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Become An Architectural Job Captain

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Working As An Architectural Job Captain

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $71,211

    Average Salary

What Does An Architectural Job Captain Do

Drafters use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Duties

Drafters typically do the following:

  • Design plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Work from rough sketches and specifications created by engineers and architects
  • Design products with engineering and manufacturing techniques
  • Add details to architectural plans from their knowledge of building techniques
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new products
  • Work under the supervision of engineers or architects

Many drafters are referred to as CAD operators. Using CAD systems, drafters create and store technical drawings digitally. These drawings contain information on how to build a structure or machine, the dimensions of the project, and what materials are needed to complete the project.

Drafters work with CAD so they can create schematics that can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into building information modeling (BIM) systems. These systems allow drafters, architects, construction managers, and engineers to create and collaborate on digital models of physical buildings and machines. Through three-dimensional rendering, BIM software allows designers and engineers to see how different elements in their projects work together.

Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings for construction projects. These workers may specialize in a type of building, such as residential or commercial. They may also specialize by the materials used, such as steel, wood, or reinforced concrete.

Civil drafters prepare topographical maps used in construction and civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and flood-control projects.

Electrical drafters prepare wiring diagrams that other construction workers use to install and repair electrical equipment and wiring in power plants, electrical distribution systems, and residential and commercial buildings.

Electronics drafters produce wiring diagrams, assembly diagrams for circuit boards, and layout drawings used in manufacturing and in installing and repairing electronic devices and components.

Mechanical drafters prepare layouts that show the details for a wide variety of machinery and mechanical tools and devices, such as medical equipment. These layouts indicate dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements needed for assembly. Mechanical drafters sometimes create production molds.

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How To Become An Architectural Job Captain

Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting.

Education

Drafters generally need to complete postsecondary education in drafting. This is typically done through a 2-year associate’s degree from a technical institute or community college.

Technical institutes offer instruction in design fundamentals, sketching, and CAD (computer-aided design) software and award certificates or diplomas upon completion. Programs vary in length but are generally 2 years of full-time education. The types of courses offered will also vary by institution. Some 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 associate’s degree program, graduates may get jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a 4-year college. Most 4-year colleges do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics.

To prepare for postsecondary education, high school students who take courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and where available, drafting, may find such classes useful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

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.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Drafters must be able to turn plans and ideas into technical drawings that will guide the creation of real buildings, tools, and systems.

Detail oriented. Drafters must pay close attention to details so that the plans they convert are technically accurate according to the outlined specifications.

Interpersonal skills. Drafters work closely with architects, engineers, and other designers to make sure that final plans are accurate. This requires the ability to take advice and constructive criticism, as well as to offer it.

Math skills. Drafters work on technical drawings. They may be required to solve mathematical calculations involving factors such as angles, weights, and costs.

Technical skills. Drafters in all specialties must be able to use computer software, such as CAD, and work with database tools, such as BIM (building information modeling).

Time-management skills. Drafters often work under strict deadlines. As a result, they must work efficiently in order to produce the required output according to set schedules.

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Architectural Job Captain Demographics

Gender

Male

78.6%

Female

18.4%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Asian

9.3%

Black or African American

8.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Dakota

25.0%

Italian

25.0%

Architectural Job Captain Education

Schools

Lawrence Technological University

10.0%

Kansas State University

6.7%

University of Oregon

6.7%

Arizona State University

6.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

6.7%

New York Institute of Technology - Manhattan Campus

6.7%

Palomar College

6.7%

Iowa State University

6.7%

Northeastern University

6.7%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

3.3%

Saint Louis Community College

3.3%

Purdue University

3.3%

William Rainey Harper College

3.3%

Salisbury University

3.3%

Eastern University

3.3%

Washington State University

3.3%

Hudson Valley Community College

3.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.3%

Bakersfield College

3.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.3%
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Majors

Architecture

45.6%

Drafting And Design

11.4%

Architectural Technology

8.9%

Management

3.8%

Interior Design

3.8%

Construction Management

3.8%

Engineering

2.5%

Business

2.5%

Interior Architecture

2.5%

Project Management

2.5%

Architectural Engineering Technology

1.3%

Writing

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Sustainability

1.3%

Natural Resources Management

1.3%

Architectural Engineering

1.3%

Computer Networking

1.3%

Interdisciplinary Studies

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Associate

18.6%

Other

15.1%

Masters

14.0%

Certificate

10.5%

Diploma

1.2%
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Real Architectural Job Captain Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Architectural Job Captain Elkus Manfredi Architects, Ltd. Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $96,500
Architectural Job Captain Elkus Manfredi Architects Ltd Boston, MA Aug 02, 2014 $91,000
Architectural Project Captain DSK LLP San Francisco, CA Jul 19, 2012 $87,069
Architectural Job Captain Elkus Manfredi Architects Ltd Boston, MA Aug 02, 2014 $85,000
Architectural Job Captain Des Architects + Engineers, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 01, 2015 $82,659
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 01, 2014 $80,350
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 14, 2015 $75,587
Architectural Job Captain KTGY Group, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 05, 2016 $75,000
Architectural Job Captain Stull and Lee, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 02, 2016 $74,000
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 15, 2012 $73,000
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. Culver City, CA Feb 09, 2012 $73,000
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, PC New York, NY Jun 16, 2010 $72,794
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2014 $72,093
Architectural Job Captain KTGY Group, Inc. Irvine, CA Jul 06, 2015 $72,000
Architectural Job Captain KTGY Group Vienna, VA Sep 02, 2015 $70,000
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. Culver City, CA Oct 01, 2010 $70,000
Architectural Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. New York, NY Mar 13, 2010 $69,145
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 04, 2016 $67,413
Architectural Job Captain Des Architects + Engineers Redwood City, CA Mar 08, 2011 $65,250
Architectural Job Captain Hellmuth Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 12, 2016 $62,005
Architectural Job Captain Ismael Leyva Architects, P.C. New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $62,000
Architectural Job Captain Ismael Leyva Architects, P.C. New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $62,000
Architectural Project Captain M. S. Savani Architect, PC NY Jul 19, 2010 $60,000
Architectural Project Captain M.S. Savani Architect, PC NY Jul 19, 2011 $60,000
Architectural Project Captain M.S. Savani Architect, PC NY Oct 27, 2010 $60,000
Architectural Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. Morristown, NJ Dec 19, 2010 $58,870
Architectural Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. Tampa, FL Jun 01, 2011 $58,658
Architectural Job Captain M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. Tampa, FL Mar 15, 2011 $58,658
Architectural Job Captain Williams + Paddon/Architects + Planners, Inc. Roseville, CA Feb 08, 2014 $58,490

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Top Skills for An Architectural Job Captain

  1. Construction Documents O
  2. CAD
  3. Design Development
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  • Develop construction documents on State Farm projects
  • Coordinated Architectural drawings with other Disciplines Skills UsedAutocad 2014
  • Job responsibilities included drafting of complete sets of Design Development and Construction Documents OSHPD approved.
  • Supervised coordination of all disciplines and assisted in construction administration.
  • Job Captain, coordinate construction documents with Engineering disciplines, write specifications and shop drawing review

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  1. Arizona
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  4. District of Columbia
  5. Connecticut
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Rhode Island
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