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Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Grinding machines
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  • Milling machines
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  • Soldering iron
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  • Utility knives
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  • Saws
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Project management software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Document management software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, or construction time.
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  • Consult with clients to determine functional or spatial requirements of structures.
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  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors.
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  • Integrate engineering elements into unified architectural designs.
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  • Administer construction contracts.
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  • Represent clients in obtaining bids or awarding construction contracts.
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  • Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, or reports.
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  • Calculate potential energy savings by comparing estimated energy consumption of proposed design to baseline standards.
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  • Design environmentally sound structural upgrades to existing buildings, such as natural lighting systems, green roofs, or rainwater collection systems.
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  • Design or plan construction of green building projects to minimize adverse environmental impact or conserve energy.
  •  Skills
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
      Related Experience:   A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $86,753.00 $41.71  $25.67  $28.47 - $49.61 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $105,973.00 $50.95  $29.01  $31.14 - $65.51 
    Hartford $78,895.00 $37.93  $25.12  $28.42 - $46.25 
    New Haven $74,480.00 $35.81  $23.92  $25.92 - $44.12 
    New London/Norwich $92,150.00 $44.30  $31.97  $37.84 - $52.33 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   46
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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