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Become An Autocad Drafter

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Working As An Autocad Drafter

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $53,520

    Average Salary

What Does An Autocad Drafter Do

An Autocad Drafter develops drawings and plans for the construction and manufacturing industries. They use various types of computer-aided design and drafting software.

How To Become An Autocad Drafter

Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting.


Drafters generally need to complete postsecondary education in drafting. This is typically done through a 2-year associate’s degree from a technical institute or community college.

Technical institutes offer instruction in design fundamentals, sketching, and CAD (computer-aided design) software and award certificates or diplomas upon completion. Programs vary in length but are generally 2 years of full-time education. The types of courses offered will also vary by institution. Some institutions may specialize in only one type of drafting, such as mechanical or architectural drafting.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes that lead to an associate of applied science in drafting or related degree. After completing an associate’s degree program, graduates may get jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a 4-year college. Most 4-year colleges do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics.

To prepare for postsecondary education, high school students who take courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and where available, drafting, may find such classes useful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) offers certification for drafters. Although not mandatory, certification demonstrates competence and knowledge of nationally recognized practices. Certifications are offered for several specialties, including architectural, civil, and mechanical drafting.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Drafters must be able to turn plans and ideas into technical drawings that will guide the creation of real buildings, tools, and systems.

Detail oriented. Drafters must pay close attention to details so that the plans they convert are technically accurate according to the outlined specifications.

Interpersonal skills. Drafters work closely with architects, engineers, and other designers to make sure that final plans are accurate. This requires the ability to take advice and constructive criticism, as well as to offer it.

Math skills. Drafters work on technical drawings. They may be required to solve mathematical calculations involving factors such as angles, weights, and costs.

Technical skills. Drafters in all specialties must be able to use computer software, such as CAD, and work with database tools, such as BIM (building information modeling).

Time-management skills. Drafters often work under strict deadlines. As a result, they must work efficiently in order to produce the required output according to set schedules.

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Top Skills for An Autocad Drafter


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Top Autocad Drafter Skills

  1. Equipment Layout
  2. Auto CAD
  3. Architectural Floor Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared/reviewed Mechanical drawings, equipment layouts & Plan layout per project specification, codes and standards.
  • Design products for customers in the oilfield industry with Auto Cad.
  • Create architectural floor plans and elevations of renovations and new projects involving mostly schools, hospitals and churches.
  • Created As-built drawings, AC, Inverters, Utility line, transmission lines, landscaping, piping, sewer.
  • Revised and created Piping, HVAC, Structural & Electrical systems designs & drawing's in building's.

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Autocad Drafter Videos

AutoCAD 2013 - 2D Drafting Basics - Part 1 - The User Interface - Brooke Godfrey

Designer/Draftsman, Career Video from drkit.org

Designer/Draftsman, Career Video from drkit.org