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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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Draughtsperson

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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€20k > 46
Draughtsman
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 46
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Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Provides detailed drawings of a proposed construction to scale.


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The Work header image

Draughtspersons, or Technicians as they are often called, are employed in a variety of industries; architecture, building services, cartography, construction engineering, electrical and electronic engineering and surveying. Increasingly Computer Aided Design (CAD) plays an important role in their work.  
 
TThey are involved in the design of machinery in a wide range of industries such as oil and gas. They must make detailed calculations and translate ideas on to paper.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Produce drawings using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles and other drafting devices.

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Draw maps, diagrams, and profiles, using cross-sections and surveys, to represent elevations, topographical contours, subsurface formations and structures.

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Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.

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Determine the order of work and method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.

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Finish and duplicate drawings and documentation packages, according to required mediums and specifications for reproduction using blueprinting, photography, or other duplicating methods.

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Review rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.

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Calculate excavation tonnage and prepare graphs and fill-hauling diagrams for use in earth-moving operations.

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Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.

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Correlate, interpret, and modify data obtained from topographical surveys, well logs, and geophysical prospecting reports.

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Determine quality, cost, strength and quantity of required materials, and enter figures on materials lists.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment: Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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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.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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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.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

They must have a clear adaptability to Maths and Physics. Good vision with correct colour vision. An interest in drawing or design and an aptitude for working with computers.  
 
Those involved in the trade must be accurate and neat in their work and have the capacity to pay great attention to detail.


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