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Become A Computer Aided Drafter

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Working As A Computer Aided 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

  • $40,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Aided Drafter Do At Construction Specialties, Inc.

* Analyze blueprints and other documentation (Architectural and Interior Design construction documents/drawings, along with Specifications) to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
* Using contract documents (blueprints) to create proper installation/placement drawings for the installation of entrance flooring mats/grids in new construction/renovating jobs.
* Using phone or email to interact with customers and coworkers to plan takeoffs, as well as designs.
* Coordinating with sales team and account specialist/customer service team to fulfill takeoff and quote necessities.
* Use of Microsoft Excel, AutoCAD, eRapid, Outlook, and the Internet ([Salesforce], plan-rooms and bid sites, as well as to gain further information needed for project info.) are the main programs used for day-to-day duties

What Does A Computer Aided Drafter Do At SAIC

* The successful candidate will provide engineering design and drafting services in Honolulu, Hawaii.
* This work requires an understanding of C4I systems infrastructure and expertise in 2D and 3D renderings.
* The candidate will also perform engineering drafting, drawing review, drawing control in the design of electronic/communications equipment, systems and installations.
* This includes producing mechanical, electrical/electronic drawings from rough engineering sketches and preparing drawing layouts from one or more engineering sketches.
* The successful candidate will also examine and check engineering drawings for compliance with cited specifications.
* The candidate must have at least 2 years of specialized experience in developing 3D renderings.
* Overall experience should reflect ability to prepare complete engineering graphics layouts, which includes drawings, graphs, and spreadsheets for projects

What Does A Computer Aided Drafter Do At Bowman Consulting Group

* Draft plans/mark-ups for the purpose of creating exhibits and construction documents.
* Obtain work assignments of either specific design elements or CADD drafting duties from project manager with allocated budgets.
* Perform non-routine and complex assignments from verbal instructions under minimum supervision, while coordinating with the project design team.
* Review all work for completeness and accuracy prior to submitting for review.
* Revise plans according to client, manager, or reviewer comments.
* Assist in organizing, creating, and maintaining all CAD or CAD related files for clients, town, or county intake

What Does A Computer Aided Drafter Do At Spacex

* Work with engineers to create 2D drawings from existing 3D models, applying established drawing specifications and standards
* Work with engineers to make updates to existing 3D models, applying established modeling processes and standards
* Create engineering release forms and track the release
* Work closely with engineering procurement, development & project teams to resolve documentation issues during process equipment fabrication, assembly and deployment
* Update existing models and drawings, applying established modeling processes and standards
* Update details of templates and drawing notes to have the latest information on the drawing

What Does A Computer Aided Drafter Do At Attraction & Entertainment Solutions, Inc.

Understand project flow from Sales to Estimating to Technical Services Success in this position requires the ability to read, analyze, and interpret blueprints Quantity take-offs from architectural plans Shop drawings and submittals, mock-ups and samples Develop design drawings using CAD software Create 2D AutoCAD drawings for existing or potential jobs 3D Design capabilities is a plus Create .dwg files from sketches as well as convert to .pdf format Proficient in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Estimate costs and prepare proposals Administrative, clerical and miscellaneous duties as required Coordinate with departments to produce drawings compliant with project requirements and company standards Revise drawings, as directed Follow through with appropriate filing and distribution of revised drawings Participate in department meetings and responsibilities Able to travel occasionally Able to work extended hours to meet deadlines when needed Perform other functions or duties as assigned Proficient in Excel Organize detail, material calculation and cover sheet/s Distribute shop drawings/close-out documents to different departments/clients as necessary Scan approved, redlines and as-built drawings for records Organize job folders for easy and faster access of the projects Company Description Attraction Entertainment Solutions is a custom and unique design specialty fabrication company creating world class themed venues such as LEGOLAND Dubai, LEGOLAND Japan, Madam Tussaud in San Francisco, Orlando, Sea life Aquariums, Ripley's BELIEVE IT OR NOT, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers

