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Mechanical Drafter
Apprenticeship

WHAT DOES A MECHANICAL DRAFTER DO?

Utilizes manual and/or computer-aided drafting programs to translate design information and specification into as-builts or updated drawings.

MECHANICAL DRAFTER APPRENTICESHIP

During an apprenticeship, you receive work experience and job-related education in all phases of the occupation necessary to develop the skill and proficiency of a skilled professional. We rotate you throughout the various work processes to ensure you are a well-rounded professional upon completion of the apprenticeship.

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The apprenticeship requires you to complete 6,000 hours of on-the-job training. A year consists of 2,000 hours, so you will complete the required hours at the conclusion of the three-year program. During the term of your apprenticeship, you are required to complete the applied science mechanical drafting certificate program at a local technical school.

*The apprenticeship wage starts at $12 per hour and includes a progress review every 6 months. Upon successful completion of the program, you should be earning at least $21.60 per hour. You will receive a credential from the United States Department of Labor and a certificate of completion from the local technical college.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong grasp of mathematics concepts
  • Detailed-oriented
  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow BIM execution plans provided by A/E/C or generated in-house.
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  • Adheres to strict deadlines
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings and specifications.
  • Ability to read and understand all project submittal documentation for equipment and materials.
  • Ability to source, assemble, read, and understand equipment installation and operation data to verify physical dimensions and clearances of equipment and materials to be designed, detailed, or coordinated.
  • Ability to model mechanical duct, mechanical piping, plumbing piping, and mechanical equipment utilizing Revit and following current codes, standards, and generally accepted construction practices.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participate in project kickoff meetings with project management team and provide input on project design, coordination, and detailing.
  • Set up drafting project files following company templates.
  • Set up project Revit model to include company title blocks, templates, and standard material families.
  • Import and file initial models from the architect, engineer and other subcontractors.
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  • Create and maintain a central model for each project requiring coordination or prefabrication.
  • Receive and maintain model updates from the A/E/Subs and update central model.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow drawings, specifications, and BIM execution plans.
  • Ability to read and understand all project submittal documentation for equipment and materials.
  • Ability to source, assemble, read, and understand equipment installation and operation data to verify physical dimensions and clearances of equipment and materials to be designed, detailed, or coordinated.
  • Ability to model mechanical duct, mechanical piping, plumbing piping, and mechanical equipment utilizing Revit and following current codes, standards, and generally accepted construction practices.
  • Perform routine design calculations required to size pipes and ducts in accordance with current standards and codes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize Revit and Navisworks to coordinate the mechanical systems with other trades and avoid conflicts.
  • Participate in team coordination meetings to resolve any conflicts between systems and structures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to submit requests for information that effectively documents the issue at hand.
  • Draw rough sketches and detailed scale plans for piping, ducts, and equipment based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets, and other data.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce detail and dimension drawings from the model for shop prefabrication.
  • Perform quantity takeoffs for prefabrication orders and cost-estimating purposes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare accurate drawings/sketches using manual techniques with conventional drafting station/tools.
  • Provide meaningful and innovative assistance to the construction management team
  • Prepare technical and other written documents.
  • Assist in the planning or coordinating of shop prefabrication activities.
  • Develop and maintain a schedule for coordination and fabrication tasks.

MECHANICAL DRAFTING IN ACTION