What does a Cad Drafter do?

A drafter is responsible for creating a 3D models of products in modeling software. They create these models from scratch and also update existing models. A few of the main duties of a drafter are creating models in CAD, help design new products, create standard models, and edit any changes based on customer preference. They also have to specify correct dimensions and material.

A drafter does not need any experience but should have a technical or associate's degree from a technical institution. One of the most important skills that a drafter will have is their ability to correctly create the model needed. Another skill is attention to detail as the drafter will need to make sure that the models are made correctly.. They also need to be able to multitask by working on several different projects at once.

  • Create the correct model in CAD
  • Find out customer requirements by speaking to them
  • Make revisions on a model based on customer requirements
  • Specify material used on model
  • Compute mathematical formulas to find correct dimensions
  • Create models out of rough sketches
  • Coordinate with other teams to ensure the model is correct
  • Develop standardized models of products
  • Associate degree in drafting from technical school
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to stay organized
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once
  • Solid mathematical skills
  • Very detail oriented
  • Knowledge of necessary regulations
  • Great time management skills
  • Ability to work on your own

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

AutoCAD Drafting
Revit MEP
Microsoft Office Suite
Excellent Communication
Attention To Detail

Cad Drafter Seniority Levels

8% made the transition
Cad Engineer
8% made the transition
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Cad Drafter Salaries

Average Base Pay

$46,542 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $47K
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