Computer aided design (CAD) drafters use computer aided design systems to created drawings for building construction or product creation, filling design drawings with codes and specifications for the design. CAD drafters work directly with the company needing the design, and drafters must be able to take directions and use them to deliver a high-quality design. Computer aided design drafters must be precise, have great verbal skills, be able to handle stress, be creative, be organized, and be able to meet deadlines. In addition, CAD drafters need to be able to show they can be trusted with the companies information, designs, and plans.
Education required for a computer aided design drafters includes at least an associate's degree or some vocational training. Some CAD drafters work toward higher degrees in their niche area (product-based or construction-based CAD).
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafter Tasks
- Research and obtain standards and codes required by client to develop plans.
- Review engineering drawings prior to the release.
- Develop accurate layouts, assembly drawings and details.
- Take direction from engineers and executives to research drawings, catalogs and sketches to develop detailed dimensioned AutoCAD drawings.