Structural detailers typically work in civil engineering firms and are tasked with developing the detailed models and drawings engineers use to create the final product. Detailers are sometimes called structural drafters or structural designers, but regardless of the title, these professionals use CAD technology to develop their schematics and play an essential role in nearly every civil engineering project.
Required Education and Experience For Structural Detailers
Structural detailers can enter the field with an associate degree or a certificate from a technical program. Because the job is so technical and requires extreme attention to detail, schooling is incredibly important to learn math, science, engineering, drafting and technological tools for success.
There are also certifications available for structural detailers to demonstrate their expertise to hiring managers. Certifications are often not required for jobs, but they can help detailers become more marketable, especially if they lack real-world experience.
Job Outlook For Structural Detailers
The salary aggregator at Indeed indicates that the average salary for structural detailers in Missouri is currently around $84,000 per year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) cites a figure of $55,550 as the national average. Indeed is an aggregator that draws only from jobs listed currently on its website while the BLS uses national data, which would account for such a differential between local and national salaries.
BLS data predicts that structural detailing and drafting job openings will grow at a rate of 7% through 2026, a rate about as fast as average for all occupations. Candidates should keep in mind that salary and benefits packages can vary significantly from job to job-based on the requirements of the position, the size of the company, its geographic location and the experience of the candidate.
Current Opportunity For Structural Detailers
Selectek is currently recruiting structural detailers in Kansas City, Missouri. The job requires constructing structural steel models and creating parts, fabrication, and installation drawings for manufacturing plants. AutoCAD is required while structural plate and mild steel drafting and detailing experience are preferred.
Entry-level detailers are welcome to apply, as training will be provided, if hired. You can learn more about this opportunity or apply online here.
If you are an experienced structural detailer, designer or drafter looking for exciting new job opportunities, we invite you to browse all of our current engineering openings or reach out to the expert recruiters at Selectek. Contact us today to learn more.