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Mechanical Drafter

About

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Education Required

  • Vocational School
  • On-the-Job
  • Associates Degree

Salaries

Median Annual Salary: $52,260
Starting Annual Salary: $27,260
Senior Annual Salary: $86,400

common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General

What Work You'll Do

  • Compute mathematical formulas to develop and design detailed specifications for components or machinery using computer-assisted equipment.
  • Confer with customer representatives to review schematics and answer questions pertaining to installation of systems.
  • Design scale or full-size blueprints of specialty items such as furniture and automobile body or chassis components.
  • Draw freehand sketches of designs, trace finished drawings onto designated paper for the reproduction of blueprints, and reproduce working drawings on copy machines.
  • Lay out, draw, and reproduce illustrations for reference manuals and technical publications to describe operation and maintenance of mechanical systems.
  • Modify and revise designs to correct operating deficiencies or to reduce production problems.
  • Position instructions and comments onto drawings.
  • Review and analyze specifications, sketches, drawings, ideas, and related data to assess factors affecting component designs and the procedures and instructions to be followed.
  • Shade or color drawings to clarify and emphasize details and dimensions or eliminate background using ink, crayon, airbrush, and overlays.
  • Supervise and train other drafters, technologists, and technicians.

Things You Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Abilities You'll Need to Have

Major Skills:
  • Math Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Skills
Additional Skills:
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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At a Glance

Education Required

  • Vocational School
  • On-the-Job
  • Associates Degree

Salaries

Median Annual Salary:
$52,260

Starting Annual Salary:
$27,260

Senior Annual Salary:
$86,400


common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General