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Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson

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€23k > 50
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* 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

Mechanical engineering draughtspeople produce detailed drawings and instructions for making mechanical products and equipment.


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The Work header image

There are two main types of draughtsperson: design and detail.  
 
Design draughtspeople use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to create models of the design, or work at a drawing board to produce the initial 'scheme' or general outline drawing. These days the finished product is rarely hand drawn and more and more firms are concentrating only on computer designs.  
 
Detail draughtspeople receive the finished scheme drawing. They break the scheme down into a series of drawings to show the products' individual components. Their drawings show the item at various stages of its production or assembly.  
 
Both design and detail draughtspeople use mathematical calculations and formulae in their work. They also do routine office tasks like making parts, keeping records and filing. Draughtspeople usually work in a team with others where each person works on part of the project.


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

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Develop detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment, dies, tools, and controls, using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment.

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Lay out and draw schematic, orthographic, or angle views to depict functional relationships of components, assemblies, systems, and machines.

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Coordinate with and consult other workers to design, lay out, or detail components and systems and to resolve design or other problems.

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Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to the materials.

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Review and analyze specifications, sketches, drawings, ideas, and related data to assess factors affecting component designs and the procedures and instructions to be followed.

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Modify and revise designs to correct operating deficiencies or to reduce production problems.

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Compute mathematical formulas to develop and design detailed specifications for components or machinery using computer-assisted equipment.

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Position instructions and comments onto drawings.

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Lay out, draw, and reproduce illustrations for reference manuals and technical publications to describe operation and maintenance of mechanical systems.

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Design scale or full-size blueprints of specialty items such as furniture and automobile body or chassis components.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


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

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve 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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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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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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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

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

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Mechanical engineering draughtspeople should be neat and accurate in their work. You will need to pay close attention to detail and concentrate on intricate and time-consuming work for long periods. You must be imaginative, with strong drawing skills.  
 
You will need to develop an understanding of technical drawings and diagrams, and how machines work. Computer literacy is increasingly useful.  
 
You will need strong communication and interpersonal skills, to work closely with design and mechanical engineers, production managers and other draughtspeople. You also need to have a good understanding of construction of production methods and processes.


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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 665 1300
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