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Goal setting: What are My goal setting for my future is to attend Merced JC and do
your goals for your whatever it takes to become a drafting teacher. After my 2 years
future? at Merced JC I will transfer to Fresno State or Sac State to
continue my schooling in getting my degree in becoming an
drafting teacher. Lastly, I will become a drafting teacher in getting
into a school and teaching students all about Architecture.

Provide a brief Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and
description of the job. architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in
Include the architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use
nature of the work, technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to
environment, the duties skyscrapers. Although drafters spend much of their time working
performed, on computers in an office, some may visit jobsites in order to
responsibilities, average collaborate with architects and engineers. Most drafters work full
work week, etc time. Drafters take designs from engineers and architects and
Career exploration site 1 convert them into plans needed for construction.
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Describe key skills, Basic Skills


abilities, and personality listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good
traits important for this questions
career. thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to
solve a problem

People and Technology Systems


thinking about the pros and cons of different options and
picking the best one
figuring out how a system should work and how changes
in the future will affect it

Problem Solving
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve
it

What is the average or National: $52,720 per year


median salary
range for this career
both nationally and
locally? Local: $25.35 per hour

What is the outlook for Employment of drafters is projected to decline 3 percent from
the future of this career? 2014 to 2024. Although drafters will continue to work on technical
Does research show drawings and documents related to the design of buildings,
growth or decline in machines, and tools, new software programs are making drafters
hiring? and related professionals more efficient, thus requiring fewer
workers. Competition for jobs is expected to be strong.

Describe the education Drafters generally need to complete postsecondary education in


and training drafting. This is typically done through a 2-year associates
required for this position. degree from a technical institute or community college. Programs
Are there vary in length but are generally 2 years of full-time education.
any licenses or The types of courses offered will also vary by institution. Some
certifications required? institutions may specialize in only one type of drafting, such as
mechanical or architectural drafting. Community colleges offer
programs similar to those in technical institutes that lead to an
associate of applied science in drafting or related degree. After
completing an associates degree program, graduates may get
jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a
4-year college. The American Design Drafting Association
(ADDA) offers certification for drafters. Although not mandatory,
certification demonstrates competence and knowledge of
nationally recognized practices. Certifications are offered for
several specialties, including architectural, civil, and mechanical
drafting.

What is your overall Pros:


impression of this Higher-than-average expected job growth (17% from
occupation? 2012-2022)
High earning potential (about $74,520 median annual
wage as of 2014 for all architects except landscape and
naval)
Work with a variety of professionals (clients, engineers,
construction workers)
Large demand for architects who build using sustainable
practices and procedures

Cons:
Despite high job prospects, there will be keen competition
for jobs*
Requires highly specialized education and licensure*
Must complete 3-year internship before becoming
licensed*
Continuing education is often required to maintain
licensure
Long hours

After learning more still interested


about this career, are not interested)
you still
interested? Would this This career is a good match for me because:
career fit with the I love drawing and art, a career in drafting and design allows me
lifestyle you want? Does to combine these two skills. If I want to work in drafting and
it match your interests, design then there are many specialties to choose from. I can
personality, skills and choose to work for the aeronautical industry preparing drawings
work values? for engineers which will be used in the manufacture of aircraft,
aircraft parts, and missiles, or you could choose to work in an
architectural firm, preparing drawings for new construction
projects.

List two occupations that similar careers:


are similar that you may 1. Architects
be interested in 2. Industrial Designers
researching.