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Mechanical Drafters Print

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Work Activities
  • Develop detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment, dies, tools, and controls, using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment.
  • Produce three-dimensional models, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Lay out and draw schematic, orthographic, or angle views to depict functional relationships of components, assemblies, systems, and machines.
  • Modify and revise designs to correct operating deficiencies or to reduce production problems.
  • Review and analyze specifications, sketches, drawings, ideas, and related data to assess factors affecting component designs and the procedures and instructions to be followed.
  • Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to the materials.
  • Design scale or full-size blueprints of specialty items such as furniture and automobile body or chassis components.
  • Compute mathematical formulas to develop and design detailed specifications for components or machinery, using computer-assisted equipment.
  • Coordinate with and consult other workers to design, lay out, or detail components and systems and to resolve design or other problems.
  • Position instructions and comments onto drawings.
  • Confer with customer representatives to review schematics and answer questions pertaining to installation of systems.
  • Supervise and train other drafters, technologists, and technicians.
  • Lay out, draw, and reproduce illustrations for reference manuals and technical publications to describe operation and maintenance of mechanical systems.
  • Draw freehand sketches of designs, trace finished drawings onto designated paper for the reproduction of blueprints, and reproduce working drawings on copy machines.
  • Shade or color drawings to clarify and emphasize details and dimensions or eliminate background using ink, crayon, airbrush, and overlays.
Skills
  • Active Learning

    Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Active Listening

    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Critical Thinking

    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
5
Reading for Information
5
Locating Information
5
Abilities
  • Near Vision

    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • Mathematical Reasoning

    The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

  • Visualization

    The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Knowledge
  • Design

    Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • Engineering and Technology

    Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

  • Mechanical

    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $52,060/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $25.03/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 3,080
  • Yearly Projected Openings 40
Typical Education
Personality
Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
Tools
  • Scanners
  • Scales
  • Plotter printers
  • Graphics or video accelerator cards
  • Curves
Technology
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.