Originally Posted by Sufferinsuccotash
A draftsperson use to only need 1 year of technical training which consisted mostly of manual drafting courses. Nowadays, drafting is of course computerized and is mostly performed by technologists requiring a minimum of 2 years study and possessing a much more diverse and technical skill level.
Technologists are often hired to work with Engineers and/or Architects of larger companies or Engineering firms working on larger projects which require stamped engineered drawings. However, if you walk into any small to mid-size company with an engineering department, you won't likely find an Engineer or Architect on the payroll. They simply can't afford one. Instead, it will be ran mostly by technologists including the head of the department, senior and junior level draftspersons, and senior and junior level estimators.
Even companies that design and build residential housing can rarely afford to hire an Engineer or Architect unless they are building very up-scale custom homes, and even then they will often just pay a firm to stamp the design drawings drawn by an architectural technologist.
What country is this? I have never heard of a technologist before...
Well our company is a consulting engineering company with about 60 engineers and 50 draftsmen. So your case is very different.
In Australia, draftsmen must do a 2 year full time course at TAFE (I dont know what this is equivalent to in America). Our company lets our apprentice draftsmen do either a civil course or a structural course at TAFE which is purely up to the apprentice. It teaches us how to design.
It teaches us about foundations, stormwater design, force systems. When you finish the certificate you recieve is a Diploma of Structural Engineering. This can be used to enter University to do a Bachelors degree.
I left school with an ATAR of 97 and did Engineering at University for 2 years and hated it. SO I dropped out and became a draftsmen. And I love it.