Career Options in Drafting

Drafting or commonly referred to as computer aided design & drafting (CADD) is the process by which computer technology is made use of in preparing design documentation. In other words, it is drafting with the help of a computer.

The most commonly used platform for drafting is AutoCAD. It is software that helps a draftsman in drafting and designing plans. Drafting is commonly used in areas related to the following-

  • Construction & Civil Engineering
  • Interior Designing
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering

Types of drafting courses- Drafting course content

In most of the cases, the course content offered differs widely from one institute to another.
Given below is the course structure offered. The topics are taught in phases. The main topics are listed below-

Phase I

  • System & Line Commands
  • Using files
  • Drawing different shapes
  • Working with Objects

Phase II

  • Dimension
  • AutoCAD Design Center
  • Applying Hatch
  • Inserting & Editing Text
  • Drawing Multilines
  • Applying Layers
  • Drawing Polylines
  • Modifiers

Phase III

  • Lights
  • Exporting file to 3D Studio from AutoCAD
  • Plotting
  • Surface, Boolean, Solid
  • Applying Images and Background
  • External Database
  • 3D Co ordinate System
  • Elevating objects & applying thickness
  • Rendering & Materials

These courses are also available online. The cost of the course is approximately 9000 rupees or USD$225. The duration of the session is 90 hours.

Other types of drafting courses offered

In addition to the course structure mentioned above, the following course curriculum is also offered. This training program is being offered by Institute of Piping Engineering & Building Services. The institute is located in Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

The study program that the Institute of Piping Engineering & Building Services will offer is given in the table below-

  • Electrical Systems Design and Drafting Date of commencement – September 15th 2011 Duration- 25 days
  • Plumbing Design and Drafting Date of commencement – September 15th 2011 Duration- 25 days
  • HVAC Design and Drafting Date of commencement- September 15th 2011 Duration- 25 days
  • Process Piping Design and Drafting Date of commencement- October 1st 2011 Duration- 30 days
  • Process Piping Engineering Date of commencement- October 1st 2011 Duration- 45 days
  • Piping Design and Drafting Probable dates of commencement- October 1st 2011, November 15th 2011 Duration- 25 days
  • Piping Engineering (Stress Analysis/Drafting/Design) Probable dates of commencement- October 1st 2011, November 15th 2011 Duration – 45 days

Career prospects in drafting

A student who is interested in pursuing a career in drafting industry and related areas can assume the following roles during the tenure of his employment-

  • Senior Piping Design personnel
  • Drafting Supervisor
  • Materials Handling Designers
  • Engineering Design & Drafting Tech
  • Engineering Design & Drafting Tech Specialist
  • Drafting Manager
  • CAD Operator Designer
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Drafter
  • Draftsperson
  • Structural Designer Lead
  • Intermediate Drafter
  • CAD Technicians
  • CAD Operator

Remuneration of drafting professionals

The salaries of individuals opting for a career in drafting are well paid. Their salary ranges in the following manner for different drafting personnel.

  • Drafter can earn salary between 25,000 rupees and 50,000 rupees (USD$36,000)
  • Civil Engineer earns a salary that ranges between 50,000 rupees and 75,000 rupees (USD$58,000)
  • AutoCAD drafter – 25,000 rupees and 50,000 rupees (USD$35,000)

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