Is it realistic to think that I could get a drafting job after
completing a certificate program in Autocad but without any formal
Drafting training such as at a associates degree from a tech school or
community college? (I have a BA in physics) If not, would passing the
ADDA drafting test (by self study) get me a job, or would I still need
formal training. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I'm 19 turning 20 in less than 3 months. I've had basic CAD training in
highschool but that was about it... I've spent the last year working at a
civil engineering firm as a drafter, and previously I worked at an
architecture firm as a drafter.
I'm not sure about where you live, but here there's quite a few positions
out for drafters and such, and as long as you demonstrate the skill and
ability you're pretty much guaranteed a job.
Hey neighbor, me too.
The American economy has been trailing behind ours for some time now, so
things aren't quite as bright there as here. Here, for the right money,
almost anybody could get a job drafting. Experienced or not.
BTW is that a typo in your return email, or a "double-entendre"?
It really depends upon what field you're in. The bulk of my work is
residential and things have been going great for a number of years and the
next 5+ years also are expected to be very strong.
Even when things are bad there's still work, you just have to be able to
differentiate yourself so that when the work load is low you're the one who
Well said, Michael. I'm in the civil field, in the Pittsburgh area, and
I'm actually considering going out on my own. I have a few nice things
lined up, but I'd have to leave my current full-time job to take them
on. Civil firms in this area can't find good CAD operators. Some are
even paying the shitty ones pretty damn good money for lack of anyone else.
FWIW.........I'm doing some 'consulting' for a small firm downtown.
There are jobs out there, but they're not going to come to you.
Have you called companys like CEC, LSSE, the numerous architectural
firms, or others around town? I know a few other firms who apparently
don't have any good CAD people (they'll remain nameless out of respect
There are some firms throught Beaver/Butler County areas, too. I'm sure
Washington County has a few as well.
Email me directly with a little background info about yourself. We have
a guy leaving (going to another firm) next week. We're not planning on
hiring right away, but if things pick up, we'll have no choice. I don't
need a resume at this point, but let me know your general background
info, particularly your work history.
Sounds like a familiar story. ;)
You're absolutely right. Most 'CAD techs' don't put too much effort
into being good at what they do, so with a little effort, you can be a
'good one'. With alot of effort, in a few years, you can make a
respectable living at it.
Just my $0.02 as a non-trained CAD guy........doing ok, for myself.
But just driving Autocad is not enough. you could compare it to being able to
use a drawing board and drafting machine. There are
conventions in all drafting disciplines that have to be understood and followed.
You also will need to gain knowledge as to how
things go together in the most economical and best practice way. You will never
stop learning as a draftsman. Some of the best
draftsmen come from the other end of the process - the factory floor after an
apprenticeship as a tradesman.
But don't let me discourage you. Go for it but always be prepared to learn from
Some don't. You can't be an expert at everything. The smart man realizes
this and also realizes that a lot of time and expense can be saved by
consulting an expert in the particular field he is dealing with.
Thanks, CW. I was going to say that. A architectural school chum of mine
makes his living making pretty nice cabinetry, and has nine fingers to prove
His site's at http://www.objectsandspaces.ca /
I don't have his skill, but I have a made a few simple cabinets. That makes
me a little unusual among my peers, I'll admit, but I'm tired of these kinds
of broad swipes at my profession.....What percentage of draftsmen know how
cabinetry is made?
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