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Question 1 of 23
What motivates you to work hard?
"I have a very strong work ethic and was raised to be a hard, and present, worker. What motivates me to work hard is my desire to be seen as a reliable and valuable member of the team."
It is important for the hiring manager to understand how they can motivate you on the job. Talk about how you are motivated on the job, and what keeps you focused on the task at hand.
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List of CAD Drafter Interview Questions
  1. What motivates you to work hard?
  2. We are looking for drafters that are prepared to handle more duties. How have you advanced beyond simply doing CAD Drafts?
  3. Do you plan on continuing your education as a drafter?
  4. What do you enjoy the most about being a drafter?
  5. Do you enjoy collaborating with others?
  6. What design did you have the most difficult time with? What made it difficult?
  7. Do you enjoy working with other drafters, and sharing work, when needed?
  8. When have you had a dispute with an engineer? What was the disagreement, and how did you two resolve the issue?
  9. When did you discover your specialty? Why did you choose this area of drafting?
  10. If I saw your home office right now, what would it look like?
  11. Our drafters must know this industry very well, how have you gained experience and insight into this industry?
  12. If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?
  13. Tell me about your education. What was your favorite course and why?
  14. What are your short- term career goals?
  15. What makes you a better drafter than the next person?
  16. Tell me about your biggest mistake during a draft. How did you correct it?
  17. What are you passionate about, outside of this career?
  18. How do you stay focused on your work throughout the day?
  19. Can you do layouts on your own?
  20. Why did you go to technical school to be a drafter?
  21. Would you consider yourself more creative, or technical minded?
  22. Tell me about the most complicated schematic drawing you have had to create.
  23. What area of drafting are you most interested in - Architectural, Civil or Mechanical?
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CAD Drafter Information
November 2nd, 2016

Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Employment of drafters is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Although drafters will continue to work on technical drawings and documents related to the design of buildings, machines, and tools, new software programs are making the work more efficient, thus requiring fewer workers. Competition for jobs is expected to be strong.
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CAD Drafter User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 23
What motivates you to work hard?
"I have a very strong work ethic and was raised to be a hard, and present, worker. What motivates me to work hard is my desire to be seen as a reliable and valuable member of the team."
It is important for the hiring manager to understand how they can motivate you on the job. Talk about how you are motivated on the job, and what keeps you focused on the task at hand.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I motivate myself to workhard because of my family because they are too old to work and this is my time to give them back what they done for me for how many years.
2.
I am naturally a hard worker and I always wish to work in a collaborated and organized work environment.
3.
To see the designs and drawings for a product completed correctly and in a timely manner.
4.
Being known as an effective and hard working employee. To have the staff know that if everyone else fails, I can be the go-to guy to get a project completed on/before the due date.
5.
The desire to complete my work, as I'm always determined.
Question 2 of 23
We are looking for drafters that are prepared to handle more duties. How have you advanced beyond simply doing CAD Drafts?
"Currently I am responsible for mentoring my own junior CAD drafter. My current company puts a large emphasis on mentorship and it was a huge compliment to me when I was asked to be a mentor to someone newer to their career. This is because I have a higher than average level of knowledge in regards to our systems, and projects."
Aside from your general duties as a CAD Drafter, what type of tasks are you responsible for that reflect a more senior level sense of responsibility? Share with the hiring manager any additional responsibilities that you have been given in your current, or most recent, role.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have done some design work, Site vibration monitoring.
2.
My current job has allowed me to be able to oversee projects that also draft. It has given me the ability to do a thorough bill of materials so that I can be able to handle doing a quote for a job which includes material, labor and engineering time.
3.
Creating models and assemblies that get the task done and to a high enough degree that engineers dont have to have me redesign it numerous times.
4.
I have assembly experience prior to my Drafting Diploma that gives me insight to more efficient design. I have applied that knowledge to my drafting drawings and feel it makes me be able to create drawings that are easier for shop floor workers to effectively read.
5.
A drafter should spend 50% of their time drafting and the other 50% in the field where their industry is involve.
Question 3 of 23
Do you plan on continuing your education as a drafter?
"I would be happy to upgrade my associates degree into a degree in urban planning. Of course, this would have to be in the form of evening and weekend courses, as I would need to continue to work full time."
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes, because I love learning.
2.
Yes.... In whatever area is needed to continually improve myself.
3.
I plan of continuing my education from my Technical Drafting Diploma and finishing my Mechanical Design Associates Degree.
4.
Yes, because the more I know, the more I can do.
5.
Yes I am going to the college.
Question 4 of 23
What do you enjoy the most about being a drafter?
"I find my career as a CAD drafter to be very rewarding. What I enjoy most is that I am able to work on such a large variety of projects within both architectural and civil engineering. My skills over the years have become vast and there is always more to learn."
Talk to the hiring manager about the most enjoyable aspects of this career. What do you like the most, and why?
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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Running drafting programs and acquiring conceptual knowledge in structure and architecture.
2.
Collecting all the information required for a design and creating the models and drawings in a precise fashion enabling the product to be built to work perfectly.
