drawings and schematics for structures to be built or renovated. These drawings can then be used by clients of the architectural firm for approval (or modifications until the client is satisfied with the design). The drafter’s work is then the basis that site managers use to assist in the actual construction or remodeling work to be performed.Read More...
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.
As drafters work more on technical drawings versus the design and engineering parts, education requirements generally include relevant postsecondary education at a technical or vocational college. The drafter normally works in an office environment on computers during regular business hours. Because architectural drafters need to be in frequent communication with designers, architects, and engineers on drawings, good written and verbal communication skills are important for this field. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)
- Accurately post closed work orders to the master design files.
- Review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices.
- Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software.
- Log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily.
- Coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.