Traditional drafting (hand-drawn and hand-erased plans) disappeared at least 25 years ago. The Craft is now called CAD (computer-aided drafting). AutoCAD is a widely used utility, but there are several others. You import standard designs from the Web and then electronically change them to fit the specific engineering design. A closely-related skill is GIS (geographic information system) that generally uses electronic mapped information. The most widely used GIS utility is ESRI's ArcGIS. Both skills are can be learned in a 2-year vocational class at many junior colleges. Cad Operators are valued and there is a considerable demand for them at engineering consulting firms and govt. agencies.
You should also note that basic CAD and GIS skills are taught to engineering students, as this is a critical skill for them, as well.
Peter recommends the following next steps:
- If you are still in high school, you should talk to your Counselor about a career in CAD. You can also look up several junior colleges in your area to see which offer CAD Certification. Then visit one of these colleges and talk with the CAD Department.