Steel Draftsperson

Steel Draftsperson

Structural engineering draftspeople provide technical support to structural engineers. They assist in the design of structural projects such as buildings, bridges and towers by preparing the detailed plans and drawings to the engineer’s design and specifications.

Steel draftspeople 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 draftsperson do?

Studies blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine job requirements

Creates electronic plans using 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting (CAD)

Helps prepare tenders and design documentation for projects

Carries out site inspections of completed works for design engineers

Plays a key role in creating all project documentation

Helps maintain standardisation of steelwork framing and connections

What qualifications do I need?

Getting into a diploma course requires the completion of Year 12, preferably with a maths subject under your belt. It is encouraged that you undertake a cadetship while you are working in the industry.

Examples of TAFE courses:

  • Certificate III in Computer Aided Drafting Certificate III in Drafting
  • Certificate IV in Building Drafting or Drafting Trade (Structural Design) Diploma of Civil Engineering (Drafting) Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering (Structural Design)

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

Once you have some experience and a qualification, your earning potential will increase. A fully qualified detailer with experience can expect an average salary of around $70,000.

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.