The average person never really gives much thought to all the wonderful and beautiful buildings and structures they pass by everyday. Structures like old wooden covered bridges or the tallest of skyscrapers. Architects played a part in the design in both of these and all the structures in between. Architects helped evolve our past into our present and will push us right on into the future, changing the face of the world along the way. They help make our homes and schools safer and more functional as well as more environmentally friendly.
Architectural drafting is certainly a highly respectable career choice,
especially for those with some artistic talent and a little imagination.
This career could take you down many paths from small scale building
design to redesigning entire cities. Your career as an architect could
very well leave a mark that will stand for hundreds of years. Your
designs could possibly be stronger tornado or hurricane proof homes that
could save lives in the future…possibilities are endless.
As the focus on green energy and saving energy becomes more mainstream,
architectural drafting will continue to be a very lucrative career
choice. Cities are changing the way they want to look and operate
everyday. Buildings that can provide their own power source and are self
sufficient are saving tons of money. A draftsman that can incorporate
this new technology in with eye appealing structures will never have
trouble working again. Just imagine a school or business that has a
brand new office or building…but has no electric bill each month. That
money saved can be put somewhere else where it can be of value or do
Often times as a community sees one business “go green,” others will
then want to follow in their footsteps. Green oriented businesses are
almost always looked at by their communities as “the good guys.” An
architectural draftsman that can do this for a city or business becomes
much needed an sought after. In today’s economy and market a businesses
ability to change and adapt often means whether it will succeed or fall
by the wayside. Sometimes design changes are needed to keep a business completed…this makes you suddenly pretty valuable.
To get started in the field of architectural drafting you will need at
least a two year associates degree. This education will provide you the
training and skills you need to get you on your way. Computer aided
drafting (CAD) skills are a must for today’s draftsman. These skills
will allow your work to be put into action by the engineers and contractors, without CAD training you will have trouble competing in
today’s workforce. A two year degree in this field can open doors for
you that you never thought possible, and take you places you never
dreamed of. Keeping up with developing technology will insure you are on
top of your game as opportunities unfold before you for years to come.
Even as you gain experience in the field, taking a class or two down the
road is not out of the question.
Being a good problem solver is a good attribute you will need as an
architectural draftsman. Engineers often run into problems that they
need help with, and you will be the one they will turn to for that help.
Might be something simple like re-routing water lines or moving
complete walls to make room for something else. The draftsman will be
depended on to make these types of decisions quickly and safely. You may
have a crew of lesser experienced draftsman working under and you will
be the one they turn to when they have questions of their own. As you
continue to grow and learn in your trade the opportunities for you will
A draftsman can expect to start with a salary of say twenty to thirty
thousand a year. This often depends on where you choose to work. A
smaller city will most likely have less building going on than a larger
one. The area in which you choose to live and work should be carefully
planned ahead of time. Many draftsman are okay with the smaller cities
and a more relaxed way of life. Others however are not, they want to be
in the thick of things and work on big projects, or even several
projects at one time. For these more ambitious draftsman they often make
way more ambitious salaries as well.
Most all community colleges scattered across the U.S. have a drafting
and design program from which you can get your start. ITT Tech in
Tennessee, Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, Herzing
University in Wisconsin, these are just a few of the options available
to you. In only two years time you could be on your way to improving the
world around you and enjoying a brand new career. Not only that you
could design your own dream home and have it just exactly like you want
it. Could be a conventional style home with all the trimmings or
something completely modern that will be the envy to all that see it.
Yes the architectural drafting career is wide open right now and the
future looks even brighter. A draftsman can literally draw the road to
his future one sketch at a time. What an exciting way to approach life. A
career that allows financial success and so many other satisfying
rewards as well. Natural disasters often force communities and towns to
rebuild and redesign. Architectural drafting plays a huge part in this
process. The towns suddenly have need to be built back, not only quickly
but safer than they were before. Being a part of designing things that
make people more comfortable as well as safer has to be the ultimate
satisfaction and reward.