Career Details

Mechanical Design Draftsman

Career Overview

Drafters prepare technical drawings from designs provided by architects and engineers. Specialized software is used during this process. Be ready for on-going training on these programs!


Completing a two-year college program in drafting design, engineering design, or a related field is required to obtain these positions.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$33,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Computer Science
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Drafting
Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. Improvements in software have led to greater efficiency - fewer drafters are needed.

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Work Environment

Drafters are typically employed by engineering, construction, or manufacturing companies. They likely spend most of their time at a desk, working on a computer. At times they may need to visit a job site to learn more about their project.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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