Professional Drafter Skills, Jobs and Career Outlook.

Who is a Drafter – A drafter makes drawings and plans, for homes, large buildings, hotels, skyscrapers, schools, facilities, monumental architecture, toys and other machinery (can be miniaturized). A drafter literally converts ideas from someone’s imagination to actual models with absolute precision and accuracy, that can be uploaded to any CADD software for immediate analysis and translation to live working prototypes which are a miniature version of the actual lifesize model. As a drafter you could have training in creating live blueprints and technical drawings, which will be raw concepts translations – & only possible if you have a very good eye hand coordination.

Definition – A person who drafts plans or designs or a person who composes a document.

Educational Requirements: * Strong in math, science, computer, art and design skill.
* Drafters can be certified (in US – from “American Design Drafting Association”)

Skills Needed: * Good thinking ability and able to work in a group.
* Can be an individual thinker.
* Need not have collective thought.
* Knowledge of CADD is good.
* Could have held position of Tracer or Checker.
* Should be able to use: pencils, pens, protractors, compasses, scale ruler(s), curves, lettering guides and
electric erasers.

Job & Career Outlook: Most ‘drafters’ start as tracers and then advance to become junior drafters. Drafters who use CADD systems use computer all day. Drafters may have to visit construction sites to get firsthand information (if the work area is architecture or civil work site).

Salary levels & Ranges: $25,000 (Jr Drafter or Tracer) to $43,000 (Tracer with experience) to $82,000 (sr. drafter).

Notes: Checkers – Examine or Scrutinize drawings to check for errors in computing or in recording dimensions
and specifications.
Drafters – May specialize in: Structural (Civil), Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic (large & minitiarized),
Aeronautical, or architectural.

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