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Marine Drafter

Overview: Marine drafters prepare schematics and layouts of structural and mechanical features of ships, docks and other marine equipment. They work from drawings and notes made by marine architects and marine engineers. They also produce detailed construction specifications.
Duties: They work with marine architects and engineers to produce drawings, schematics and specifications needed for construction of ships, port facilities and drydocks.

They produce drawings and specifications needed by government agencies that must approve plans and inspect results during construction.

They provide construction contractors with drawings and specifications needed during actual construction of the marine equipment or structures.

They use computers to automate the process of generating drawings and schematics.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Architectural Technology 
Job Outlook: Employment of marine drafters is expected to grow slower than the average through 2018. Continued demand for naval vessels and recreational small craft should more than offset the long-term decline in the domestic design and construction of large oceangoing vessels.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Employers prefer to hire marine drafters who have either a technical institute certificate requiring 1-1/2 to 2 years, or a 2-year college associate degree. Training in computer-aided drafting and design and engineering technology is vital. Certification by passing a technical examination by the American Design Drafting Association will be helpful.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.