Drafters are responsible for creating practical drawings and schematics based on concepts from architects or designers in engineering or construction. They often work with crews or production engineers in the building and creation process to create detailed, intricate drawings which show scale and measurements; many use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software to achieve the best results. Drafters typically choose to specialize in a field such as architectural drafting, civil drafting, or an engineering or electrical discipline.
Drafters work with preliminary conceptual work created by architects or engineers in the design phase of a project. While mock-ups and concept drawings submitted to the drafter are reasonably detailed in their own right, the drafter's job is to optimize them and create more-precise drawings which can be put into practical use by contractors or production personnel.
While the blueprints which we associate with architectural drafting are indeed common, drafting work is also required across many other systems. Drafters in engineering may need to draw simple electronic components or housings for complex systems, while items as simple as cell phone housings or computer cases may require drafters to have completed schematics before production could begin.
Drafters typically pursue education in this field from a technical school, community college, or university after high school. In school, prospective drafters learn how to use the necessary software tools and develop proficiency with CADD software. Most drafters will work at a junior level upon graduation as part of a larger drafting team, and experienced drafters typically work in computer design studios during regular weekly business hours.
Accurately post closed work orders to the master design files.
Review engineering drawings and supporting documentation to verify adherence to standard practices.
Prepare layouts, drawings and designs according to engineering specifications using software.
Log work orders into database and distribute and file work order folders daily.
Coordinate work order process with construction supervisors, engineers and property accounting.