Aeronautical Drafter

Create the blueprints that are used to manufacture aircraft.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $75,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Aeronautical Drafters do?

As an Aeronautical Drafter, you prepare engineering drawings and blueprints to assist in the manufacture of aircraft, missiles, and other aeronautical devices that fly, float, hover, and soar. Like other types of Drafters, you do that by using a combination of freehand drawing and computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software to transform technical specifications—for example, the shapes, dimensions, and materials used in manufacturing—into 3-D visual models that can be manipulated during the design process.

Working in close collaboration with an Aeronautical Engineer, you’re basically responsible for taking designs for airplanes, helicopters, space shuttles, and satellites out of the Engineer ’s head and putting them on paper so that other people can build them.

Don’t get the wrong idea, though: Your job’s more than just drawing cool things that fly. It’s also making careful calculations and designing intricate mechanical systems that help Engineers’ designs defy the laws of physics. The result: Not only do they get built, but they also get flown, launched, and landed (instead of crashed!).

If you ask a Pilot, they’ll probably tell you that the best part about building an airplane is flying it. But successful flight is impossible without successful engineering. And successful engineering is impossible without the skills of a good Aeronautical Drafter.

Should I be an Aeronautical Drafter?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Drafter, Aeronautical

    How to become an Aeronautical Drafter

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