A Career in Drafting

By | August 15, 2016

No matter how bad the economy gets, there is always a need for drafters. Drafters are the ones who create technical construction drawings from information given to them by professionals like architects, engineers, designers, and surveyors. Drafters create drawings and plans on a drafting board or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program. These drawings are then used by craftsmen to build various projects or products.

A drafting board is a piece of furniture that has a flat top and can be set at different angles so the drafter can reach the entire piece of paper to draw. A CAD or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program is basically a drafting board in a computer program.

There are multiple needs for drafters in various fields. Below are a few of the fields drafters are need in:



Architectural drafters prepare drawings of buildings, and houses. From sketches, the drafter builds sets of plans that include floor plans, exterior elevations, foundation or basement plans, and sectional details.

Engineering and Civil:

These drafters prepare drawings for roadways, structural drawings for large commercial buildings, topographical surveys, steel fabrication drawings, etc.


Survey drafters work for surveyors laying out land boundaries, topography, building and structure locations, etc. A licensed surveyor will “shoot” angular and vertical data of a piece of property that is then compiled and interpreted into a map of a piece of real estate by the drafter.

These drafters are used in manufacturing plant layout, product illustration and cut sheet drawings, assembly drawings, etc.

Tim Davis, a fully trained general drafter with 20 plus years experience, has created a virtual drafting school where many of these drafting disciplines are taught in a easy to understand format at http://draftingschool.net/.

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One thought on “A Career in Drafting

  1. Kelly

    A friend of mine has just decided to have a complete career change. She was working in Health and Safety on a minesite, but she decided she wanted to become a survey drafter. She was telling me that there is a demand for skilled people in this area and the pay is really good. So far she seems to be enjoying it and doesn’t regret the career change. I think the money is also better.


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