Why Become a Drafting Technician
Posted on 12/16/2018
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Why Become a Drafting Technician

If you're technically minded, and also have a little bit of artistic talent, then becoming a drafting technician can be a very lucrative career. Also known as a CAD (computer-aid drafting) technician, they are responsible for taking basic concepts, drawings or sketches, and creating 3D models and then produce an engineering drawing for a structure to be built.

Average Salary of Drafting Technicians

How much you can earn as a trained drafting technician depends on a number of factors, including the quality of your training, your experience and your overall abilities as a 3D modeler. Annual salaries in Oklahoma range from $34,000 to $75,000 per year, with the average salary being $44,000 per year.

What Drafting Technicians Do
Your responsibility is to work with engineers, architects, planners and designers to turn their 2D sketches or drawings into 3D models which can then be put into production or constructed.

Most people assume that a drafting technician will only work on models of buildings, but the reality is that you might be asked to take a rough sketch of an engine component and render that as a 3D model. Your 3D model might then be imported into production machinery to produce that component. The more experience a drafting technician receives, the more opportunities they will have to advance to leadership positions.

Modern drafting technicians create their technical drawings using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. Software technology has rapidly improved in the last decade. The importance of working in 3D has never been more prevalent. Become a part of this quickly advancing industry!

The Metro Tech drafting technician career majors teach you to create 3D models that meet the standards set by the American National Standards Institute and/or American Institute of Architecture. These hands-on projects are the same as used in industry.

Are You A Problem Solver?
Drafting technicians are expected to be logical thinkers who can visualize designs before it's ever rendered, helping engineering and architectural teams to overcome the challenges facing them when making their visions a reality. This is where some artistic flair is important, because sometimes you need to imagine what the finished model looks like based on nothing more than a rough sketch.

A collaborative mindset is a key aspect of becoming a drafting technician because you will be required to work as part of a larger team, including engineers, architects and designers.

Employment Opportunities

Drafting technicians typically work in the offices of architects, manufacturers, engineering firms, construction companies, government bodies or consultancy firms. A sizable number of drafting technicians also decide to become self-employed.

Any employer looking to hire a drafting technician will show preferences for candidates who have undergone formal training and certification. Metro Tech offers certifications in:

  • AutoCad
  • Revit
  • Apprentice Drafter
  • Solidworks Associate
  • Autodesk Inventor

Metro Tech Training

Metro Tech provides training for three distinct career majors:

Each of the above career majors includes 920-1030 clock-hours of training which averages about 10 months. Completing one of these career majors prepares you to start a career immediately.

It is recommended that you are able to read at a 10th grade level, have a firm grasp of geometry and algebra, are computer literate, and have the ability to think critically, logically and 3 dimensionally.

For more information call (405) 595-4678.

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