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Computer Aided Drafting and Design

What is it?

A CAD drafter, also known as a computer-aided design (CAD) drafter, is a technician who utilizes specialized software to create technical drawings used in various industries, such as:

  • Architecture: Generating blueprints for buildings, including floor plans, elevations, and sections.
  • Civil engineering: Creating plans for roads, bridges, dams, and other infrastructure projects.
  • Mechanical engineering: Drafting designs for machinery, tools, and other mechanical components.
  • Manufacturing: Developing production drawings for products, including specifications for materials, dimensions, and tolerances.

Here are some of the key responsibilities of a CAD drafter:

They transform initial ideas and rough drafts created by engineers, architects, or designers into detailed and precise technical drawings using CAD software.

The drawings need to be accurate and meet specific industry standards and engineering principles to ensure the functionality and safety of the final product or structure.

They incorporate essential details like dimensions, materials, tolerances, and assembly instructions into the drawings.

They work closely with engineers, architects, and other stakeholders to understand project requirements, address technical issues, and ensure the drawings meet everyone’s expectations.

The field constantly evolves, so continuously learning and adapting to new software and technologies is crucial.

* Salary Range

$46,400 - $74,200

(entry level – experienced)

* Regional Jobs Available

237

(3 year forecast)

Length of Training

14 weeks

Type of Training

Online (self-paced)

Is it Right For You?

Here are some essential skills and qualities for a successful CAD drafter:

  • Proficiency in CAD software: Mastering software like AutoCAD, Revit, or SolidWorks is essential for creating accurate and efficient drawings.
  • Strong understanding of drafting principles: Knowledge of drafting conventions, symbols, and technical drawing standards is necessary.
  • Attention to detail: A meticulous mindset is crucial for ensuring accuracy in measurements, calculations, and overall drawing representation.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills: Effectively communicating with engineers, architects, and other professionals is vital for understanding project requirements and ensuring collaboration throughout the design process.
  • Problem-solving skills: Identifying and resolving issues that arise during the drafting process is essential.
  • Visual and spatial reasoning skills: The ability to visualize 3D objects from 2D drawings and understand spatial relationships is necessary.

Overall, a CAD drafter plays a vital role in translating ideas and concepts into technical drawings, serving as the bridge between design and manufacturing or construction.

* Pay Range Data: Occupational Employment Wages Statistics (OEWS). 2023-Q3.
* Demand: Forecast data is based off national projections provided by the BoLS and adapted for regional growth patterns by Chmura.