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Career and Education Opportunities for Architectural Drafters in Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

For those living in the Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky area, there are many career and education opportunities for architectural drafters. There are currently 840 jobs for architectural drafters in Kentucky and this is projected to grow 8% to 910 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for architectural drafters are expected to grow by about 9.1%. In general, architectural drafters prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

A person working as an architectural drafter can expect to earn about $17 per hour or $37,320 yearly on average in Kentucky and about $21 per hour or $44,490 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Architectural drafters earn less than people working in the category of Drafting generally in Kentucky and less than people in the Drafting category nationally. People working as architectural drafters can fill a number of jobs, such as: designer, plumbing designer, and plumbing drafter.

The Lexington-Fayette area is home to twenty-two schools of higher education, including four within twenty-five miles of Lexington-Fayette where you can get a degree as an architectural drafter. The most common level of education 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 Lexington-Fayette 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

Bluegrass Community and Technical College - Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40506. Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a large college located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 12,200 students. Bluegrass Community and Technical College has 2 areas of study related to Architectural Drafter. They are:

  • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, less than one year and one to two year which graduated six and three students respectively in 2008.
  • Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD, associate's degree which graduated 12 students in 2008.

ITT Technical Institute-Lexington - Lexington, KY

ITT Technical Institute-Lexington, 2473 Fortune Dr - Suite 180, Lexington, KY 40509. ITT Technical Institute-Lexington is a small school located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 559 students and an admission rate of 51%. ITT Technical Institute-Lexington has an associate's degree program in CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.

Kentucky State University - Frankfort, KY

Kentucky State University, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601. Kentucky State University is a small university located in Frankfort, Kentucky. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 2,660 students and an admission rate of 31%. Kentucky State University has an associate's degree program in Drafting and Design Technology/Technician.

Spencerian College-Lexington - Lexington, KY

Spencerian College-Lexington, 1575 Winchester Road, Lexington, KY 40505-4515. Spencerian College-Lexington is a small college located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 609 students. Spencerian College-Lexington has 3 areas of study related to Architectural Drafter. They are:

  • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, one to two year which graduated 10 students in 2008.
  • Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD, associate's degree.
  • Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD, associate's degree which graduated 11 students in 2008.

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: Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky photo by Jonesey

Lexington-Fayette is located in Fayette County, Kentucky. It has a population of over 282,114, which has grown by 8.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Lexington-Fayette, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Lexington-Fayette are valued at $167,600 on average, which is well above the state average. In 2008, seven hundred seventy-one new homes were built in Lexington-Fayette, down from 1,227 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Lexington-Fayette are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 19 minutes. More than 35.6% of Lexington-Fayette residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 14.5%, is higher than the state average.

The percentage of Lexington-Fayette residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 47.3%, is less than both the national and state average. Victory Baptist Church, Aldersgate Church and Trinity Hill United Methodist Church are all churches located in Lexington-Fayette. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Lexington-Fayette is home to the Tates Creek Country Club and the Home of Henry Clay as well as Kentucky State Horse Park and Duncan Park. Shopping centers in the area include Fayette Mall, Turfland Mall and Lexington Mall.