Oregon Labor Market Information System
Occupational Information Center
Occupational Report for Architectural and Civil Drafters (17-3011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Employment Outlook for Architectural and Civil Drafters
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable, but limited, employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the need to fill replacement openings.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Architectural and Civil Drafters There are 12 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 12 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Civil Designer/CADD DRAFTER 7/17/14 Portland
Technology Architect 6/26/14 Salem Neg.
Architecture Interns 6/23/14 Portland $10.00/hr to $15.00/hr
Architectural Drafter 6/17/14 Klamath Falls DOE
CAD Drafter - Structural Steel 6/4/14 Powell Butte DOE
Drafter 5/28/14 Portland
Drafting / AutoCAD Operator 5/19/14 Portland $16.00/hr to $21.00/hr DOE
Structural Detailers 5/15/14 Woodburn $14.00/hr to $18.00/hr
Graphic Design 4/28/14 Eugene $14.00/hr
Drafter 4/23/14 Portland $35,000/yr to $40,000/yr DOE
3D Visualization Designer 4/23/14 Portland
AutoCAD Drafter/Technician (Bend, OR) 4/1/14 Bend
Job Openings from the Web for Architectural and Civil Drafters The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 10 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 10 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
DESIGN TECHNICIAN IV 7/18/14 Portland InfoGroup Northwest Inc
CAD Designer Microstation/AutoCAD 7/17/14 Portland VanderHouwen & Associates Inc.
Structural Designer Job Number: 13233 Location: Hillsboro OR Compe... 7/17/14 Portland
Civil Designer/CADD Drafter 7/16/14 Portland Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc
Civil Designer/CADD Drafter 7/16/14 Bend Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc
Drafter 7/12/14 Portland Power Engineers
Drafter 6/30/14 Portland TJ & Associates
Architectural Intern 6/23/14 Salem CB|Two Architects LLC
STRUCTURAL DETAILERS 5/28/14 Woodburn
Drafter 5/23/14 Portland Power Engineers
State of Oregon License Information for Architectural and Civil Drafters No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Architectural and Civil Drafters
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $17.07 $20.13 $23.85 $28.79 $34.43 $24.74 $51,449
Multnomah / Washington 19.18 21.47 25.45 30.01 34.99 26.00 54,081
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 18.49 20.95 24.74 28.67 33.70 25.12 52,255
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 16.56 19.49 22.55 26.36 28.99 22.66 47,147
Lane 13.92 16.07 19.52 25.72 32.13 21.41 44,533
Jackson / Josephine 16.62 18.63 20.94 23.84 35.77 22.87 47,587
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 17.16 19.62 22.90 28.09 40.90 25.24 52,509
Clackamas 17.07 19.47 21.42 23.36 26.16 21.33 44,368
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Architectural and Civil Drafters
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,267 1,301 34 2.7% 3 17 20
Multnomah / Washington 700 718 18 2.6% 2 9 11
Clackamas 132 135 3 2.3% 0 2 2
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 97 96 -1 -1.0% 0 1 1
Lane 94 99 5 5.3% 0 1 1
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 57 60 3 5.3% 0 1 1
Jackson / Josephine 46 44 -2 -4.3% 0 1 1
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 38 37 -1 -2.6% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 23 22 -1 -4.3% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 16 15 -1 -6.2% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 10 9 -1 -10.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 9 9 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 9 9 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 9 10 1 11.1% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 4 4 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 4 5 1 25.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Architectural and Civil Drafters
Industry
Click links to view Infogroup employers
Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,267
Total All Industries Private 1,199
Construction Private 44
Construction of Buildings Private 35
Residential Building Construction Private 30
Manufacturing Private 190
Wood Product Manufacturing Private 57
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing Private 35
Other Wood Product Manufacturing Private 22
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 62
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 58
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing Private 57
Household and Institutional Furniture & Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Private 26
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing Private 31
Wholesale Trade Private 12
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 815
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services Private 786
Specialized Design Services Private 12
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services Private 17
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 114
Total All Industries Local 58
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 47
Educational Requirements for Architectural and Civil Drafters The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award.
Skills for Architectural and Civil Drafters
  • Apply Basic Engineering Principles
  • Apply Drafting And Mechanical Drawing Knowledge And Techniques
  • Apply Field Notes To Detailed Technical Drawings
  • Apply Land Surveying Techniques
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Regulations To Surveying And Construction Activities
  • Apply Structural And Safety Principles To Buildings And Other Construction Projects
  • Apply Technical Engineering Regulations
  • Draw Prototypes And Plans To Scale
  • Interpret Computerized Data And Reports
  • Interpret Maps For Architecture, Construction And Civil Engineering
  • Interpret Property Documents
  • Maintain Blueprinting Equipment
  • Prepare Maps And Charts
  • Read And Interpret Aerial Photographs
  • Read Blueprints And Technical Drawings
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Autoplant Software
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Calculus
  • Use Compass, Dividers, Protractors And Triangles To Draw Manually
  • Use Computer Aided Drafting Software
  • Use Computers For Design, Drafting, Modeling And Other Engineering Tasks
  • Use Construction Industry Codes And Symbols On Blueprints
  • Use Design And Graphics Principles In Civil Technology And Mapmaking
  • Use Drafting Techniques
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Trigonometry
  • Visualize Spatial Relationships In Construction And Mapping
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Architectural and Civil Drafters The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
ITT Technical Institute-Portland
9500 NE Cascades Parkway
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: (503) 255-6500
Programs of Training:
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Clatsop Community College
1653 Jerome Ave
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-0910
Programs of Training:
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Beyond Limitations Career School
3829 SE 74th Ave
Portland, OR 97206-2437
Phone: (503) 261-1266
Programs of Training:
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: (541) 276-1260
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Architectural and Civil Drafters These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Central Oregon Community College
Chemeketa Community College
Lane Community College
Rogue Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Architectural and Civil Drafters matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Drafters, All Other 74%
Civil Engineering Technicians 56%
Electrical And Electronics Drafters 46%
Mechanical Drafters 45%
Surveying And Mapping Technicians 41%
Landscape Architects 36%
Architects, Except Landscape And Naval 35%
Civil Engineers 32%