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Architectural Drafters
District Of Columbia

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Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

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Currently Employed: 460

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $20.93 - $29.27

Typical Annual Salary: $43,500 - $60,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Lay out and plan interior room arrangements for commercial buildings, using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment and software.
  • Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs, visiting job sites to compile measurements as necessary.
  • Supervise, coordinate, and inspect the work of draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects.
  • Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to lists of materials.
  • Determine procedures and instructions to be followed, according to design specifications and quantity of required materials.
  • Analyze technical implications of architect's design concept, calculating weights, volumes, and stress factors.

tools & technology

  • Curves
  • Graphics or video accelerator cards
  • Scales
  • Scanners
  • Tablet computers

  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
  • Pattern design software

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