What are the key skills of a draftsperson?

Posted by Design & Construct on 22 Apr 2015, 01:25:59

In Architecture


Analysing the sketches and designs produced by an architect is no easy task, but for a master draftsperson, it's all part and parcel of the role.

For an infrastructure project to get from the drawing board to the site, a draftsperson is tasked with creating working drawings such as floor plans and elevation information to ensure the project is achievable and done safely.

Due to the improving Australian construction industry, draftsperson recruitment is red hot with businesses wanting to make the most of the current boom. With this in mind though, what should businesses be looking for in a draftsperson?

1) Relevant software skills

The role that a draftsperson plays in the architecture industry is highly specialised and candidates need to be able to work with a number of different pieces of software. This includes REVIT, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, Vectorworks and Microstation.

At Design & Construct, our expert team of consultants understand the importance of skills in this area. As such, any candidates that we present to a client will be well versed in the above software. We are also across changes in the industry and amend our recruitment standards appropriately.

2) Legal knowledge

Taking the design work from an architect and turning it into something that can be built is one of the main responsibilities of a draftsperson. However, these working drawings need to meet different pieces of state and federal legislation such as the Australian Building Code, the Building Act, local by-laws and town planning regulations.

Meeting these regulations is a key step from the drawing phrase to the start of construction. This means that a draftsperson needs to understand the rules and apply them to their everyday work.

3) Co-ordination and teamwork

Given the amount of time and effort that goes into any piece of infrastructure, getting through the design stage as quickly as possible is vital. With the demands of time pressure, a draftsperson needs to co-ordinate with other building professionals, clients and stakeholders in a positive manner.

At Design & Construct, our recruitment process looks at this quality in detail. Often when a draftsperson works efficiently with others, the whole project progresses in good time. As such, there should be plenty of referees who are willing to endorse their skills and past success.

For more information about architectural recruitment and what we can offer your business, contact the expert team at Design & Construct today.

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