We are looking to add an Architectural Drafter to our growing team.

Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders Inc. is a local family-owned business with over 70 years of experience. Van’s creates some of the area’s most exceptional custom homes and commercial spaces. We’re not just an ordinary lumberyard. Owned and operated by three generations of the VandenHouten family, we are proud to have brought Van’s to where it is today and what we stand for in the construction industry.


Job Description:

An architectural drafter with Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders will prepare drawings for residential, multi-family, and commercial construction projects. This is a highly technical role requiring extensive familiarity with design principles, computer-aided drafting technologies, and building codes to ensure that drawings are accurate and contain the necessary information for construction crews, subcontractors, and zoning departments.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Gather Requirements and Data – Early in the design and drafting process, architectural drafters gather project requirements and specifications from the sales personnel to use as a starting point. This can include information about the construction site, such as elevation, access roads, and utilities, along with project-specific information, such as the number of rooms, materials, and functional requirements for industrial or commercial projects.
  • Prepare Architectural Drawings – Working from rough drawings and specifications, drafters use computer-aided drafting (CAD) software to prepare full-scale and detail drawings. These drawings specify the project’s dimensions, including room sizes and elevations, and provide contractors and construction crews with a set of plans they can build from.
  • Update Designs – During the design and drafting process, architectural drafters update and modify designs based on new information or at the request of a salesperson. While updating drawings, the architectural drafter ensures that changes do not have unforeseen effects on other construction elements.
  • Perform Calculations and Check for Accuracy – Architectural drafters also use their familiarity with mathematical and construction principles to perform calculations and check drawings for accuracy. These calculations can include vital elements such as load-bearing beams within a structure. Architectural drafters also check other team members’ drawings for accuracy, making sure that their calculations and determinations are correct before sending the drawings to the salesperson.


Skills & Qualifications:

Architectural drafters prepare highly technical drawings which require the following skills:

  • Drafting Skills – Architectural drafters need strong technical drawing skills, along with familiarity with principles and best practices of architectural drafting and design using both hand-drawing and computers
  • Computer Skills – Strong computer skills are also a necessity in this role, not only while using computer-aided drafting programs but also when storing and transmitting drawings to construction and engineering teams
  • Collaboration – In this role, architectural drafters work closely with sales personnel to translate designs and requirements into usable drawings, so they should be effective collaborators
  • Attention to Detail – This position also requires excellent attention to detail, since architectural drafters need to ensure that their drawings are both technically correct and presented in a readable and accessible format
  • Communication Skills – Effective written and verbal communication skills are vital in this role, since architectural drafters frequently need to communicate with designers and architects to answer questions and prevent delays


Education & Training:

  • Associate degree
  • 3 – 5 years of experience
  • Computer-aided drafting (CAD) software (Softplan, AutoCAD, Revit)


Van’s Lumber offers competitive wages, excellent benefits, friendly team atmosphere, opportunity for advancement, and valuable training with experienced professionals.

Many of our employees have stayed with Van’s for the duration of their career. Discover why it’s great to work at Van’s!

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