Second rule of employment :
Ask. And keep on asking.
You don't say where your work is located, but in most countries there are
established standards for technical drawing, and someone in your
workplace will (or should) know what they are :-)
Standards usually cover plan dimensions (paper sizes), dimensioning of
drawings, units, minimum lettering size, standard symbols, common
abbreviations, what should be on title blocks etc.
The stuff in your workplace may be personalised to the organisation, but
should still comply with the standard.
At my first CAD job, I had to sign a letter that said I was always going to
comply with the extensive and well documented company cad standards manual.
Still, I found many situation that the standards did not seem to cover, so I
would ask the CAD priestess what I should do in EVERY one of these
situations, no matter how small. I feared that I was risking being a PITA,
but I signed this letter that said if I deviated from the protocol, I'd have
to make it good on my own time. I figured if they were going to insist on
having it a certain way, then they owed me an explanation of what they
They soon came to the conclusion that I was not your typical CAD cowboy,
which was the most common problem for them, and these were not stupid
questions I was asking. I quickly earned their respect as a draftsman, and
then as a CAD operator, and they soon even gave me special dispensation to
modify their protocol on a complex job I was doing alone. I wanted to try
this thing called "paperspace", as it seemed to have a bunch of advantages.
If the OP is straight out of high school, it's safe to assume that they are
not paying him to know everything already, and unless he's misrepresented
himself to get the job, the employer should have to expect questions while
such an inexperience pup gets up to speed. Ask away!
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