A Career in Drafting

No matter how bad the economy gets, there is always a need for drafters. Drafters are the ones who create technical construction drawings from information given to them by professionals like architects, engineers, designers, and surveyors. Drafters create drawings and plans on a drafting board or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program. These drawings are then used by craftsmen to build various projects or products.

A drafting board is a piece of furniture that has a flat top and can be set at different angles so the drafter can reach the entire piece of paper to draw.

A CAD or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program is basically a drafting board in a computer program.

There are multiple needs for drafters in various fields. Below are a few of the fields drafters are needed in:

Architecture:

Architectural drafters prepare drawings of buildings, and houses. From sketches, the drafter builds sets of plans that include floor plans, exterior elevations, foundation or basement plans, and sectional details.

Engineering and Civil:

These drafters prepare drawings for roadways, structural drawings for large commercial buildings, topographical surveys, steel fabrication drawings, etc.

Survey:

Survey drafters work for surveyors laying out land boundaries, topography, building and structure locations, etc. A licensed surveyor will "shoot" angular and vertical data of a piece of property that is then compiled and interpreted into a map of a piece of real estate by the drafter.

Industrial:

These drappers are used in manufacturing plant layout, product illustration and cut sheet drawings, assembly drawings, etc.