Marine engineering drafter


Marine engineering drafters convert the marine engineers’ designs into technical drawings usually using software. Their drawings detail dimensions, fastening and assembling methods and other specifications used in the manufacture of all types of boats from pleasure crafts to naval vessels, including submarines.

The duties of a marine engineering drafter typically include:

  • Creating technical drawings and blueprints for marine vessels and offshore structures
  • Developing detailed plans and schematics using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Collaborating with engineers, architects, and project managers to ensure designs meet technical and safety requirements
  • Incorporating feedback and modifications into designs to ensure functionality and efficiency
  • Researching and staying up-to-date with new technologies and materials relevant to marine engineering drafting
  • Reviewing and verifying accuracy of technical documentation, such as specifications, instructions, and manuals.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to marine engineering drafter:

marine engineering drafting specialist
marine engineering draughtsperson
marine drafter
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marine draughter
marine engineering drafting expert
marine engineering drafting adviser
marine engineering draughter
marine engineering drafting consultant
shipbuilding drafter
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naval engineering drafter
marine draftsperson

Working conditions

Marine engineering drafters work in office settings using CAD software and other drafting tools to produce technical drawings and blueprints. They may also be required to visit shipyards, offshore platforms, or other construction sites to collect field data and coordinate with other professionals involved in the construction process. The job may involve working on tight deadlines and in a fast-paced environment, with occasional overtime or weekend work required.

Minimum qualifications

To become a marine engineering drafter, you typically need a post-secondary education in mechanical engineering, naval architecture, or a related field, as well as proficiency in CAD software and other drafting tools. Some employers may require additional certifications or licenses in marine engineering or drafting. Relevant work experience is also highly valued in this field. Strong attention to detail, analytical skills, and effective communication are essential qualities for success in this role.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Marine engineering drafter is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Marine engineering drafter career path

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of marine engineering drafter. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of marine engineering drafter with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of marine engineering drafter.

  • Engineering principles: The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.
  • Mechanics of vessels: The mechanics involved in boats and ships. Understand the technicalities and participate in discussions over related topics in order to solve problems related to the mechanics.
  • CADD software: The computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) is the use of computer technology for design and design documentation. CAD software replaces manual drafting with an automated process.
  • Design drawings: Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.
  • Mathematics: Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.
  • Technical drawings: Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.
  • Engineering processes: The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.
  • CAE software: The software to perform computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysis tasks such as Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  • ICT software specifications: The characteristics, use and operations of various software products such as computer programmes and application software.
  • Mechanics: Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of marine engineering drafter.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of marine engineering drafter. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Material mechanics: The behaviour of solid objects when subjected to stresses and strains, and the methods to calculate these stresses and strains.
  • Electromechanics: The engineering processes that combine electrical and mechanical engineering in the application of electromechanics in devices that need electricity to create mechanical movement or devices that create electricity by mechanical movement.
  • Physics: The natural science involving the study of matter, motion, energy, force and related notions.
  • Stealth technology: The techniques used to make aircraft, ships, missiles and satellites less detectable to radars and sonars. This includes the design of particular shapes and the development of radar-absorbent material.
  • Fluid mechanics: The characteristics and properties of fluids, including gases, liquids and plasmas, at rest and in motion, and the forces on them.
  • 3D modelling: The process of developing a mathematical representation of any three-dimensional surface of an object via specialised software. The product is called a 3D model. It can be displayed as a two-dimensional image through a process called 3D rendering or used in a computer simulation of physical phenomena. The model can also be physically created using 3D printing devices.
  • CAD software: The computer-aided design (CAD) software for creating, modifying, analysing or optimising a design.
  • Manual draughting techniques: Techniques used for creating detailed drawings of designs by using specialised pencils, rulers, templates and scales.
  • Guidance, navigation and control: The engineering discipline that deals with the design and development of systems that can control the motion of automobiles, ships, space- and aircraft. It includes control over vehicle’s trajectory from its present location to a designated target and vehicle’s speed and altitude.
  • Product data management: The use of software to track all information concerning a product such as technical specifications, drawings, design specifications, and production costs.
  • Synthetic natural environment: The simulation and representation of components of physical world such as climate, weather and space where military systems exist in order to obtain information and perform tests.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of marine engineering drafter. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Adjust engineering designs: Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.
  • Use manual draughting techniques: Use non-computerised draughting techniques to make detailed drawings of designs by hand with specialised tools such as pencils, rulers and templates.
  • Create a product’s virtual model: Create a mathematical or three-dimensional computer graphic model of the product by using a CAE system or a calculator.
  • Archive documentation related to the work: Select relevant documentation related to the ongoing or complete work and take steps to archive it in a way that ensures its future accessibility.
  • Ensure vessel compliance with regulations: Inspect vessels, vessel components, and equipment; ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
  • Use CAD software: Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.
  • Draw blueprints: Draw layout specifications for machinery, equipment and building structures. Specify which materials should be used and the size of the components. Show different angles and views of the product.
  • Develop assembly instructions: Develop a code of letters and numbers to label diagrams for assembly instructions.
  • Render 3D images: Use specialised tools to convert 3D wire frame models into 2D images with 3D photorealistic effects or non-photorealistic rendering on a computer.

ISCO group and title

3118 – Draughtspersons

  1. Marine engineering drafter – ESCO
Last updated on May 8, 2023