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- Subject: designers
- From: "Andrew Kester" <akester(--nospam--at)bbma.com>
- Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 09:10:02 -0400
At my old A & E company the terms used
for draftsmen (we use CAD Tech at my new office, which I prefer) were often
confusing. That was in part because like someone else said, architects out of
school call themselves architectural designers. I have heard to use the term
"Architect" implies AIA certification and that is why they did not use that term
(illegal), they had to throw in "designer". They do not have the same EI type
designation that we have.
Anyway, if you are looking for a
draftmen, I have found CAD Techs with a 2 year degree to be fine, and
without that the experience is what matters. I don't know if our best CAD Techs
have degrees but it does not matter. They know Autocad and they know how a
building is put together, that is what is important. If someone with 15 years of
experience sent me their resume versus 2 year degree and no experience guess who
I am going with?
If the architects in your office want to
hire a young architect to help both departments in CAD and also groom them to
become an architect, then you need an architectural degree. I guess talk amongst
yourselves and find out what you really want and need.
Side note, I hate the term "designer"
anyway, because in today's society it goes thrown around a lot. It could be the
guy at home depot that helps me pick out cabinets or a licensed interior
designer. Everyone now is a designer of some type, could be of a porno page for
all I know.
My 2 pesos...
Andrew Kester, PE