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
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

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Architectural Drafter Career Path

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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.
Yodya Karya (Persero)
Architectural Drafter
Mar 13, 2023

“overtime work but luckily i got a good leader and he accompany my team to finish the job”

VA3 DesignVA3 Design
Jun 12, 2023

“Out of three partners/owners: Wellington are Grace are not good people to work for.”

Lépine ApartmentsLépine Apartments
Oct 26, 2023

“Nice Staff Vertically Integrated Fun and Interesting Projects”

Prica Global EnterprisesPrica Global Enterprises
Junior Architectural Technologist
Oct 18, 2022

“Good pay and work experience”

Architectural Drafter
Jan 17, 2022

“good work and life balance”

Jun 27, 2022

“Working remote 100% allows the employees to balance work and life better.”

K Paul ArchitectK Paul Architect
May 5, 2023

“environment is good if you enjoy working on different retail projects”

Oct 12, 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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Architectural Designer
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Landscape Architect
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