Are you new to CAD or a CAD beginner, and have ever thought to yourself, “What are some basic traits of a good CAD drafter?” If yes, then this is the article for you!
To answer this question let’s look at that www.bls.gov website, which states that “Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans, which are used by production and construction workers to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers.” As you can see, this statement is specific, yet also broad. It is specific in that it states that “Drafters prepare technical drawings and plans…”, and it is broad in that it states “…to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers.”
From the statement above it can be understood that a good CAD Drafter would need to be technically minded. He’d have to have problem solving abilities, the kind which are generally associated with math or being able to visualize things in three dimensions.
It can also be understood from the BLS statement that a good CAD Drafter would have to have familiarity with a specific industry, and be able to translate that knowledge into creating drawings that would be useful to production or construction workers.
In addition to the traits already mentioned, a good CAD Drafter would be able to think in terms of the “big picture”. He’d be able to understand that his job would just be a part in creating an product. This awareness would lead him to create more useful drawings.
Lastly, a good CAD Drafter would have to be proficient in the CAD software of his industry.
To summarize, a good CAD Drafter would be one that is technically minded, has industry specific knowledge, could think in terms of the “big picture”, and would be proficient in the CAD software of his industry. If this doesn’t describe you, don’t fret. Everyone starts somewhere, and these could be your goals for becoming a good CAD Drafter! It’s been said that “nothing comes without effort”!!Many thanks to Brian M Curran.
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