What does an Architectural Drafter do?

Architectural drafters create technical drawings based upon the designs of architects and engineers incorporating measurements and building codes for construction. They use CAD software to print schematics used by architects, building contractors, and engineers and enter data to create 3D design models. They prepare drawings, charts, and records with CAD equipment and conventional drafting techniques.

Architectural drafters visit construction sites to perform measurements and calculate dimensions as needed and collaborate with architects and construction engineers to ensure adherence to building specifications and industry regulations. They keep abreast of the latest developments and technologies in architectural design, provide information to contractors and construction crews throughout the planning and building process, and prepare additional drawings and answer questions under an architect’s supervision. Architectural drafters need at least an associate's degree in drafting and relevant on-the-job experience.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Architectural Drafter Salaries

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Architectural Drafter Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
21%
2 - 4
63%
5 - 7
8%
8+
8%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Architectural Drafter Insights

Read what Architectural Drafter professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
TDSTDS
Architectural Drafter
17 Jan 2022

“good work and life balance”

Vaastu Structures
Architectural Draftsman
22 Dec 2020

“nice compony thare gives good and quality of work in constructions of the buildings...and gives standerd work.”

Texas RoadhouseTexas Roadhouse
Architectural Drafter
4 Nov 2020

“Great Turnover Rate (employees love working here)”

Toro Group of CompaniesToro Group of Companies
Architectural Drafter
4 Sept 2021

“Good team to work with”

BDPBDP
Junior Architectural Technologist
5 Jan 2021

“Good people to work alongside”

Cooke AquacultureCooke Aquaculture
ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST
13 Jul 2020

“Great people to work with”

Barron Edwards Sterling
Senior Architectural Technologist
30 Sept 2021

“Staff are good to work with”

Mark'sMark's
ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST
12 Oct 2021

“Its a good starting point”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an Architectural Drafter

When working as an Architectural Drafter, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Structural Revit, MEP AutoCAD, CAD Software, Drawing and BIM.

The most similar professions to Architectural Drafter are:
  • Project Architect
  • Architectural Designer
  • Architect
  • Landscape Architect

The most common qualifications to become an Architectural Drafter is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Project Architect
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