Architectural & Civil Drafters

Also called: Architectural Drafter, Civil Drafter, Computer-Aided Drafting Designer (CAD Designer), Draftsman,



What they do:
Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.
On the job, you would:
  • Produce drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices.
  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
  • Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • building and construction
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$56,340
$35,890
$82,230

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What they do:
Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

On the job, you would:
  • Produce drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices.
  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
  • Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.

KNOWLEDGE

Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • building and construction
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

ABILITIES

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence

TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

EDUCATION

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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usually needed

JOB OUTLOOK

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$56,340
$35,890
$82,230

EXPLORE MORE