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Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Graphics or video accelerator cards
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  • Print servers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Tablet computers
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  • Computer mouse or trackballs
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Document management software
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  • Development environment software
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  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.
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  • Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms, and records.
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  • Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
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  • Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs, visiting job sites to compile measurements as necessary.
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  • Draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings, and structures, based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets, and other data.
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  • Lay out and plan interior room arrangements for commercial buildings, using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment and software.
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  • Supervise, coordinate, and inspect the work of draftspersons, technicians, and technologists on construction projects.
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  • Represent architect on construction site, ensuring builder compliance with design specifications and advising on design corrections, under architect's supervision.
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  • Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to lists of materials.
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  • Determine procedures and instructions to be followed, according to design specifications and quantity of required materials.
  •  Skills
     
  • 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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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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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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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  •  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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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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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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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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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     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 $62,176.00 $29.89  $22.25  $24.72 - $34.52 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $63,786.00 $30.66  $22.63  $25.16 - $37.00 
    Danbury $62,095.00 $29.85  $26.71  $26.55 - $31.25 
    Hartford $63,310.00 $30.44  $22.87  $24.64 - $34.93 
    New Haven $60,627.00 $29.14  $22.26  $24.88 - $33.54 
    New London/Norwich $56,201.00 $27.02  $22.35  $24.32 - $30.17 
    Waterbury $45,873.00 $22.06  $9.78  $9.80 - $30.07 
    Torrington $55,948.00 $26.90  $14.99  $18.82 - $35.58 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   9
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, and the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
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