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Drafting Technology Department


Drafting Defined

Using specialized equipment to produce drawings according to specific industry standards.

Who is a Drafter?

Drafters translate information and sketches from engineers, architects, and scientists into detailed drawings that are used in manufacturing construction.

Drafting Occupations

  • Architectural - commercial and residential buildings
  • Civil - roads, highways, dams, site plans, maps
  • Electronic - electronic components
  • Eletrical - electrical device layout, wiring, power substations
  • Mechanical - mechanical assemblies and parts
  • Structural - commercial buildings, bridges, concrete and steel structures
  • ... and many more!

Drafting Variety

Drafters often create a variety of drawings even though they may be employed in a certain field or focus on a sp ecific product. For example, an architectural drafter may be involved in preparing architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) and civil drawings.

Drafters are often involved in multiple other tasks such as:

  • Surveying and taking measurements
  • Research and development
  • Design
  • Sales
  • Product support
  • ... and more!

Drafting as a Launch Pad

  • Becoming a drafter can "open many doors."
  • Drafters often start as entry level drafting technicians, and then typically advance into higher level drafting and design positions.
  • With additional education, drafters go on to become architects, engineers, and more!