Architectural and Civil Drafters
Computer-Aided Drafting Designer (CAD Designer),
What they do: Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.
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What do they typically do on the job?
- Produce drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices.
- Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
- Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
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People who want to pursue this career have knowledge in these areas.
Engineering and Technology
Building and construction
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Safety and Government
Public safety and security
Whether you have received formal training or not, these types of abilities are helpful in this career.
Listen and understand what people say
Read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
Notice when problems happen
Order or arrange things
Choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide
People who want to pursue this career have skills in these areas.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Work values describe how your core beliefs align with those commonly needed for this career.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
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Data for NSI career cards comes from the following: Idaho Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*NET, MyNextMove, and Career OneStop