Engineering Draftsperson - Civil/General

Engineering draftspersons use software to create detailed drawings and plans for civil and general engineering work.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Engineering Draftsperson - Civil/General do?

Engineering draftspersons use software to convert the designs of engineers into detailed plans and drawings for civil and general engineering projects.


Work activities

As an engineering draftsperson, you would:

  • operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) and 3-D imaging software to produce technical designs, working drawings, charts, forms and records
  • analyse building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on engineering designs
  • determine a method of presenting engineering designs and drawings to graphically represent building plans
  • draw rough and detailed scale plans based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data.

Key skills and interests

To become an engineering draftsperson, you would need:

  • to be able to identify, analyse and solve technical problems
  • strong computing skills
  • the ability to produce consistently accurate and detailed work
  • practical creative skills and an aptitude for design
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • a knowledge of building materials and methods.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Most engineering drafters work full time.


Although drafters spend much of their time working on computers in an office, some visit construction or mining sites in order to collaborate with engineers, architects and construction managers. Site work would be in all weathers and may involve a lot of travel and spending nights away from home. 


How to become an Engineering Draftsperson - Civil/General?

Entry Level Education

To become an architectural draftsperson you usually have to complete a VET qualification in civil construction design. You may be able to study through distance education.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of engineering drafters is projected to show little or no change.

Although construction projects will likely result in some demand for engineering drafters, efficiencies gained from computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM) software will likely continue to reduce the need for engineering drafters.

CAD systems that are more user friendly and more powerful than current systems may allow other technical professionals to perform some tasks previously done by drafters. In addition, some drafting work may be outsourced to other countries at lower wages, further reducing the need for these workers.


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