Use your skills to prepare drawings and plans, and liaise with builders and contractors to complete the architectural concept.

Architectural draftspersons:

  • prepare architectural drawings for development and construction applications, showing internal and external layouts of buildings
  • analyse architects' and building designers' concepts, and prepare preliminary sketches and detailed drawings
  • use computers or manually produce designs, detailed drawings and documentation
  • prepare working drawings showing site layouts, floor plans, elevations, sections, materials and finishes, as well as other aspects such as joinery detailing, construction details, lighting layouts, plumbing, drainage, car parking and landscaping
  • calculate the quantity and quality of materials needed, material and labour costs and project completion dates
  • prepare building specifications for building documentation to suit individual clients and tendering purposes
  • represent or assist architects or building designers on building sites to make sure that plans and specifications are followed
  • liaise with local government organisations
  • examine relevant codes and by-laws in the course of undertaking project documentation
As an architectural technician or draftsperson, you would most likely be employed by architects, building designers and planners in private practice or in various departments of state, territory and federal governments.
Firms of consulting engineers, building companies and manufacturers of building materials and components also offer opportunities. You may also find opportunities for self-employment as a contractor.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


Disclaimer: This page provides study pathway and career options as a guide only. You should contact the Admissions Centre, International Centre or relevant Faculties for full details.

Study pathways

The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.

  1. Undergraduate

  2. These courses are required to pursue this career.

  3. Postgraduate

    Postgraduate study is not required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.

    Relevant postgraduate courses include: