Profession drafter

Drafters prepare and create technical drawings using a special software or manual techniques, to show how something is built or works.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • CAD software

    The computer-aided design (CAD) software for creating, modifying, analysing or optimising a design.

  • Manual draughting techniques

    Techniques used for creating detailed drawings of designs by using specialised pencils, rulers, templates and scales.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.


  • Create technical plans

    Create detailed technical plans of machinery, equipment, tools and other products.

  • Use CAD software

    Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.

  • Use manual draughting techniques

    Use non-computerised draughting techniques to make detailed drawings of designs by hand with specialised tools such as pencils, rulers and templates.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

Optional knowledge and skills

advise client on technical possibilities principles of mechanical engineering printed circuit boards use computer-aided engineering systems zoning codes multimedia systems meet building regulations cartography use cadd software cae software electricity manufacturing processes electronic components thermodynamics material mechanics consumer electronics interpret electrical diagrams abide by regulations on banned materials estimate cost of building materials design electronic systems advise on construction materials create electrical wiring diagram prepare construction documents model electrical system stealth technology electric generators keep records of work progress blueprints mechanics of trains prepare building permit applications develop a specific interior design building codes provide cost benefit analysis reports liaise with engineers electromechanics electrical engineering design sensors components of air conditioning systems 3d modelling coordinate construction activities physics design hardware communicate test results to other departments draft bill of materials defense system read standard blueprints integrate engineering principles in architectural design domestic heating systems construction legal systems aesthetics build a product's physical model aircraft mechanics adjust engineering designs engineering principles create solutions to problems plan manufacturing processes electronics process customer requests based on the reach regulation 1907 2006 model electromechanical systems ventilation systems synthetic natural environment common aviation safety regulations ensure material compliance electrical wiring diagrams ensure vessel compliance with regulations unmanned air systems ict software specifications prepare assembly drawings manage tender processes design microelectronics draw design sketches architecture regulations create a product's virtual model electronic equipment standards use geographic information systems develop assembly instructions construction methods power electronics fluid mechanics industrial engineering mechanics topography electricity principles execute analytical mathematical calculations design electrical systems electrical equipment components create cadastral maps estimate budget for interior design plans electric motors advise architects archive documentation related to the work operate surveying instruments train employees create architectural sketches control compliance of railway vehicles regulations render 3d images design transportation systems draw blueprints read engineering drawings heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration parts customise drafts apply technical communication skills draft design specifications types of electronics check architectural drawings on site mechatronics design prototypes design circuit boards advise on building matters product data management industrial heating systems circuit diagrams maintain mechanical equipment electrical equipment regulations design principles conduct land surveys provide technical documentation refrigerants guidance, navigation and control make architectural mock-ups use measurement instruments advise on architectural matters cadd software integrated circuits electric drives civil engineering review drafts mechanics of motor vehicles communicate with construction crews mechanics of vessels electrical machines communicate with customers calculate materals mechanical engineering design electromechanical systems engineering processes apply digital mapping

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