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Occupation Description:
  Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.
Career Video:
  Video Icon  Mechanical Drafters
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Typical Tasks:
  • Produce three-dimensional models, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems..
  • 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..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions..
  • 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..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • 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..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
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Education & Training:
  Associate degree
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Wage Information:
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $63,746.00 $30.64 $24.05 $25.89 - $34.26
Bridgeport/Stamford $69,032.00 $33.18 $26.89 $27.59 - $37.92
Danbury $63,219.00 $30.39 $22.43 $25.65 - $36.51
Hartford $63,999.00 $30.76 $24.74 $26.40 - $35.81
New Haven $53,488.00 $25.71 $15.64 $15.48 - $30.71
New London/Norwich $64,171.00 $30.86 $24.45 $25.88 - $32.66
Waterbury $58,237.00 $28.00 $22.09 $25.04 - $29.83
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Occupation Outlook:
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 1,800 2,040 1.2% 45
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
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