CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Mechanical Drafters

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Drafters
Summary Job Description Tasks
Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information. Develop detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment, dies, tools, and controls, using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment.
Coordinate with and consult other workers to design, lay out, or detail components and systems and to resolve design or other 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.
Compute mathematical formulas to develop and design detailed specifications for components or machinery using computer-assisted equipment.
Position instructions and comments onto drawings.
Modify and revise designs to correct operating deficiencies or to reduce production problems.
Design scale or full-size blueprints of specialty items such as furniture and automobile body or chassis components.
Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to the materials.
Lay out and draw schematic, orthographic, or angle views to depict functional relationships of components, assemblies, systems, and machines.
Confer with customer representatives to review schematics and answer questions pertaining to installation of systems.
Draw freehand sketches of designs, trace finished drawings onto designated paper for the reproduction of blueprints, and reproduce working drawings on copy machines.
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.
Shade or color drawings to clarify and emphasize details and dimensions or eliminate background using ink, crayon, airbrush, and overlays.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Drafters
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Drafters
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Drafters
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Drafters
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe LiveMotion Graphics or photo imaging software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk Inventor Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk Mechanical Computer aided design CAD software
Bentley Microstation Computer aided design CAD software
Bentley Navigator Computer aided design CAD software
Bill of materials software Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
Dassault Systemes CATIA software Computer aided design CAD software
Document management system software Document management software
Graphic presentation software Graphics or photo imaging software
McNeel Rhino software Graphics or photo imaging software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Motion graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
Non uniform rational b-splines NURBS software Graphics or photo imaging software
PTC Pro/Cable Computer aided design CAD software
PTC Pro/ENGINEER Mechanica Computer aided design CAD software
PTC Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Computer aided design CAD software
PTC Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided design CAD software
PTC Pro/Pipe Computer aided design CAD software
PTC Pro/Sheetmetal Computer aided design CAD software
Piping and instrumentation design PID software Computer aided design CAD software
Rapid prototyping software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Reverse engineering software Computer aided design CAD software
Scanning software Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Siemens Solid Edge software Computer aided design CAD software
SofTech CADRA Computer aided design CAD software
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Three-dimensional scanning software Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Architects' scales Scales
Backlit digitizers Scanners
Calculators Calculators or accessories
Compasses Compasses
Computer aided design CAD multi-unit display graphics cards Graphics or video accelerator cards
Cutting plotters Plotter printers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Electronic scales Scales
Estimating keypads Touch pads
Flexible curves Curves
French curves Curves
Graphics tablets Tablet computers
Large-format digitizers Scanners
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Plotters Plotter printers
Print servers Print servers
Protractors Protractors
Sonic digitizers Scanners
T-squares T squares
Three-dimensional laser digitizers Scanners
Three-dimensional motion controllers Computer mouse or trackballs
Triangles Triangles
Wide-format document scanners Scanners
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Drafters
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Drafters
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aeronautical Drafter
Auto Design Detailer
Autocad Designer
Autocad Technician
Automotive Design Drafter
Automotive Design Layout Drafter
Body Design Checker
Body Designer
CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)
CAD Designer (Computer-Aided Design Designer)
CAD Drafter (Computer-Aided Design Drafter)
CAD Draftsman (Computer-Aided Design Draftsman)
CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator)
CAD Operator (Computer-Aided Design Operator)
CAD/CAM Specialist (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing Specialist)
CADD Drafter (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Drafter)
Castings Drafter
Computer Draftsman Mechanical
Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing Programmer (CAD/CAM Programmer)
Controls Designer
Design Checker
Design Drafter
Design Engineer
Design Technician
Detail Drafter
Die Designer
Die Designer Apprentice
Drafter Apprentice
Drafting Technician
Electro-Mechanical Designer
Engineering Manager
Engineering Technician
Furniture Detailer
Gage Designer
Installation Drafter
Machine Design Checker
Mechanical Design Drafter
Mechanical Design Engineer
Mechanical Design Technician
Mechanical Designer
Mechanical Detailer
Mechanical Drafter
Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Equipment Engineering Assistant
Mold Designer
Patent Drafter
Pattern Drafter
Project Designer
Technical Designer
Technical Illustrator
Tool Design Drafter
Tool Designer
Tool and Die Designer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Drafters
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