Applied & Technical Studies

Launch a career in architectural drafting

Launch a career in architectural drafting

Do you have an eye for detail and excellent spatial ability?

Architectural drafting may be the career for you. Drafters work behind the scenes to create technical drawings and plans based on sketches, specifications or notes made by architects, engineers, surveyors, or other industry professionals. They use advanced computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) software to bring designs to life.

51's intensive, ten-month Architectural Drafting Technician program fully equips you to prepare drawings of residential and commercial buildings used for construction and to obtain building permits. You apply drafting and design techniques and learn to understand construction standards and building codes. You learn surveying methods in the field to understand how a building fits on a construction site. You also learn to use AutoCAD to design accurate building plans.

Our knowledgeable instructors create an environment patterned after the working world. You get to solve real design problems and you are encouraged to develop your creative talents and techniques beyond the level demanded of a junior draftsperson.

51's Architectural Drafting program is designed to prepare you for entry-level drafting positions in fields related to architecture, including architectural, civil, or structural engineering offices, as well as manufacturing, facility management, municipal services, private design firms, and public agencies. It is also excellent preparation for continuing your education in the field of architecture.

Career outlook for architectural drafting

According to WorkBC, the unemployment rate for architectural drafters is very low. Given the anticipated gains in the construction industry in British Columbia, combined with older workers moving into retirement, job stability is excellent for people in this occupation and demand is steadily growing.

The best opportunities should arise for architectural drafters with experience and formal training using computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) technology. Experienced drafters may advance to positions of senior designer, drafter, or supervisor.

Drafting technologists and technicians are employed by architecture firms, engineering firms, consulting and construction, utility, resource, and manufacturing companies, all levels of government, and by a wide range of other establishments.