CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Architectural Drafters

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Architectural Drafters
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect. Analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.
 
Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records.
 
Coordinate structural, electrical and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
 
Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs, visiting job sites to compile measurements as necessary.
 
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.
 
Supervise, coordinate, and inspect the work of draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects.
 
Represent architect on construction site, ensuring builder compliance with design specifications and advising on design corrections, under architect's supervision.
 
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.
 
Create freehand drawings and lettering to accompany drawings.
 
Prepare colored drawings of landscape and interior designs for presentation to client.
 
Reproduce drawings on copy machines or trace copies of plans and drawings using transparent paper or cloth, ink, pencil, and standard drafting instruments.
 
Prepare cost estimates, contracts, bidding documents and technical reports for specific projects under an architect's supervision.
 
Calculate heat loss and gain of buildings and structures to determine required equipment specifications, following standard procedures.
 
Build landscape, architectural and display models.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Architectural Drafters
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Architectural Drafters
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Architectural Drafters
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Architectural Drafters
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Architectural Drafters
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Architect
Architect in Training
Architectural Designer
Architectural Drafter
Architectural Draftsman
Architectural Intern
Architectural Technician
Architectural Technologist
Architecture Drafter
Architecture Technician
Assistant Drafter
CAD Draftsman (Computer-Aided Design Draftsman)
CAD Technician (Computer-Aided Design Technician)
CADD Drafter (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Drafter)
CADD Operator (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Operator)
Checker
Commercial Drafter
Computer Aided Drafter
Designer
Detailer
Drafter
Drafting Technician
Draftsman
Heating and Ventilating Drafter
Intern Architect
Landscape Drafter
Marine Drafter
Oil and Gas Drafter
Plumbing Designer
Plumbing Drafter
Project Architect
Project Manager
Steel Detailer
Structural Drafter
Truss Designer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Architectural Drafters
 
 
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