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Become A Draftsman

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Working As A Draftsman

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

  • Repetitive

  • $44,762

    Average Salary

What Does A Draftsman Do

Draftsmen, also known as Drafters, help design products using engineering and manufacturing techniques. They work in a wide range of fields, such as architecture, aeronautics, civil engineering, and electronics.

How To Become A Draftsman

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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95 Draftsman jobs

The Wood Companies
Niles, MI

$44,762 Estimated

The Kelly Group
Reserve, LA

$52,500 Estimated

Cirle B Measurement and Fabrication
Tulsa, OK

$44,762 Estimated

The Kelly Group
Lafayette, IN

$44,762 Estimated

Fort Meade, MD

$44,762 Estimated

Kelly Services
Torrington, CT

$44,762 Estimated

Iowa Employer
Sioux City, IA

$44,762 Estimated

Jes Foundation Repair
Manassas, VA
Jr. Draftsman

$44,762 Estimated

DXC Technology
Fort Meade, MD

$44,762 Estimated

Kratos Defense Security Solutions, Inc.
Glen Burnie, MD

$44,762 Estimated

Henning Companies LLC
Johnston, IA

$44,762 Estimated

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.
Glen Burnie, MD

$44,762 Estimated

Central Power Systems Services
Liberty, MO

$44,762 Estimated

Oilfield Production Equipment Manufacture
Joshua, TX

$44,762 Estimated

U-Haul International, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
Structural Draftsman

$55,020 Estimated

U-Haul International
Phoenix, AZ
Structural Draftsman

$55,020 Estimated

Severn, MD
Electrical Draftsman

$44,762 Estimated

RPC Company
Fort Worth, TX
Cabinet Vision Engineer Draftsman

$44,762 Estimated

Carter Lumber
Kent, OH
Building Material Draftsman

$44,762 Estimated

Nesco Resource
Saint Louis, MO
SolidWorks Draftsman

$44,762 Estimated

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Real Draftsman Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
America's Cup Draftsman Artemis Racing USA, Inc. Alameda, CA Jan 07, 2015 $90,000
Draftsman Welkin Mechanical, LLC NY Sep 24, 2016 $63,752
Draftsman Welkin Mechanical, LLC NY Jan 10, 2016 $63,752
Draftsman Portland Services, LLC Miami, FL Jun 20, 2011 $57,096
BIM Technician/Draftsman McCool Carlson Green Anchorage, AK Oct 11, 2016 $57,000
E.I.T./Draftsman The Holt Group, Inc. El Centro, CA Sep 11, 2014 $55,000
Chief Structural Draftsman American Structural Engineers of Nevada Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 10, 2012 $52,624
Chief Structural Draftsman American Structural Engineers Las Vegas, NV Sep 10, 2011 $44,866
Chief Structural Draftsman American Structural Engineers of Nevada Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 10, 2011 $44,866
Marine Draftsman Bennett & Associates, L.L.C. New Orleans, LA Sep 13, 2011 $44,762
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Top Skills for A Draftsman


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Top Draftsman Skills

  1. Autocad LT
  2. Layout Drawings
  3. Auto CAD
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create and print structural designs for new house construction sites using AutoCAD LT 2011..
  • Aided in producing layout drawings for Nuclear Power Plant electrical power, multiplexing control, and sensor cable conduit routing.
  • Created assembly drawings using auto cad release 9 & 10 to create new company catalogs
  • Coordinated plans between engineering department and shop application.
  • Prepared Shop Drawings and Shop tickets for Precast plant

Top Draftsman Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Draftsman

  1. Karsten Homes
  2. HCO Architects
  3. Allen Homes Inc.
  4. Design Precast & Pipe, Inc.
  5. United States Marine Corps
  6. Accurate Inc.
  7. Scenic Solutions
  8. Engineering Tech
  9. Ron Litton's Home Design
  10. Premise Systems, Inc.
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