CAD drafters create technical drawings for manufacturing and construction using computer design programs. These drawings meet the required specifications, codes and methods required by the government for safety and integrity to ensure uniformity in implementation when used by engineers and architects.
In addition to creating drawings and plans, CAD drafters also collect the data needed to integrate into their projects by consulting with surveyors, engineers, architects and workers both on and off the job site. Architectural drafters analyze building codes to ensure designs are compliant in their locales, and they also calculate volume, weight and stress of materials for added safety. Civil drafters utilize topographical surveys and geophysical reports to find the best locations for excavations and supervise technicians who move earth to facilitate building projects. Mechanical drafters use mathematical formulas to design schematics used within reference materials and identify the relationships between mechanical systems and parts.
Employers usually require CAD drafters to have attained a two-year associate's degree from a technical school or community college. Those with a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering can also work within this field, and opportunities may expand with this further education. As of 2015, projected job growth for CAD drafters is expected to experience little to no change, and median salaries for this profession stand at $49,630.