2017 Drafters
Median Pay: US$52,720
Entry Level: Associate's degree
Summary
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.
Duties

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.

Mid-Level Mechanical Designer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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DESIGNER A-PRINT CIR

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Engineering Internship (#0013-2019 WY)

Type: Internship
Engineering Intern will work side by side with Drafters and Engineers to gain experience in a mechanical design environment within a manufacturing facility. The successful candidate will use Autodesk Inventor (3D CAD) extensively during the internship.Duties and ResponsibilitiesUpdate existing...
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Project Technician AutoCAD Drafter

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job DescriptionSummary of Position:The Project Technician / Drafters will produce AutoCAD drawings to illustrate the safe and proper use of Doka's concrete formwork and shoring systems for contractors. He/she provides design and technical assistance from the preliminary stage of a project...
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Project Technician AutoCAD Drafter

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
BeschäftigungsfeldSummary of Position:The Project Technician / Drafters will produce AutoCAD drawings to illustrate the safe and proper use of Doka's concrete formwork and shoring systems for contractors. He/she provides design and technical assistance from the preliminary stage of a project...
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Sumner, WA

Mechanical Engineer Intern - Kiewit Engineering

Type: Internship
Requisition ID: 79141Primary ResponsibilitiesAssist in the design of mechanical piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs) 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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Structural Engineer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We...
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Greenville, SC

Sr. Lead Piping Designer

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
The Piping Designer accomplishes results through teaming with lower-level experienced exempt employees. Develops solutions to problems of unusual complexity that require a high degree of innovation and ingenuity. May lead a section or group of designers/drafters, usually on a single project in a...
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Houston, TX

3-D BIM Design Intern (Buildings)

Type: Internship
3D-BIM Design Intern - Available 2019Start Here, Go Anywhere! Are you looking for an opportunity to shape a better world?During your internship at Arup, you'll have the chance to work with some of the most highly respected engineers and specialists in the world. You'll also get the...
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San Francisco, CA

3D-BIM Design Intern (Infrastructure)

Type: Internship
3D-BIM Design Intern (Infrastructure) - Available 2019Start Here, Go Anywhere! Are you looking for an opportunity to shape a better world?During your internship at Arup, you'll have the chance to work with some of the most highly respected engineers and specialists in the world. You'll...
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San Francisco, CA

2019 Summer Intern: Engineering

Type: Internship
OverviewThis is a paid internship role to assist Elliott engineers at our global headquarters location in Jeannette, PA. You will receive hands-on engineering experience in the rotating equipment industry in one or more of the following areas: manufacturing, design, application, project, industrial...
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2019 Summer Intern: Business Support (Business, Finance, HR, Legal, EHS, Quality, etc.)

Type: Internship
OverviewThis is a paid internship role to assist Elliott professionals in a variety of business support functions at our global headquarters in Jeannette, PA. Successful interns will use their education and initiative to solve real-world problems and make a substantial contribution to their teams....
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Physical Therapist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Job Expectations:For the right candidate, this position offers the opportunity for significant professional growth and the potential to collaborate with local and national teams. In this role, your responsibilities will include electrical and I&C conceptual through detailed design development,...
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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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AutoCAD/Drafters

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Columbia, SC