An AutoCAD drafter uses computer-aided design and drafting software to develop drawings and plans for construction and manufacturing industries. Their technical drawings are used by architects, engineers, surveyors, and scientists and may depict plans for anything from toys to spacecraft. Completion of a certificate program or an associate's degree with a focus on drafting is generally required to work as an AutoCAD drafter.
AutoCAD drafters create technical drawings and plans for building and manufacturing by using computer-aided design and drafting (CAD or CADD) software programs. Drafters may work in a specialty area or be generalists. Some postsecondary training in drafting is typically required for this position, such as completion of a certificate or 2-year degree program.
Required Education: HND/B.Eng
Certification: Any professional certification in related field
Work Experience: Minimum of 2-3 years
CAD is the primary way in which drafters develop plans, drawings and sketches. Using AutoCAD software, created by Autodesk Inc., drafters prepare a visual depiction of a product to be constructed. Production and construction workers, including engineers, surveyors, architects and scientists, use CAD images to create plans to build and manufacture everything from buildings to toys to spacecraft. CAD drafters also have a working knowledge of traditional drafting methods.
There are many specialty areas in drafting, such as architectural, electrical and mechanical drafting. AutoCAD drafter's duties vary depending on their area of expertise. Drafters use CAD software to produce detailed drawings that include building dimensions, required materials and construction procedures. They use multiple angles and views to depict the association of components and systems. Drafters often consult with coworkers on design and layouts.
In some cases, drafters coordinate with builders to establish requirements and understand design concepts. When deficiencies occur, drafters revise designs to eliminate problems. Entry-level drafters work under the direction of supervisors.