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Job Description: 

A draughtsperson produces technical plans and drawings utilized by various industries to construct buildings, machines, mechanical and electronic equipment and public works systems


Draughtspersons prepare technical drawings, maps and illustrations from sketches, measurements and other data, and copy final drawings and paintings onto printing plates.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • preparing and revising working drawings from sketches and specifications prepared by engineers and designers for the manufacture, installation and erection of machinery and equipment or for the construction, modification, maintenance and repair of buildings, dams, bridges, roads and other architectural and civil engineering projects
  • operating computer-aided design and drafting equipment to create, modify and generate hard-copy and digital representations of working drawings
  • operating digitizing table or similar equipment to transfer hard-copy representation of working drawings, maps and other curves to digital form
  • preparing and revising illustrations for reference works, brochures and technical manuals dealing with the assembly, installation, operation, maintenance and repair of machinery and other equipment and goods
  • copying drawings and paintings onto stone or metal plates for printing
  • preparing wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for manufacture, installation, and repair of electrical equipment in factories, power plants, and buildings
  • creating detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information
  • arranging for completed drawings to be reproduced for use as working drawings

Uses traditional tools such as T-squares and draughting pencils as well as computer-aided design and draughting (CADD) resources to perform job; Includes specific proprietary CAAD programs, sketches and uses other related software programs

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  • 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
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective production of goods
  • Drafting systems, techniques and equipment - Knowledge of drafting equipment and materials, equipment maintenance and troubleshooting processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective production of quality blueprints, drawings, sketches, and models
  • Design - Knowledge of design and processing techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Engineering Fundamentals - Knowledge of engineering principles and concepts, theories, techniques and processes across the range of engineering disciplines that include designing, testing, troubleshooting, using, repairing, and maintaining engineering systems, installations and equipment
  • Coordination of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly measure and estimate exact positions
  • English (Technical) Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the engineering related technical English terminologies
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant engine
  • Work Context: 

    Usually work in draughting offices with regular hours, however may be required to visit a range of worksites and discuss with architects, engineers, contractors, technicians and other allied personnel as to the accuracy, currency and augmentations to site buildings, structures and surroundings to explain, update or modify or drawings, maps and illustration.


    Certificate or Diploma in drafting or related engineering discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 - 4 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    ADWEA, TRANSCO, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Dubai Electricity and Water (DEWA), Road Transport Authority, Emirate municipalities.

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 5,000 and less than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Draughtsperson - Technical illustrator
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Cartographer - Survey
    Other training in technical areas may be obtained in the Armed Forces. Many military technical training programs are highly regarded by employers. Engineering draughtspersons usually begin by performing routine duties under the close supervision of an experienced technician, technologist, engineer, or scientist. As they gain experience, they are given more difficult assignments with only general supervision. Some engineering technicians eventually become supervisors. CADD training may be a requirement. Many employers also prefer applicants show demonstrated abilities in design, mathematical calculations and science.

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    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi