See also drafter. For the board game piece, see Draughts.

A draughtsman or draftsman (the former more often in the UK, the latter more often in the US), is a person skilled in drawing, either:

A draftsman, spelled the same way in both British and American English, is also an individual who drafts (i.e. draws up) documents, especially for official purposes.

A draftsperson is an artist skilled in technical drawing. The 'skill' is to draw complex instructions precisely and accurately. The 'art' is to arrange that information in an organised way which is also easily readable.

Drafting includes any task that utilizes graphics to convey instructions to another person. Commonly this is associated with the making of plans for structures or mechanical devices before they are built.

Disciplines of drafting include: Civil, Structural, Architectural, Plumbing, Cartography, Electrical, Thermodynamics (and HVAC), Mechanical, Hydraulics, Telecommunications, Materials, Aerodynamics, and Archaeology.

Alternate spellings include draughtsperson, draughtsman, draftsman, drafter or drafties.

CAD, or computer aided design, is the principal tool used by drafters to create drawings or plans. AutoCAD, MicroStation, Archicad, Vector Works, Allplan, Tekla Structures are some popular CAD software packages out of many.

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  • Draughtsman — Draughts man, n.; pl. {Draughtsmen}. 1. One who draws pleadings or other writings. [1913 Webster] 2. One who draws plans and sketches of machinery, structures, and places; also, more generally, one who makes drawings of any kind. [1913 Webster] 3 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draughtsman — 1660s, from gen. of DRAUGHT (Cf. draught) + MAN (Cf. man) …   Etymology dictionary

  • draughtsman — (or draughtswoman) ► NOUN 1) a person who makes detailed technical plans or drawings. 2) an artist skilled in drawing. 3) variant spelling of DRAFTSMAN(Cf. ↑draftsman). DERIVATIVES draughtsmanship noun …   English terms dictionary

  • draughtsman — [drafts′mən, dräftsmən] n. pl. draughtsmen [drafts′mən, dräftsmən] 1. Brit. sp. of DRAFTSMAN 2. Brit. any of the pieces used in playing draughts draughtsmanship n …   English World dictionary

  • draughtsman — [[t]drɑ͟ːftsmən, dræ̱fts [/t]] draughtsmen (in AM, use draftsman) 1) N COUNT A draughtsman is someone whose job is to prepare very detailed drawings of machinery, equipment, or buildings. 2) N COUNT: usu adj N If someone is a good draughtsman,… …   English dictionary

  • draughtsman — UK [ˈdrɑːftsmən] / US [ˈdræftsmən] noun [countable] Word forms draughtsman : singular draughtsman plural draughtsmen UK [ˈdrɑːftsmən] / US [ˈdræftsmən] 1) someone whose job is to draw the plans for something that people are going to make or build …   English dictionary

  • draughtsman — chiefly British variant of draftsman …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • draughtsman — /drafts meuhn, drahfts /, n., pl. draughtsmen. Brit. 1. a checker, as used in the game of checkers. 2. draftsman (defs. 1 4). [1655 65; DRAUGHT + S3 + MAN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • draughtsman — noun /ˈdɹɑːftsmən/ a) A person skilled at drawing engineering or architectural plans. b) A piece in the game of draughts (checkers). Syn: d …   Wiktionary

  • draughtsman — Synonyms and related words: CD, IOU, MO, abbreviation, abbreviature, abrege, abridgment, abstract, acceptance, acceptance bill, air current, arrangement, article, attraction, autograph, bag, bang, bank acceptance, bank check, beverage, bill, bill …   Moby Thesaurus

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