Architectural Drafting

View of a drafting table: the old way of produ...

View of a drafting table: the old way of producing architectural and engineering drawings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Architectural Drafting

Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.  In architectural drafting, CAD software allows architectural drafters and other types of design engineers to utilize computers to bring ideas from concept to completion, increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and to create a database for manufacturing and architectural design.

Architectural drafters prepare structural designs for new construction under the direction of an architect.  Architectural drafters collect construction site reports, analyze building codes, and make weight, volume, and stress calculations for the materials to be used.  They may also lay out interiors, draw landscaping, and represent the architect at the construction site.  CAD drafters coordinate the collection of data and incorporate this information into drawings, schematics, and maps.  They consult with architects, engineers, surveyors, and workers while preparing and presenting their drawings.

I currently have approximately 1 year of professional experience in architectural related drafting.  I have previously worked drafting ADA compliant renovations for a large food related processing plant as well as devising construction related designs for a small privately owned vineyard.  I currently work on my own independent projects using CAD related programs such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, Revit, and 3DS Max.  I enjoy creating new designs and incorporating my skills professionally in all areas of CAD drafting and design composition.

I am currently open to any consideration for freelance or independent contracting consignment.  A freelance CAD drafter is someone who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term.  An independent contractor would be the term used most commonly that designates the tax and employment class of this type of worker, the term freelancing is most common in culture and creative industries and this term specifically motions to participation therein.