3.
I enjoy being able to properly annotate how a part is going to be made to have it function efficiently.
4.
The ability to be a fundamental part of a creation process.
5.
Why they should hire you.
Question 5 of 23
Do you enjoy collaborating with others?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes because a company can grow faster when employees are working as a team.
2.
Yes... That is one of the most satisfying parts of this profession.
3.
Yes, I enjoy collaborating with others because when exchanging ideas to resolve an issue it is most beneficial to have the creativity of many for insight to the best way to find a solution.
4.
Yes, because two heads think better than one. Team player.
5.
Yes, it allows you to bounce ideas off of each other and learn from each other.
Question 6 of 23
What design did you have the most difficult time with? What made it difficult?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Sound nail wall because of the pannels adjustment.
2.
Design layout of a critical project wellhead control panel unit that was extremely limited in space and yet required numerous components that had to be laid out and placed correctly in order to be correctly assembled and function properly.
3.
Working on a landscaping project for survey camp at college with AutoCAD was difficult as it was beyond my experience.
4.
On my final project for solid works we had to make an assembly drawing for a vise that was drafted in the 1880's. The annotation of the dimensions was not that helpful and made it difficult to make each part accurate to have it assemble together properly.
5.
A multi radius swimming pool, and trying to meet the wants of the home owner with the needs of the contractors and the guidelines of the county.
Question 7 of 23
Do you enjoy working with other drafters, and sharing work, when needed?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes I enjoy it because I will learn some techniques in drafting and I enjoy it becase in working together, you will be glad if the two of you working together and accomplished together.
2.
Yes, I enjoy a collaborative work environment to accomplish tasks.
3.
Yes, I enjoy working with other drafter if needed.
4.
Yes I do I like to work as a team.
5.
Yes, it helps me learn more on what I can improve as well as help others.
Question 8 of 23
When have you had a dispute with an engineer? What was the disagreement, and how did you two resolve the issue?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Had a dispute over correct implementation of GDT. He refused to see it the way I have been trained to do it and so I went to the engineering manager who sided with me.
2.
I once had a dispute over who should use AutoCAD to start the project. We managed to calm down and compromised.
3.
When I was assembling, we had difficulties putting a fifth wheel on a chassis with multiple trucks. I explained something must have changed in the design of the fifth wheel, or the chassis. We had to take multiple measurements to verify the problem and discovered the tolerance for the fifth wheel assembly was off. We had to try multiple assemblies on each chassis to find the one that would fit the varience of each chassis.
4.
As drafting, I need to listen to my engineering.
5.
I don't have a dispute with a engineer. I have to talk about the view.
Question 9 of 23
When did you discover your specialty? Why did you choose this area of drafting?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
When I graduated from high school, my father opened my mind on civil engineering career, that's when I when to school of civil engineering. Since then I develop my design and drafting skill.
2.
Unsure.... For the satisfaction of a job well done.
3.
I got interested in drafting when I was in a rotating technology course in Grade 9 High School.
4.
It is something that always came naturally to me, and is something that I really enjoyed. I started in 8th grade when I had to design a wooden car that would be powered by CO2
5.
I discovered this during my first year of drafting in vocational technical school. I immediately excelled past the rest of the class, leading me to SkillsUSA.
Question 10 of 23
If I saw your home office right now, what would it look like?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My lap top is my office... Its a lot of knowledge items in.
2.
It looks like the place where I want to work.
3.
Well organized, each item arranged at the appropriate place.
4.
A desk with computer and printer on it, and mostly organized.
5.
Lots of computers, drawing tools, sketches, notebooks, books, and sadly not very organized at the moment,
Question 11 of 23
Our drafters must know this industry very well, how have you gained experience and insight into this industry?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Its a Big industry. Its work not off till World Last day...
2.
I feel that in order for a drafter to be at its full potential he/she should know as much as possible about their work industry. As for myself in my current industry, I know more than enough to make everyone happy and satisfy with my work.
3.
I have be working 10 years on drafting.
4.
I have used all the resources available to me. With the internet today there are many training videos that will help walk you through the more detailed designs that you may have to create.
5.
I have done research on your company and love the idea of designing these floor layouts.
Question 12 of 23
If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
A Good Approved Final design..Make Reagain.
2.
Some times it's boring when there's no work to do.
3.
I don't think I dislike anything about the practise.
4.
The fact that is not a skill that is well appreciated by others, and its largely underestimated.
5.
Being under appreciated like my job is not an important part of getting a job completed.
Question 13 of 23
Tell me about your education. What was your favorite course and why?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have graduated from school of civil engineering, Obtained a cad drafter certificate from accredited school.
2.
3 years mechanical drawing in high school, 2 year degree in drafting and design, numerous Solidworks training sessions and a completed course in GDT
3.
I had four years of CAD experience from High School and three years from Cambrian College.
4.
I took CAD courses at Community College of Philadelphia in order to update and upgrade my architectural CAD drafter skills in 2012. I took course work in Introduction to Design and Construction, CAD Basics, Digital Rendering in Documentation and Construction, and Revit Architecture after I took on the job CAD training beginning in 1995 since I did mostly some drafting work and office duties from 1991 to 1995.