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How To Become A Computer Aided 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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Computer Aided Drafter Career Paths

Computer Aided Drafter
Architectural Drafter Architectural Designer
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Programmer Machine Shop Supervisor Assembly Supervisor
Assembly Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Administrator Document Control Specialist
Document Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Designer Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Assistant Project Manager
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Architect Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Computer Aided Design Designer Designer
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Senior Designer
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Architectural Drafter Drafter
Senior Drafter
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Designer Electrical Designer
Senior Electrical Designer
13 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Mechanical Designer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Designer Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Design Drafter Mechanical Designer Piping Designer
Senior Piping Designer
12 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Senior Project Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Engineer Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Computer Aided Drafter Demographics


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  • White

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Arabic

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Russian

  • Hindi

  • Serbian

  • Portuguese

  • Urdu

  • Polish

  • Swahili

  • Turkish

  • Indonesian

  • Hawaiian

  • Ukrainian

  • Bosnian

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Real Computer Aided Drafter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior CAD Drafter ARUP North America Ltd. Chicago, IL Mar 01, 2013 $70,250 -
CAD Drafter III Rivers & Christian Los Angeles, CA May 09, 2016 $60,000
Architectural CAD Drafter Jonathan Jang, Architect, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 02, 2012 $57,393
CAD Drafter/Steel Detailer D&M Steel, Inc. CA Nov 17, 2016 $52,042
CAD Drafter Steve Gambill-Shore/Form Systems Inc. Palmetto, FL Oct 29, 2009 $49,045
CAD Drafter Trinity EMCS Inc. Brentwood, CA Aug 25, 2015 $47,208
CAD Drafter Trinity EMCS Inc. Brentwood, CA Sep 15, 2014 $47,208
CAD Drafter Trinity EMCS Inc. Brentwood, CA Jun 01, 2012 $47,208
Associate CAD Drafter Cityproof Corp. Islandia, NY Jul 28, 2015 $45,240
CAD Drafter Jennison Quality Components, Inc. Carnegie, PA Jun 15, 2015 $41,740 -
CAD Planner/Drafter G & S USA, Inc. Rockville, MD Sep 15, 2010 $40,000
CAD Drafter Denham-Blythe Company, Inc. Lexington, KY Jan 09, 2016 $39,374
Junior CAD Drafter Architectural Resources Collaborative Inc. Benicia, CA Aug 15, 2011 $37,500
Junior CAD Drafter Architectural Resources Collaborative Inc. Benicia, CA Sep 15, 2011 $37,500
Senior CAD Drafter Bob Snow Associates Palm Beach Gardens, FL Jun 04, 2015 $37,066
CAD Drafter E & E Consulting Engineers, Inc. Oakland Park, FL Sep 19, 2010 $37,000
GIS Manager-Cad Drafter JE Thompson, Inc. Gainesville, TX Mar 01, 2015 $35,479 -
GIS Manager-Cad Drafter JE Thompson, Inc. Gainesville, TX Aug 01, 2015 $35,479 -
Revit/Cad Architectural Drafter Method Studio, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Sep 18, 2013 $32,161
Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Operator Robert P. Madison International, Inc. Cleveland, OH Oct 01, 2010 $32,000

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Top Skills for A Computer Aided Drafter


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Top Computer Aided Drafter Skills

  1. Autocad Release
  2. CAD Drafter
  3. Layout Drawings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Incorporate engineer drawing changes on AutoCad release 12 and 13.
  • Performed as CAD drafter, modeling 3-D parts for assemblies as well as creating top assemblies.
  • Work directly with external resources, end-users, technicians and engineers to provide conceptual layout drawings for facilities and equipment.
  • Created shop drawings of custom cabinets from architectural drawings for production.
  • Perform architectural and structural layout work, including preparation of framing plans, color layout plans, floor plans and elevations.

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