State of Maryland

DRAFTER III (#001391)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $35,041.00-$57,195.00 Yearly






A Drafter III is the supervisory level of drafting work.  Employees in this classification are responsible for the training, work assignments, production schedules, work review, and evaluation of a group of skilled Drafters.  The work of this classification includes resolving all technical problems of lower-level Drafters and ensuring the sufficiency and accuracy of all drafting work under their supervision of these employees.  Employees in this classification supervise lower-level Drafters.

Employees in this classification receive direct technical supervision from higher-level engineering personnel in the area of designs standards and general supervision in the area of work production methods.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Drafter III is differentiated from the Drafter II in that the Drafter III has supervisory responsibility for lower-level Drafters while the Drafter II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Produces completed plan sheets and typical cross sections for a large project from survey notes, computations, design sketches or photogrametrics;

Designs grade lines, intersection layouts, and typical cross sections from rural highway plans of moderate complexity;

Drafts and lays out major or complex bridges and structures from designer’s notes and sketches; computes dimensions, angles, clearance requirements, grade elevations, and curves;

Prepares and supervises completion of right-of-way plats;

Assembles information necessary to develop alignment studies;

Supervises plotting of topographic maps, cross sections, and profiles;

Assists in developing alignment and grade studies to determine highway locations;

Computes grading, paving, structure, and drainage quantities for cost estimates;

Assists in assembling input information and electronic computer applications;

Assists in developing information required to make field surveys of approved alignments;

Directs and reviews the drafting of final construction plans and right-of-way plats;

Supervises skilled and semi-skilled Drafters in all phases of their duties;

Performs complex engineering computations requiring independent judgment and a thorough knowledge of drafting methods;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering drafting and map drafting;

Knowledge of the terminology, conventional symbols, and sources of drafting information obtained and used in the field; algebra, plane geometry, and trigonometry and English;

Knowledge of theoretical and practical elementary engineering techniques;

Knowledge of highway construction methods and materials or building methods and materials;

Ability to work effectively with other units, government officials, and the public;

Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of other Drafters; to use drafting instruments and to latter neatly;

Ability to perform surveys, coordinate, curve, grade, earthwork drainage, and other computations and adjustments.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Four years of experience in drafting work.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Architecture and Engineering classifications or Architecture, Civil, Electrical or Mechanical specialty codes in the Engineering field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.




Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit B, Administrative, Technical and Clerical classes.  As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.   An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305. 

Date Revised

August 31, 2018 

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 001391; REV: 8/31/2018;

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