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Drafters are responsible for drawing plans used in the construction of buildings, computers, engines, or virtually anything. It will be up to you to decide what type of drafter you want to be. Some of the options are: architectural drafters, engineering drafters, civil drafters, electrical drafters, and there are many more. Drafters can work for construction companies, industrial companies, or any organization that requires that use of drafters. They can also be a contractor (self-employed).  


Most employers will require completion of post-secondary training as a drafter. This education is typically offered through community colleges, universities, and technical schools. 

While some employers may not require that you are certified, the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) does offer a certification program.

Previous Experience

Previous experience working as a drafter is preferred. Some employers may require that you have knowledge of certain types of programs. If this is the case, they will specify this requirement in their job advertisements. If you have the required education and skills, it is strongly encouraged that you apply anyways– everybody has to start somewhere!

Job Duties

  • Draft or draw up blueprints of specific objects or structures as requested by your employer using initial sketches, calculations, or other data given.
  • Use computer programs (e.g., Computer-assisted design (CAD) programs) to aid in the development of these drawings.
  • Ensure that the blueprints accurately match up with specifications and calculations given.
  • Consult with co-workers (e.g., other drafters, engineers) regarding the blueprints.
  • Use small handheld tools such as pencils, rulers/scales, compasses, protractors.
  • Your employer may ask you to carry out additional duties than those listed here.

What’s Your Scene?

This job requires that you are able to work ‘Out of the Scene.’  If you are working as a drafter, you may not be working with the public on a regular basis, although you may be working near customers.   You may be required to speak with and interact with co-workers as well as your supervisor.

Skills / Abilities

Knowledge of Drafting Tools and Related Equipment– You will need to know how to draw precise and accurate structural drawings of the objects you are commissioned to draw.

Computer Knowledge - You will need to have knowledge of computer usage and knowledge of very specific computer drafting programs.

Attention to Detail - It is important that you are able to be accurate and precise for this job, as you are responsible for drawing up minute details and components of objects (including large structures).

Reading Comprehension - Demonstrated ability to read, and follow written instructions and ideas.

Oral Comprehension - Demonstrated ability to understand and follow verbal instructions and ideas.

Oral Expression - You will be required to speak clearly and effectively to explain your drawings to your co-workers or supervisor.

Organization and Prioritization - This job requires the ability to clearly organize and categorize work priorities to complete your work.

Manual Dexterity - This job requires the repeated and coordinated use of your hands, wrists, and fingers to use drafting tools and computer equipment  (e.g., pencils, pens, computer drafting programs).

Environmental Demands

Location - A drafter typically works indoors in an office environment.

Noise Level The noise level will usually be quiet if you are working in an office environment.

Work Hours - This job may have fulltime hours (40 hours per week).

Lighting Level - The lighting level will typically be florescent lighting or natural lighting. Many drafters have a drafting table with a table lamp.

Amount of Movement - This job typically requires that you sit for long periods of time. It also requires that you work long hours at a computer keyboard, therefore you will need to have good fine motor skills.

Cleanliness and Odors - This job setting is typically quite clean, although it may be dependent on how well you maintain the cleanliness of your office or cubicle.

Work Attire Work attire will typically be business casual clothing as you will be working in an office environment.

Structure and Predictability This job will typically have a moderate degree of predictability and structure.  This means that you might not do the same tasks each day, and these tasks might be completed in a different order each day.  Sometimes, you will not always know ahead of time how long each task will take to complete.  You might not work in the same areas or location each day, or even interact with the same people each day. 

What's the Pace?

    • Steady:  In most cases, the work pace will be steady, which means that you will always have some work to do.  When the work pace is steady, you are working at a level “5” on a scale of “1” (nothing to do) to “10” (extremely busy, rushed pace).

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