mechanical draughtsman, Greg advises that you complete an AutoCAD course and gain some knowledge about the program. If you want to go into design drawing, you need to do mechanical drawing courses. Most of the learning for this career is, however, done on the job.
The skills you need include being able to concentrate for long periods of time, computer literacy, and a willingness to learn and expand your horizons and to try new things. “The speed at which you can draw is also a skill that is gained over time and is very important for a mechanical draughtsman,” emphasises Greg.
To become a mechanical draughtsman, you need to be mechanically minded and somewhat artistic, very meticulous and neat.
“On an average day, I usually arrive at the office and complete tasks given to me by the project manager/engineer. At about 12:00, I will start with new drawings or complete current ones. Throughout the day, I also deal with consultants with regard to queries relating to various drawings,” says Greg.
“The best thing about the job is going to site and seeing what you have drawn, develop from start to finish,” beams Greg.
“The worst thing about the job is dealing with consultants for information regarding the drawings,” laughs Greg.
Greg advises the youth of today, “Choose a career you are good at, because, if you can do something as a job that makes you happy, theoretically you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Published By: Liezl Maclean