What makes a great drafter? What qualities should a drafter possess that would land him/her that dream job? What skills are important to develop for a drafter? What role does formal education play in a drafting career? If you are a drafter or CAD technician most likely at some point you asked some if not all of these questions.
Few weeks ago, I had a chance to ask some of the most prominent architects with significant online influence the following question on Twitter, “What do you look for in a drafter when hiring or outsourcing? (Qualities, characteristics, skills)“.I was very curious to read their answers and insights. What qualities and skills will matter most to them? Will education play a big role? Will they care about experience? What about proficiency in drafting software? Below you can read their direct responses to my question and draw your own conclusions.
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“Knowledgeable, happy with their role, team player, free thinker, considerate, and more skilled than me”
Mark R. LePage
“Outsourcing these days, so looking for confident skilled friendly listener.”
“Experience. Detail oriented portfolio. Standards. Licensure is a plus.”
“A draftsperson should be conscientious, accurate, and reliable. But most importantly, a self motivated problem solver.”
“Skill, timeliness, ability to problem-solve, general construction knowledge.”
“Work in native program (@Vectorworks), independence, follow my rules, add something new, knows construction, think 3d”
“Reliability is the first and foremost. You can work out everything else if qualifications are good :)”
Michele Grace Hottel
“I do most of my own drafting but when I do have someone cad draft for me, I think good communication is key!”
Sean Jefferson Tobin
“Great question I look for experience, program compatibility, ability to differentiate important vs urgent information, plus good communication.”
“If I were… I’d look for proficiency in the software I use and experience in project types and locations.”
“Construction knowledge, attention to detail, ability to think in 3d while looking at 2d drawings, knowledge of drawing conventions”
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