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Career and Education Opportunities for Architectural Drafters in Miami, Florida

If you want to be an architectural drafter, the Miami, Florida area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. Currently, 8,160 people work as architectural drafters in Florida. This is expected to grow 20% to about 9,750 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for architectural drafters are expected to grow by about 9.1%. Architectural drafters generally prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

The income of an architectural drafter is about $20 per hour or $41,670 per year on average in Florida. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $21 per hour or $44,490 yearly on average. Earnings for architectural drafters are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Drafting in Florida and not quite as good as general Drafting category earnings nationally. Architectural drafters work in a variety of jobs, including: drafter, architectural technologist, and truss designer.

There are twelve schools within twenty-five miles of Miami where you can study to be an architectural drafter, among ninety-eight schools of higher education total in the Miami area. Given that the most common education level for architectural drafters is an Associate's, or other 2-year degree, you can expect to spend about two years studying to be an architectural drafter if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Architectural Drafter

In general, architectural drafters prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

Architectural drafters operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting stations to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records. They also obtain and assemble data to finish architectural designs, visiting job sites to compile measurements as needed. Equally important, architectural drafters have to analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to establish their effect on architectural designs. They are often called upon to direct structural, electrical and mechanical designs and decide on a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans. Finally, architectural drafters draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings and structures, on the basis of preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data.

Every day, architectural drafters are expected to be able to visualize how things come together and can be organized. They need to think through problems and come up with general rules. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for architectural drafters to lay out and plan interior room arrangements for commercial buildings using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment and software. They are often called upon to develop freehand drawings and lettering to accompany drawings. They also check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to records of materials. They are sometimes expected to ready colored drawings of landscape and interior designs for presentation to client. Somewhat less frequently, architectural drafters are also expected to represent architect on construction site, ensuring builder adherence to layout specifications and advising on layout corrections, under architect's supervision.

They also have to be able to build landscape, architectural and display models And finally, they sometimes have to ready cost estimates, contracts, bidding documents and technical summaries for specific projects under an architect's supervision.

Like many other jobs, architectural drafters must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Miami include:

  • CAD/CAM Specialist. Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, and other engineering information.
  • Civil Draftsman. Prepare drawings and topographical and relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, pipelines, flood control projects, and water and sewerage control systems.
  • Civil Engineering Technician. Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
  • Equipment Engineering Technician. Apply electrical theory and related knowledge to test and modify developmental or operational electrical machinery and electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants and laboratories. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.
  • Mechanical Engineer. Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, and repair of such equipment as centralized heat, gas, and steam systems.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Architectural Drafter Training

College of Business and Technology-Hialeah Campus - Hialeah, FL

College of Business and Technology-Hialeah Campus, 935 West 49 Street # 203, Hialeah, FL 33012. College of Business and Technology-Hialeah Campus is a small college located in Hialeah, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 128 students. College of Business and Technology-Hialeah Campus has an associate's degree program in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.

Key College - Dania Beach, FL

Key College, 225 East Dania Beach Blvd., #130, Dania Beach, FL 33004-3046. Key College is a small college located in Dania Beach, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 97 students and an admission rate of 78%. Key College has an associate's degree program in Drafting and Design Technology/Technician which graduated four students in 2008.

Miami Dade College - Miami, FL

Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2297. Miami Dade College is a large college located in Miami, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 57,106 students. Miami Dade College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Drafting and Design Technology/Technician which graduated 257 and zero students respectively in 2008.

College of Business and Technology - Miami, FL

College of Business and Technology, 8991 SW 107 Ave Ste 200, Miami, FL 33176-1412. College of Business and Technology is a small college located in Miami, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 60 students. College of Business and Technology has an associate's degree program in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.

ITT Technical Institute-Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale, FL

ITT Technical Institute-Fort Lauderdale, 3401 S University Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328. ITT Technical Institute-Fort Lauderdale is a small school located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 807 students and an admission rate of 42%. ITT Technical Institute-Fort Lauderdale has an associate's degree program in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician which graduated twenty-two students in 2008.

McFatter Technical Center - Davie, FL

McFatter Technical Center, 6500 Nova Drive, Davie, FL 33317. McFatter Technical Center is a small school located in Davie, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,039 students. McFatter Technical Center has a one to two year program in Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD which graduated six students in 2008.

Atlantic Technical Center - Coconut Creek, FL

Atlantic Technical Center, 4700 Coconut Creek Pky, Coconut Creek, FL 33063-3902. Atlantic Technical Center is a small school located in Coconut Creek, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,091 students. Atlantic Technical Center has a one to two year program in Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD which graduated two students in 2008.

ITT Technical Institute-Miami - Miami, FL

ITT Technical Institute-Miami, 7955 NW 12th St, Ste 119, Miami, FL 33126. ITT Technical Institute-Miami is a small school located in Miami, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 726 students and an admission rate of 34%. ITT Technical Institute-Miami has an associate's degree program in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.

Robert Morgan Educational Center - Miami, FL

Robert Morgan Educational Center, 18180 SW 122nd Ave, Miami, FL 33177. Robert Morgan Educational Center is a small school located in Miami, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,254 students. Robert Morgan Educational Center has a one to two year program in Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD which graduated two students in 2008.

College of Business and Technology-Flagler Campus - Miami, FL

College of Business and Technology-Flagler Campus, 8230 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33144. College of Business and Technology-Flagler Campus is a small college located in Miami, Florida. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 147 students. College of Business and Technology-Flagler Campus has an associate's degree program in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.

Sheridan Technical Center - Hollywood, FL

Sheridan Technical Center, 5400 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021. Sheridan Technical Center is a small school located in Hollywood, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,526 students. Sheridan Technical Center has 2 areas of study related to Architectural Drafter. They are:

  • Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD, one to two year which graduated 7 students in 2008.
  • Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD, one to two year.

Miami Lakes Educational Center - Miami Lakes, FL

Miami Lakes Educational Center, 5780 NW 158th St, Miami Lakes, FL 33014. Miami Lakes Educational Center is a small school located in Miami Lakes, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,376 students. Miami Lakes Educational Center has a one to two year program in Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD.

CERTIFICATIONS

Planning and Scheduling Professional: The PSP certification is to recognize specialists who meet a demanding set of planning and scheduling criteria by a rigorous examination, experience, education and ethical qualificaion.

For more information, see the AACE International (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering through total cost management) website.

Certified Transfer Station Technical Associate: This certification was developed to address the increased interest in transfer stations and provide transfer station managers and others the opportunity to learn more about transfer station design and operation.

For more information, see the Solid Waste Association of North America website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida photo by Averette

Miami is located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It has a population of over 413,201, which has grown by 14.0% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Miami, 140, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Miami cost $273,500 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, thirty-seven new homes were built in Miami, down from seventy-three the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Miami are health care, accommodation and food services, and educational services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 28 minutes. More than 16.2% of Miami residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.7%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Miami is 12.5%, which is greater than Florida's average of 11.3%.

The percentage of Miami residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 39.6%, is less than both the national and state average. Church of Resurrection, Church of the Ascension and Church of the Incarnation are all churches located in Miami. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Miami is home to the Edison West Little River Neighborhood Center and the Miamarina South Pier Light as well as Belle Meade Park and 54th Street Mini Park. Shopping malls in the area include Central Shopping Center, Northside Mall and Northside Shopping Center. Visitors to Miami can choose from AmeriSuites Miami / Kendall, Four Seasons Hotel Miami and Airways Airport Inn & Suites for temporary stays in the area.