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    Many colleges have standardize on AutoDesk products. The two most popular are plain-o-vanilla AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop.

    I agree with pennylove; field experience is a definite plus.
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    I'm now a full member of the Society for the Promotion of Mediocrity in CAD. Standards? We don't need no stinkin' standards! Take whatever advice I offer and do the opposite.

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    I've followed this thread, because I was curious myself what people thought was required to become an architectural drafter. Here, in small minded Mississippi, my 2 year drafting degree makes me fully qualified to draw up full sets of house plans. I'm not saying that that degree will let me draw good house plans, but there are no laws against it it. Around here, actual architects very rarely draw house plans, they tend to stick to commercial building.
    I know that the architecture school here follows what Pennylove was describing. It's part of the Art department, you use a software called ArchiCAD, but not until your 3rd year and it's five years of mostly drawing pretty pictures.

    -Crom

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    I got my start as a drafter by getting a job for a company that didn't need a full time drafter and didn't need a full time IT person. I was able to help them with there IT stuff and while I did that I got on the job training with AutoCAD, drawing mobile filing systems. After a few years of that I moved over to drawing cubicle layouts for a furniture dealer. At that point I had been using CAD for about 6 years so I started looking for work drafting for an architect. I got a job where I worked on nothing but red-lines and now I work for a big A & E firm where I have been the project lead on a 130 sheet drawing set. I think the key is to find your in, use all the tools that are available to you, never pass up an opportunity to learn some thing, and always work as hard as you can.

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    I live in Northern California and I have been an architectural draftsman for the past 22 years now. Because California has to design for earthquake and wind shear we are always in the CBC (California
    Building Codes and U.L. (underwriters laboratories) fire codes to name a few. All of the firms I've worked for design and build Schools so we are subject to submitting Project Plans to the state
    Architects office (DSA) for review and approval where they are reviewed by Structural, Access and Compliance and Fire life safety. The Code books get updated every 2 years so there are always changes
    In Design and Engineering. I started in built on site buildings but for the past 15 years i have worked In the Modular building sector. Our buildings are structural Steel frames with wood or metal stud
    infill (walls and some ceilings) The only drafting we sub out is for fire sprinkler. My job has been a very rewarding field as no 2 jobs are alike and your always learning something new.

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    I think after close to 11 years and only 31 posts the OP decided to do something else in life.
    I've just been down graded from 2012LT to full Autocad 2017. I WANT LT BACK

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    Thanks Steven I should have looked at the dates.

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    . I think we have all done it. Usually more than once.
    I've just been down graded from 2012LT to full Autocad 2017. I WANT LT BACK

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