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Working As A Drafting Internship

  • 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

  • $48,033

    Average Salary

What Does A Drafting Internship 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 A Drafting Internship

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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Drafting Internship Career Paths

Drafting Internship
Computer Aided Design Designer Engineer Architect
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Project Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Designer Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Assistant Project Manager
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Drafter Computer Aided Design Designer Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Services Manager
Document Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Drafter Mechanical Designer Project Engineer
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Surveyor Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Drafter Designer Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Autocad Drafter Computer Aided Drafter Design Drafter
Lead Drafter
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Estimator Project Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Mechanical Designer Design Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Drafter Design Drafter Designer
Project Manager/Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Design Manager Project Manager/Design Manager
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Architect Design Drafter
Senior Drafter
6 Yearsyrs
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Drafting Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

68.1%

Female

29.1%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Asian

10.9%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.5%

French

15.2%

Chinese

6.5%

Italian

6.5%

Mandarin

4.3%

Russian

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Portuguese

2.2%

Ukrainian

2.2%

German

2.2%

Romanian

2.2%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Tongan

2.2%
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Drafting Internship Education

Schools

Northwest Technical Institute

10.2%

Pennsylvania State University

10.2%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

6.8%

Bowling Green State University

5.7%

Boston Architectural College

5.7%

University of Southern California

5.7%

Brigham Young University

4.5%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.5%

Sierra College

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Portland Community College

4.5%

Iowa State University

4.5%

ITT Technical Institute-Fort Wayne

3.4%

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee

3.4%

Murray State University

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.4%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

3.4%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.4%
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Majors

Drafting And Design

30.4%

Mechanical Engineering

16.4%

Architecture

13.0%

Civil Engineering

4.6%

Business

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Engineering Technology

2.7%

Architectural Engineering

2.7%

Project Management

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Construction Management

2.2%

Interior Design

1.9%

Engineering

1.7%

Architectural Technology

1.7%

Environmental Science

1.4%

Architectural Engineering Technology

1.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.2%

Urban Planning

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.7%

Associate

28.0%

Other

13.1%

Masters

9.9%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Drafting Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Intern Architectural Drafter GBBN Architects Inc. Cincinnati, OH Sep 15, 2011 $55,000
Intern Architectural Drafter Architekton, Inc. Tempe, AZ Oct 01, 2010 $47,000
Architectural Intern/Drafter Cube 3 Studio Inc. Lawrence, MA Jun 19, 2015 $44,928
Architectural Intern/Drafter Cube 3 Studio, LLC. Lawrence, MA Aug 25, 2011 $44,000
Intern Architect-Drafter Architectural Werks, Inc. Kirkland, WA Jan 25, 2010 $43,827
Intern Architect-Drafter Architectural Werks, Inc. Kirkland, WA Feb 04, 2010 $43,827
Draftsperson/Intern Architect Charles R. Myer & Partners, Ltd. Cambridge, MA Aug 19, 2015 $42,240
Architectural Drafter/Intern Architect J. Mayer Architects Annapolis, MD Sep 17, 2016 $41,761
Intern 1/Architectural Drafter Marble Fairbanks New York, NY Sep 16, 2012 $41,642
Architect Drafter/Intern English + Associates Architects, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $41,000
Architectural Drafter/Intern Perez, A Professional Corporation New Orleans, LA Sep 14, 2016 $39,707
Architectural Drafter/Intern Architect J. Mayer Architects Annapolis, MD Jan 10, 2016 $39,674

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Top Skills for A Drafting Internship

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  1. Architectural Drawings
  2. Revit
  3. New Construction
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  • Scaled hand drafts of commercial and residential architectural drawings.
  • Created and rendered photo realistic Revit model to run lighting calculations for minimum foot-candle requirements.
  • Design meetings with local architects and engineers for field review of new construction projects or renovations.
  • Worked with 2D AutoCAD tools, including layer management, paper space and proper scale factors.
  • Prepared a summary report of all gas pipelines buried underneath Newark International Airport.

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