The architectural drafter is responsible for supporting the Architect & Structural Engineer by working collaboratively to provide world-class designs consistent with the goals and aspirations of the homeowner and the unique luxury approach that serves as the hallmark of Tongue and Groove’s brand.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:
Prepare Architectural Drawings: The architectural drafter works closely with architects and engineers to prepare detailed architectural drawings. Working from rough drawings and specifications, drafters will use AutoCAD to prepare full-scale and detailed drawings. These drawings specify the project’s dimensions, including room sizes and elevations, and provide contractors and construction crews with information on materials and building plans.
Update Designs: During the design and drafting process, the architectural drafter will update and modify designs based on new information or at the request of a client. Typically, the architectural drafter will submit multiple versions of a drawing to the architectural and engineering team or to the client for final approval. While updating drawings, the architectural drafter ensures that changes do not have unforeseen effects on other construction elements.
Perform Calculations and Check for Accuracy: The architectural drafter will also use their familiarity with mathematical and construction principles to perform calculations and check drawings for accuracy. These calculations can include vital elements such as load-bearing beams within a structure.
Accompany Architects and Engineers on Site Visits: The architectural drafters will accompany architects and engineers to jobsites prior to work starting and throughout the construction process. During initial site visits, the architectural drafter gathers data and takes measurements, verifying elements such as the elevation and surrounding area. On later site visits, the architectural drafter ensures that construction workers are adhering to the plans and specifications.
Provide Drawings and Specifications to Project Managers: The architectural drafter will also play a central role in providing information to Project Managers throughout the planning and building processes. This can include providing detailed drawings of certain construction elements and answering questions that arise while Project Managers review the blueprints. Additionally, the architectural drafter may prepare additional drawings and answer questions under the supervision of the architect.
Education, Experience, and Core Competencies:
· At least an associate’s degree of applied science in architectural drafting.
· A Bachelor’s of Science degree in architecture will be beneficial.
· Proficiency in using AutoCAD.
· Drafting skills – the architectural drafter will need strong technical drawing skills, along with familiarity with principles and best practices of architectural drafting and design using both hand-drawing and computers
· Computer skills – strong computer skills are also a necessity in this role, not only while using computer-aided drafting programs but also when storing and transmitting drawings to construction and engineering teams
· Collaboration – in this role, the architectural drafter will work closely with architects and engineers to translate designs and requirements into usable drawings
· Attention to detail – this position also requires excellent attention to detail, since the architectural drafter will need to ensure that their drawings are both technically correct and presented in a readable and accessible format
· Communication skills – effective written and verbal communication skills are vital in this role, since the architectural drafter will frequently need to communicate with designers and architects to answer questions and prevent delays