In a typical work setting, drafters:
- Communicate with others on a daily basis by telephone, e-mail, and in person. They also write letters and memos, but less often.
- Have a medium level of job-required social interaction. Drafters work with customers and coworkers.
- Usually work as part of a team of drafters and architects.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by the drafters they supervise.
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- May on occasion be placed in conflict situations.
Physical Work Conditions
- Almost always work indoors. May occasionally work outdoors to take measurements for buildings or utility systems.
- May occasionally work in noisy environments.
- Work near others, such as when sharing office space.
- Must be sure jobs are done accurately and thoroughly. Errors could seriously endanger the users of structures or products.
- Work in a somewhat competitive atmosphere where they must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.
- Make decisions that affect clients on a weekly or monthly basis. They usually consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Set some of their daily tasks and goals, but usually speak to a supervisor first.
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- Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
- May work more than 40 hours a week to meet deadlines.
- May travel to clients' offices or to buildings similar to those they will draw.
- Generally work a set schedule.