Engineering Department, Assembly Drawings, and Solid Models aren't the only skills Mechanical Design Drafters have. In fact, there's a whole list of personality traits that are commonly seen among them, including:
Now that you have the skills necessary to secure a career in your dream job, we've taken it a step further to figure out what type of education might be necessary or helpful. The results showed that 23.8% of Mechanical Design Drafters have graduated with a bachelor's degree. What's more is that 3.4% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While it may be true that some Mechanical Design Drafters have a college degree, you may find it also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every three Mechanical Design Drafters were not college graduates.
Those Mechanical Design Drafters who do attend college, typically earn either Drafting And Design degrees or Mechanical Engineering degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for Mechanical Design Drafters include Mechanical Engineering Technology degrees or Engineering degrees.
Now that you have your degree, you're ready to become a Mechanical Design Drafter. So where do you start applying? According to our research, Mechanical Design Drafters are mostly hired by Jacobs Engineering Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Lockheed Martin. Now is a good time to apply as Jacobs Engineering Group has 2 Mechanical Design Drafters job openings, and there are 2 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and 2 at Lockheed Martin.
If you're in it for the money, you'll want to apply for positions at Moog, Victaulic, and United Technologies as that's where Mechanical Design Drafters seem to make the most money. Let's take a closer look. At Moog, the average Mechanical Design Drafter salary is $66,284. Whereas at Victaulic, Mechanical Design Drafters earn roughly $63,048. And at United Technologies, they make an average salary of $61,732. Before you get too excited over those salary numbers, you should make sure that securing a job at these companies is doable. For example, while Moog has 0 job listings for Mechanical Design Drafters, Victaulic and United Technologies have 0 and 0 job listings respectively.
The most distinguished Mechanical Design Drafters are known to work for Lockheed Martin, General Electric, and Boeing. In order to figure this out, we assessed which schools Mechanical Design Drafters earned their degrees, and then looked into the companies that hired Mechanical Design Drafters from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
In general, Mechanical Design Drafters fulfill roles in the Professional and Technology industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the salaries for Mechanical Design Drafters are the highest in the Energy industry with $56,944 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the Manufacturing and Technology industries only pay $52,706 and $51,619 respectively. This means that Mechanical Design Drafters who are employed in the Energy industry make a whopping 19.4% more than Mechanical Design Drafters who work in the Professional Industry.