Engineering Job Options: Architectural Drafter

Architectural Drafters work alongside engineers and architects, preparing plans for construction projects. The scale drawings that an architectural drafter creates must be 100 percent accurate, as they are used as the road map for completing construction. Precise measurements are absolutely necessary, as even the tiniest error can compromise the structural integrity of a building. They may work at construction companies, engineering firms, technical services companies or government offices. Drafters usually work a regular, Monday-Friday nine-to-five schedule, though they may be required to work longer hours when under deadlines. Drafters may also be asked to travel to work sites throughout a building’s constitution.

Required Education and Experience

There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to educational requirements for architectural drafters, though most employers prefer candidates with associate degrees or certificates from accredited programs. Official licensure is not required, but many drafters choose to pursue the Certified Drafter (CD) credential handed out by the American Drafting Association after successful completion of an exam. CDs must be renewed every three years through achieving work experience in the field and accumulating continuing education credits.

Job Outlook

The salary aggregator at Indeed cites an average national annual salary of $41,000 for Architectural Drafters, and Glassdoor cites a slightly higher figure at $46,795. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports an even higher national salary average of $52,720. Salary and benefits packages will vary from job to job based on the size of the organization, its geographic location and the experience of the drafter.

The BLS also expects competition for architectural drafting to continue to be steep. Budgets remain tight and companies are relying more heavily on automated software to make the drafting process more efficient, resulting in fewer new openings.

Current Vacancy

A company in Smyrna, Georgia, is currently seeking an Architectural Drafter/Designer with prior experience in the residential home building industry or the construction industry. Experience with ACAD is desired and experience with Revit is preferred. They are seeking an energetic and motivated drafter with a minimum associate degree in drafting or drafting technology to provide detailed construction drawings for a home builder. You can learn more about this opportunity and apply online here.

If you are an experienced Architectural Drafter looking for exciting new opportunities in the Southeast region of the U.S., we encourage you to reach out to the expert recruiters at Selectek. We are always seeking strong engineering talent to match with the most innovative companies in the region. Contact us today to learn more about our process for helping you take the next step in your career.