Aeronautical drafters are hired to create technical drawings. They interpret rough sketches and concepts made by engineers and use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create a detailed design plan with specific dimensions and materials. Important skills include proficiency in mathematics, CAD software, and attention to detail. Aeronautical drafters work in office settings and during normal working hours. They may also visit engineers at other offices or work locations. To qualify to be an aeronautical drafter, you'll need at least an 2-year associate's degree. A bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering would give you a competitive advantage, as would holding certifications.
Job openings for aeronautical drafters can be found through typical channels like online job boards such as Indeed, and further vacancies can be found by searching for aeronautical and aviation companies' career websites. The interview will assess your knowledge and proficiency of CAD software and drafting methodology as it relates to your ability to produce designs for the company on time to meet deadlines. You'll be asked about your experience in drafting. And in order to assess your technical proficiency, you may be quizzed on technical aspects of the job, including questions about the function of software or a drafting principle.
To prepare for an interview for aeronautical drafters, take inventory of your technical skills and experience. If you have previous experience in drafting, think about how your technical expertise made you more efficient. Then think about how you can connect that advantage to benefits to the company, such as being more productive. If you don’t have previous experience, think about projects that you've worked on where you made key discoveries and developments in your understanding of drafting and translate that into a benefit to the company, such as your ability to learn quickly. Finally, do your research about the company and identify their mission and values, and how you fit into their organization in those terms.