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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

  • $52,000

    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
Drafter Designer Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Drafter Designer Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Drafter Design Drafter Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Mechanical Designer Design Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Mechanical Designer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Drafter Computer Aided Design Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Drafter Mechanical Designer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Drafter Design Engineer Owner
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Project Manager Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Engineering Technician Project Coordinator
Project Architect
7 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Architectural Designer
Senior Architectural Designer
9 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Engineer Architect
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Autocad Drafter Interior Designer Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Autocad Drafter Interior Designer Assistant Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Autocad Drafter Engineering Technician Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineering Manager Construction Manager
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Draftsman Job Captain
Senior Drafter
6 Yearsyrs
Draftsman Estimator Senior Estimator
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Drafting Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

64.9%

Female

24.3%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.2%

French

18.8%

Chinese

6.3%

Italian

6.3%

Arabic

4.7%

Portuguese

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Ukrainian

1.6%

German

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Tamil

1.6%

Tongan

1.6%
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Drafting Internship Education

Schools

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

10.1%

University of Houston

8.8%

Pennsylvania State University

7.4%

Northwest Technical Institute

6.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.4%

Boston Architectural College

5.4%

Brigham Young University

4.7%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.7%

Bowling Green State University

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.1%

Portland Community College

4.1%

Florida International University

4.1%

Lee College

4.1%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

3.4%

Florida Atlantic University

3.4%
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Majors

Drafting And Design

27.2%

Mechanical Engineering

16.2%

Architecture

15.3%

Civil Engineering

5.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Business

3.4%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Architectural Technology

2.8%

Construction Management

2.6%

Interior Design

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Engineering Technology

2.1%

Architectural Engineering

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Law

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Environmental Design

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Associate

27.8%

Other

13.6%

Masters

11.6%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

1.0%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Drafting Internship make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Drafting Internship in the United States is $52,814 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $90,000.

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
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

  1. Engineering Department
  2. Floor Plans
  3. New Construction
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  • Communicated with engineering department and store managers to make minor floor plan modifications.
  • Drafted Floor plans for scholastic funding, summing over $100,000 for the construction of 3 Federal Trio buildings
  • Design meetings with local architects and engineers for field review of new construction projects or renovations.
  • Produced architectural drawings in for restaurant and retail renovations and build-outs.
  • Created and rendered photo realistic Revit model to run lighting calculations for minimum foot-candle requirements.

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  1. Arizona
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  3. Illinois
  4. Georgia
  5. Alaska
  6. Colorado
  7. California
  8. Maryland
  9. Rhode Island
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