Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 3150


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Salary Range 16 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887


The ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER 1 prepares construction drawings and specifications, or parts thereof, from notes, sketches, and measurements provided by agency architects, engineers, or project participants to be used in the construction, alteration, and maintenance of State facilities. Duties are usually performed in a normal work setting.


This is the first level of a two-level series. This class is distinguished from the higher level by, (1) work assignments which are more clearly defined with most technical information provided by others, (2) limited contact outside the work unit, and (3) the close supervision and review during preparation and upon completion of construction drawings.


  1. Architectural Drafting. Typical tasks: prepares construction drawings for new buildings, or for the repair or alteration of existing facilities, using notes, sketches, and measurements provided by agency architects, engineers, or others; uses mechanical drafting equipment to draw floor plans, site plans, elevations, and section details; incorporates electrical and mechanical requirements of the project into structural plan; traces, transcribes, and updates plans for permanent storage and future reference; may use Computer Aided Design (CAD) system to prepare plans.
  2. Preparation of Specifications, Material Schedules, and Estimates. Typical tasks: writes detailed specifications from information provided by others which specify materials to be used in construction, including structural members (e.g., joists, studs, rafters) and cover and finish materials (e.g., sheathing, siding, roofing, floor covering); itemizes materials and computes an estimate of their cost; uses various reference sources to determine labor costs and estimates the total cost for the job.
  3. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: updates, records, revises, and maintains site maps and plans of buildings within an agency or institution as permanent records of new construction and alterations; orders and prepares blueprints; orders and maintains inventory of drafting supplies; may assist in field surveys by positioning various measuring devices around a job site.


Employees in this class have limited contact outside the immediate work unit. They occasionally contact material vendors to obtain technical information about construction products. Employees may be contacted by contractors at various stages of a project to clarify parts of their drawings or specifications. They may occasionally contact local building officials for information about building codes.


Employees in this class work under close supervision of an agency architect, engineer, or project manager who reviews drawings and specifications during various stages of the design process for neatness and technical accuracy. Guidelines used by employees in this class include Federal, State, and local building codes; nationally recognized drafting standards; State and agency rules and procedures; vendor materials catalogues; estimating guides; and structural manuals.


Positions are found in central and remote locations throughout State government (e.g., general government agencies, human or natural resource agencies, correctional, mental health, or higher education institutions, hospitals, etc.). They require the willingness to work within the environment associated with the position's location.


  • Basic knowledge of the practices and techniques of architectural drafting for construction purposes.
  • Basic knowledge of building construction methods and practices, including the integration of structural, electrical, and mechanical systems.
  • Basic knowledge of construction materials and their uses.
  • Basic knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and civil drafting practices.
  • Skill in preparing neat and accurate architectural drawings.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and exchange information orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read and incorporate plans and sketches of others into architectural drawings.
  • Ability to prepare complete material lists and specifications for construction projects.
  • Ability to learn Federal, State, and local building codes and regulations.
  • Ability to estimate labor and material costs for construction projects.
  • Ability to learn CAD software and hardware applications.


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