Engineering vs. Design/Drafting

Hello, My name is Josie and I have a 15 year old daughter interested in engineering and design/drafting. I have been trying to find out what is the difference between engineering and design/drafting? Can you please give me a response? Also can you direct me to my local engineering and design/drafting groups? I live in Southern California. Thank you. - Josie
posted by Josie on April 2, 2012

Answer by Panadda Marayong

Hi Josie! By design/drafting are you referring to making mechanical drawings of parts/structures or design/drafting in the artistic sense? In the first case, I would say design/drafting is related to engineering; however, the engineering design process is much more involved. All engineering disciplines will involve some aspects of design. First, there are many kinds of engineering such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and biomedical engineering. For example, electrical engineers may design circuits which may involve drawing of the circuit on a computer. Civil engineers may design buildings. Design is a big part, and in order to do it correctly we need to apply the mathematical and scientific concepts that we learn. For example, for a mechanical engineer to design a part or a system, he/she needs to determine the material strength, system safety, etc. Once the design is created, the engineer may send it to a drafter who then creates a mechanical drawing which a machinist can use as a reference when building the part. I would suggest visiting some universities in your area to learn more about engineering. I don't know much about design/drafting companies in Southern California unfortunately. Hope this helps! -Nim