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Architectural Drafters - 17-3011.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Architectural Designer
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Architectural Draftsman
  • Architectural Technician
  • CAD Technician (Computer-Aided Design Technician)
  • CADD Operator (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Operator)
  • Detailer
  • Drafter
  • Draftsman
  • Truss Designer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.
  • Analyze technical implications of architect's design concept, calculating weights, volumes, and stress factors.
  • Build landscape, architectural, and display models.
  • Calculate heat loss and gain of buildings and structures to determine required equipment specifications, following standard procedures.
  • Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to lists of materials.
  • Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
  • Create freehand drawings and lettering to accompany drawings.
  • Determine procedures and instructions to be followed, according to design specifications and quantity of required materials.
  • 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.
  • Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs, visiting job sites to compile measurements as necessary.
  • Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms, and records.
  • Prepare colored drawings of landscape and interior designs for presentation to client.
  • Prepare cost estimates, contracts, bidding documents, and technical reports for specific projects under an architect's supervision.
  • Represent architect on construction site, ensuring builder compliance with design specifications and advising on design corrections, under architect's supervision.
  • Reproduce drawings on copy machines or trace copies of plans and drawings, using transparent paper or cloth, ink, pencil, and standard drafting instruments.
  • Supervise, coordinate, and inspect the work of draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect data about project sites.
  • Create graphical representations of structures or landscapes.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Direct design or development activities.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards.
  • Operate computer systems.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Verify mathematical calculations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Engineer Assistant (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aid (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Technical Engineer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Drafter, Architectural
  • Drafter, Commercial
  • Drafter, Heating and Ventilating
  • Drafter, Landscape
  • Drafter, Marine
  • Drafter, Plumbing
  • Drafter, Structural

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Drafter, Architectural
  • Drafter, Assistant
  • Drafter, Commercial
  • Drafter, Heating and Ventilating
  • Drafter, Landscape
  • Drafter, Marine
  • Drafter, Oil and Gas
  • Drafter, Plumbing
  • Drafter, Structural