Steel Detailer

Steel Detailer

Steel detailers specialise in preparing shop drawings for the manufacture and erection of the steel framework used in the construction of buildings, bridges and other structures. To do this, they use 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting (CAD) software. Steel detailers are also referred to as construction modellers.

Steel detailers can move into various roles, such as structural designers or project managers. They can also advance to senior designer and design manager positions, overseeing the creation of steel structures.

What does a steel detailer do?

Extracts information needed by the steel fabricator from the engineer’s drawings

Creates shop drawings with material dimensions, welding, bolting and surface treatments

Creates layout guidelines to ensure the seamless installation and erection of steelwork

Determines the type of material suited for each task based on design plans and codes

Coordinates with team members to schedule material delivery and construction activities

Develops detailed 2D and 3D models to detect clashes and track design changes

What qualifications do I need?

A cadetship is an excellent way of earning while you learn to become a detailer. A diploma can be undertaken after Year 12, with studies in maths preferable. 

Examples of TAFE courses:

  • Certificate III in Computer Aided Drafting 
  • Certificate III in Drafting Trades
  • Certificate IV in Drafting Trade (Structural Design) 
  • Diploma in Engineering (Computer Aided Drafting) 
  • Diploma of Engineering Technology

What skills do I need?

  • Teamwork and communication skills 
  • Problem solving and critical thinking 
  • An aptitude for working with computers 
  • Good spatial visualisation and logic 
  • Ability to read plans and drawings 
  • Attention to detail and precision

Average Salary

A typical entry level position starts from $70,000 per year and with more experience and expertise can increase to $130,000 + per year*.

*Salary or wage variations may depend on region and state, industry sector or the amount of overtime worked.

Why opt for a career in steel?

The steel industry has a profound impact on our daily lives. From the cars we drive, and the houses we live in, to the roads and bridges we travel across every day, the steel industry shapes our world. With a career in steel, students can play a part in this vital industry. Access our resources below to engage your students with the steel industry.