To get my certificate in draftsmanship, there is something I had to go through. We have practical courses on construction sites to learn about the things we actually draw. Ever seen a technical blueprint of a building? It has quite a lot of lines and symbols in it. All those lines have their own meaning.
WHY A PRACTICAL COURSE ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE?
My job involves the art of creating technical blueprints for the professional workers who run the construction site. We draw blueprints for plumbers, bricklayers, painters, woodworkers, engineers, architects and much more. Everyone needs to be able to understand what exactly we put on paper.
The blueprint above displays the air vents running through an apartment building. This particular plan was designed just for the guys installing the vents. There are a lot more of professions who all need their very own blueprints. You see where I’m going with this? We need to know a lot of stuff that is happening on the construction site. Not in our offices.
“We need to know what is happening on the construction site, not just in the office.”
And if you think we just walked awkwardly around the site with our little drawing boards, you’re wrong. We needed to put our hands to work to understand how hard it was to create what we easily draw with our computers.
Let’s just say that I now know, why I work in an office, comfortably behind my computer. You might not know me, but I am clumsy as hell. This is probably one of the main reasons for me to be perfectly happy with my office job.
The picture above is displaying my small sketch book and some reference papers. The exercise was to draw what we previously saw on the construction site, on a technical level. And I love to draw in 3-dimensional spaces. My mind can work through the materials way better like this. The thing you see in my book is an outer wall and its components.
“The sketch book helps us to reflect what we saw. It is part of our education.”
The other part of work was way more exhausting. It wasn’t as though as I expected it to be, but we as draftspeople probably didn’t do the really hard work, we left this to the professionals.
I think what personally fascinated me the most was the work with the tower crane. The crane operator needed to be incredibly precise with the huge chains. One wrong move or too much momentum and he might’ve knocked someone out. The work with the crane should really not be underestimated. But all the workers and especially the driver were extremely well trained.
It might not appear like this, but everyone interacting with the crane needs to be extremely cautious. We weren’t allowed to stay too close in case something might go wrong.
“Always be cautious while working with a crane.”
We did a lot more than that. We fixed the steel within concrete walls, we helped to lay bricks, measuring the site for no mistakes, and much more.
But there was one work, I almost lost my mind. Working with plaster really frustrated me. It looked so simple, yet it was way more difficult than it looked like. I think almost every worker heard me curse through the whole house. But working with friends lifted my spirit as well. Although it was quite a frustrating job to do, we had a blast.
But we also had the opportunity to talk to a lot of professionals. And they told us openly what the issues were they had with the people who work in the office.
PART OF MY EDUCATION
No matter if I like these practical courses or not, they are part of the path I’m willing to take. It was a tough week but I’ve learned a lot from people who actually work on the other side. And to be honest, I am glad that our school offers the opportunity to look into the professions we tightly work with.