Drafting Organization and Management

Drafting Organization and Management

In most businesses, the drafting function is either structured or unstructured. Large- and medium-sized businesses usually maintain structured drafting functions organized to fulfill their needs. Structured means that drafting is organized as a functional entity with direct lines of responsibility clearly established. Usually this organizational entity includes subentities in support of the businessís needs.

Most small businesses operate effectively with an unstructured drafting function. Unstructured means that drafting is not organized as a function entity. Lines of responsibility are not established in the structured sense; rather, design engineering is usually assigned all or part of the drafting function. In some cases, depending on the type of product being generated, the responsibility may be shared by engineering and manufacturing.

Obviously, there are many organizational variations other than the typical ones described in this section. They may be influenced by a variety of factors such as design and documentation complexities necessitated by the product, the organizationís maturity, the engineering interfaces, the size of the operation, whether the product serves the military or commercial markets, etc. In all cases the common objective is to establish a drafting organization that will permit the management of drafting work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Included in such management is the development of applicable drafting standards and procedures. This section therefore provides basic guidance and rationale in the area of drafting organization and management.