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I've observed another odd trend here in Little Rock:

Some, though not all, "experienced" drafters I've seen hired were worse than
the "green" drafters we got straight out of technical school.  I'm saddened
especially by one particular guy we hired who clearly had talent, but wouldn't
do the work.  We hired two "green" guys shortly after we fired him, and got
more than twice the output, despite having to teach them structural drafting in
multiple materials.

My theory on this is that drafters who are of poor quality bounce from job to
job, sometimes with recommendations, and never improve.  Whereas you can
occasionally get good help straight out of technical school because those folks
are motivated to improve their skills and become part of your "team".

Certainly good drafters are out there, but if they have good jobs, why would
they want to change jobs?  It took an office and a cushy salary to get me to
move this last time; I'm of the opinion a good drafter is worth more than me.

-Keith Fix, PE
-Little Rock, AR

--- Gerard Madden <gmadden(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> Is it just me, or is there a shortage of even 1/4 decent drafters out there.
> I have been interviewing people for the a couple of the places I have worked
> and I have been severely disappointed at the capabilities of most
> applicants.
> I even went as far to create a cad test. I was able to complete the test in
> 45 minutes (re-create a hand drafted steel detail into autocad). I realize
> that since I created the test, I understand the drawing, and I have a
> structural background, that I will be faster than the typical test taker.
> But I am having people spend over 3 hours trying to draft what I consider a
> typical detail in a structural office and then I still find a ton of
> mistakes (improper scale, missing information, wrong linetypes...)
> Is everyone out there just starting from scratch with drafters, taking the
> time to train and develop their skills, or are you capable of finding people
> with experience? We advertised 2 year exp in structural, 20 25 bucks an
> hour. I thought that was reasonable for that amount of experience. I had one
> lady today ask for 35 an hour and I had to ask her to leave after 3 1/2
> hours because she was too slow. These are the issues I now have fun dealing
> with in my "Management" position.
> Frustrated in San Jose,
> -gerard
> Gerard Madden, PE
> Design Group Manager
> Duquette Engineering
> 10 South Third Street
> San Jose, CA 95113
> T: 408.494.0944 - ext 102
> F: 408.494.0940
> E: gmadden(--nospam--at)
> w:

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