2017 Drafters
Median Pay: US$52,720
Entry Level: Associate's degree
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Drafters typically do the following:

  • Design plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Work from rough sketches and specifications created by engineers and architects
  • Design products with engineering and manufacturing techniques
  • Add details to architectural plans from their knowledge of building techniques
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new products
  • Work under the supervision of engineers or architects

Many drafters are referred to as CAD operators. Using CAD systems, drafters create and store technical drawings digitally. These drawings contain information on how to build a structure or machine, the dimensions of the project, and what materials are needed to complete the project.

Drafters work with CAD so they can create schematics that can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into building information modeling (BIM) systems. These systems allow drafters, architects, construction managers, and engineers to create and collaborate on digital models of physical buildings and machines. Through three-dimensional rendering, BIM software allows designers and engineers to see how different elements in their projects work together.

Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings for construction projects. These workers may specialize in a type of building, such as residential or commercial. They may also specialize by the materials used, such as steel, wood, or reinforced concrete.

Civil drafters prepare topographical maps used in construction and civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and flood-control projects.

Electrical drafters prepare wiring diagrams that other construction workers use to install and repair electrical equipment and wiring in power plants, electrical distribution systems, and residential and commercial buildings.

Electronics drafters produce wiring diagrams, assembly diagrams for circuit boards, and layout drawings used in manufacturing and in installing and repairing electronic devices and components.

Mechanical drafters prepare layouts that show the details for a wide variety of machinery and mechanical tools and devices, such as medical equipment. These layouts indicate dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements needed for assembly. Mechanical drafters sometimes create production molds.

Design Engineer - Traffic/Transporation

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our MW Infrastructure group is looking to hire a Design Engineer on our Transporation/Traffic team! This position is a great role for an engineer (EIT) looking to gain more experience and learn from an innovative, growing, engineering team in Michigan. NEW COLLEGE GRADS WELCOME! This can be located...
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Lansing, MI

Design Engineer - Site Design

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Midwest Buildings team is looking to hire a Design Engineer for our Site Design group! This position can be located in either Lansing, Grand Rapids or Detroit, Michigan! Experience with AutoDesk Civil 3D is required. New Grads Welcome!Purpose of Position:To apply engineering fundamentals...
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Grand Rapids, MI

Design Engineer - Highway/Roadway

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Midwest region is looking to hire a Design Engineer(s) on our Highway Team! This position is a great role for an engineer (EIT) looking to gain more experience and learn from an innovative, growing, engineering team in Michigan/Ohio! NEW COLLEGE GRADS WELCOME! There are several locations these...
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Grand Rapids, MI

Project Management - INTERN/Co-Op

Type: Internship
JOB SUMMARY:Project Management Co-Op is an entry level position. Co-Op's are responsible for creating manufacturing and/or Installation drawings and documentation for basic mechanical parts and assemblies. Employees occupying this position will work in the engineering office under the...
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Mid-Level Mechanical Designer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Requisition ID: 69564Primary Responsibilities:Draft sketches, piping and instrument diagrams, or model 3D equipment items for power plant systems including steam cycle systems, boiler feed and condensate, water treatment, fuel handling, hydraulic, heat transfer systems, conveying systems, and air...
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Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job Title: AutoCAD/DraftersPay : starting at $15.00-$20.00/hourDuties:Create AutoCAD drawing of locker room floor plans and elevationsDraftsman s responsibility is to properly size products/details given the drawings received from architects. I.E. We don t need a locker room designer.Create and...
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Columbia, SC