ok, so right now, I’m about six months out of school with a BFA in ID, working as a drafter because it pays better than flipping burgers. I finally got tired of drafting and told my boss, who knows I don’t like being a drafter that I think we needed to talk about my career and future here at this company.
I’m not tooting my horn here, but even though I don’t want to be a drafter, it would be pretty crappy to just screw around all day and not give it my best effort, and as such my boss has offered me a promotion.
I am trying to find areas in which to apply my design education but sometimes I feel like if I keep working here, I’m going to push myself out of competition for the design positions I want.
I’m going to post the description here, and am looking to see if anyone would hire me if this was the type of experience I had. There are a few points that I could push on a resume but I’m not sure.
Tell me what you think.
I. Summary or Primary Function:
The Mechanical Designer participates in the selection of components and design details to create a good design which, indirectly, affects sales volume. This position also requires the efficient performance of a job as well as the direction of any subordinates that can impact the work accomplished versus the budget.
II. Key Result Areas and Activities:
A. Layout and design specific areas as assigned per (the companies) procedures and Standards.
B. Perform calculations required to complete work assignments
regarding weight, fit, function, stress, etc.
C. Verify and check drawings and parts lists for accuracy.
D. Assist in systems development as required such as drafting
standards, parts list systems, computer programming.
E. Direct work of one to four drafters.
F. Make parts lists and detail drawings when required.
G. Work with a minimum amount of supervision because of experience
and technical competency.
H. Support engineers on design projects.
I. Contact vendors to gather technical data on purchased components.
J. Assist and train contract personnel to provide them with technical and
K. Travel occasionally to support Engineering, Sales & Service
III. Required Minimum Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
A. Adequate formal schooling to handle technical areas associated with
the position and be aware of up-to-date techniques related to this
B. Interpersonal skills - Ability to interact with persons both above and
below this position.
C. AutoCad - Ability to create clear concise drawings using AutoCad.
D. Computer knowledge - MS Word, Works, Windows 95, etc.
IV. Desired Education, Training and Experience:
A. 2 or more years of Vocational school in design and drafting
techniques as well as advanced courses in the applicable technical
B. Minimum 2 years experience using AutoCad.
C. Minimum 3 years experience in a related mechanical field.
V. Licenses and Certification:
VI. Working Conditions:
A. Office Environment
B. Occasional travel
Supervise drafting personnel to generate detail drawing, diagrams, parts list, etc.