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Working As A Design Checker

  • 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

  • $60,993

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Checker Do

Drafters use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers 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.

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How To Become A Design Checker

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.

Education

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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Design Checker Career Paths

Design Checker
Lead Designer Art Director
Contract Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Structural Designer Lead Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Structural Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Structural Designer Lead Designer Architect
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Supervisor Piping Designer Senior Mechanical Designer
Lead Mechanical Designer
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer Mechanical Engineering Manager
Mechanical Engineering Director
11 Yearsyrs
Design Supervisor Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Designer Project Manager/Design Manager Computer Aided Drafter
Senior Design Drafter
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Design Manager Project Manager/Design Manager
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Designer Mechanical Designer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Design Supervisor 5.0 years
Design Checker 4.0 years
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Detailer/Designer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Designer 14.3%
Checker In 7.0%
Engineer 3.5%
Detailer 3.4%
Draftsman 3.1%
Drafter 2.1%
Top Employers After
Designer 11.9%
Checker In 6.7%
Engineer 4.1%

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Design Checker Demographics

Gender

Male

88.8%

Female

8.6%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Arabic

16.7%

Italian

16.7%

Japanese

16.7%
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Design Checker Education

Schools

Macomb Community College

16.0%

University of Houston

13.3%

Houston Community College

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Henry Ford College

6.7%

College of DuPage

4.0%

San Diego City College

4.0%

Lamar University

4.0%

Rock Valley College

4.0%

Western Michigan University

4.0%

Purdue University

4.0%

Lorain County Community College

4.0%

Wallace State Community College - Hanceville

4.0%

Everett Community College

2.7%

Thomas Nelson Community College

2.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.7%

Kettering University

2.7%

Villanova University

2.7%

Wayne State University

2.7%

Dutchess Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Drafting And Design

34.7%

Mechanical Engineering

14.3%

Engineering

7.2%

Business

5.6%

Industrial Technology

5.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.8%

Engineering Technology

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

General Studies

2.0%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Civil Engineering

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Management

1.2%

Mathematics

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

39.7%

Associate

24.2%

Bachelors

20.9%

Certificate

7.3%

Masters

3.9%

Diploma

3.9%
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Top Skills for A Design Checker

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  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Layout
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  • Recruited by engineering department from manufacturing to check shop drawings and bills before fabrication to improve accuracy.
  • Work performed using Mechanical DeskTop/AutoCAD 2000i.
  • Field measure buildings, machines, and conveyors for plant layouts, installation drawings, and design alterations.
  • Executed tolerance analysis of mechanisms with linear and rotational movement.
  • Designed quality control fixtures for the automotive industry.

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