5.
Ever since little watching and helping relatives who are Engineers and Architects wit their projects developed a joy in drawing for me. Reason why I like to draft in my free time.
Question 14 of 23
What are your short- term career goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To accel at different fields of civil engineering.
2.
To work in continuous large projects, till my last breath.
3.
To eventually be good enough of a designer to be tasked with doing the more intricate designs that the company needs completed, or to obtain enough experience and knowledge to eventually train other drafters.
4.
I hope to successful enter the managerial field in engineering.
5.
To be on a design team to create all shapes and sizes for customers to build.
Question 15 of 23
What makes you a better drafter than the next person?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My experience, honesty, my collaboration with others and attendance.
2.
I dont know the next guy but I would place my dedication and perserverance up against anyone.
3.
I believe that I can be better than the other next guy is that I am a detailed oriented CAD drafting person with experience, patience, and in the name of maturity where I can handle the stress of this job requires me to do it just as make sure that I get the work done on time.
4.
That I care for what I do, and that I am willing to go the extra mile.
5.
Working with CAD doesn't really seem like a job to me. You tell me that I am going to get paid to sit at my computer and create things all day that will eventually be manufactured and be put in to use on a submarine. That's something I find fun and would strive to do my best at.
Question 16 of 23
Tell me about your biggest mistake during a draft. How did you correct it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I did not correct a mistake done by my colleague. Since then I always collaborate.
2.
Back when first using Solidworks I failed to import some critical dimensions correctly and got called out on it. I placed that in my permanent brain memory as a lesson.
3.
One of the most common biggest makes I make were I must be able to make sure that the drawings being asked to be incorporated into CAD design, because it is my responsibility to make sure that all lines of communications are in order to conceive with clarity on architectural projects.
4.
I've made very few minor mistakes, and luckily I was able to fix them in time before they became critical.
5.
I was designing a robotic arm and hand and I accidentally forgot to put in a joint that needed to be there. I cut out the solid part that was in that place, and created a joint of the same size that would work how I wanted it to.
Question 17 of 23
What are you passionate about, outside of this career?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Reading, traveling and playing soccer.
2.
I am interested and passionate about taking painting and drawing classes. I took those classes at Fleisher Art Memorial, Main Line Art Center, and Wayne Art Center. Also, I usually go to the Philadelphia Art Museum, Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, and the art galleries in Old City and Chestnut Hill.
3.
Learning about various things such history, science, engineering, the world.
4.
I used to scanned things and print it to 3d printing.
5.
Being a volunteer firefighter. You get to save lives and property and it is a thankless job. I do it because it is something I enjoy, and I get to help people at the same time.
Question 18 of 23
How do you stay focused on your work throughout the day?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I always try to be connected to my job assignment daily. And try to be less distracted as much as possible.
2.
I was able to stay focused on to be on the same page with the architectural team to work on specifications, construction documentation, to work on the design aspects of the buildings that needs to be revised and edited for any other drawings, and mostly importantly I was able to get in touch with other drafters and architects to go over front elevations, roof framing, and windows in the name of architectural design.
3.
After focusing on work for a time that fits the task at hand I always try to get up and walk around for few minutes to clear the head and then re-focus.
4.
I actually have a difficult time staying focus for long periods of time, so I like to research, and read about things that I need to be working on, while I am working on it.
5.
I know the work I do is important, and if I mess up there can be dire consequences. I try to keep myself from being distracted, and if I find myself getting distracted I go do something else for a few minutes, then come back and refocus.
Question 19 of 23
Can you do layouts on your own?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am not sure I fully understand the question.
2.
I can. I have designed several layouts for projects that were just for fun.
3.
No, the only experience that I have at the moment is in the classroom. I believe that I will be able to quickly learn how to complete layouts on my own but I am not ready to complete layouts without supervision at this time.
4.
Yes I can create a layout on my own.
5.
Yes and I can adjust to company standards of layouts.
Question 20 of 23
Why did you go to technical school to be a drafter?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It was necessary to me as a civil engineering technician.
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Because I knew that drafting and design is what I wanted to do as a professional career.
3.
Because its the one with the most friendly schedule, and the teachers were more supportive.
4.
The reason why I went to CCP in 2012, because I was laid off after architectural company was closed in 2009 due to the economic downturn of 2008. This made me realized that I had to update and upgrade CAD skills in order to sell my job skills to renter back into the architectural field as the housing market continues to improve in this economy.
5.
I did not go to technical school, my parents did not let me because they thought I would get a better education at a public high school. I wanted to go to a technical school for drafting, so once I started high school I took all the design classes that they would let me.
Question 21 of 23
Would you consider yourself more creative, or technical minded?
Question 22 of 23
Tell me about the most complicated schematic drawing you have had to create.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It was a civil drawing and I am not yet a civil person.
Question 23 of 23
What area of drafting are you most interested in - Architectural, Civil or Mechanical?
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