Your job could include
- create 3D models of buildings and structures using modelling software
- surveying and measuring sites
- making detailed drawings of planned structures using computer-aided design (CAD) software
- preparing plans for construction, including costings and timetables
- writing detailed building-assembly or process instructions and specifications
- checking work done by contractors and reporting on progress
- reporting and discussing problems with engineers
- liaising with clients, contractors and subcontractors, and members of the public.
Average salary range
- Structural Drafter 1-5 years’ experience $50,000 - $70,000 once qualified
- Senior Structural Drafter $80,000 +
- Senior REVIT Designer $90,000 - $120,000
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Bobby Mahara – Structural Drafter Cadet
What does the job involve?
My work is split between studying part time to complete my New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (Civil) and working part time at Aurecon. My job involves using software programmes like REVIT, to show clients what their building will look like when work is completed. The role changes quickly as technology changes, moving from 2D to 3D modelling.
What do you love most about the job?
I find it fascinating the new technology that is coming in. I do a lot of 3D modelling in my job; I'm always learning. I also really like the people in our office, I like the diversity and learning about different cultures. It’s given me the opportunity to provide for my family, to give back to the people I love.
I went straight from Year 12 to an Aurecon Structural Drafter cadetship through Waikato Tainui. After working for six months I started a bridging course as a pre-requisite to enter the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering at MIT. I currently split my week around 50/50 between studying and working. That means I’m learning on the job and working with mentors and more experienced drafters. I also attend training related to software packages or online tools that support my work.
Bobby has a pathway to develop his skills as a drafter and continue to enhance his grasp of the programmes he works with. He will finish his qualification in two years and will eventually become a senior drafter, with knowledge of a wider range of software packages. The future will involve a lot more work in the digital space – change is happening quickly and the possibilities are endless.
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