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POET CAD Drafter in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of biofuels in the world.


POET Design & Construction supports the mission by providing high quality, timely and cost-conscious engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. We provide this support through value-added design and technology innovation from a knowledgeable, hard-working staff. We work closely as a multi-disciplinary team, in a dynamic, fast-paced, ever-changing environment delivering the best product in the industry.


POET is looking for a CAD Drafter with previous engineering support experience. A CAD Drafter is responsible for the development of complete and accurate CAD models, drawings, and design documents for systems using AutoCAD and other Computer Aided Design software tools. A CAD Drafter works under the close guidance of Designers and Engineers across multiple engineering disciplines to not only develop knowledge and skills but also to create proper construction documents. The CAD Drafter is required to have knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within the engineering industry.


  • Dedicated drafting support to the engineering teams.

  • Create and modify CAD piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID’s) under close supervision of the CAD Systems Manager. Update and modify P&ID’s based on on-line comments and mark-ups from designers, engineers, and managers.

  • Create and modify 3D CAD models under close supervision from designers, engineers, and managers.

  • Create and modify assembly, erection, fabrication, detail, and other drawings; modify drawings based on mark-ups from Designers, Engineers, and Managers from Mechanical, Milling and Material Handling, Structural, and Civil.

  • Maintain CAD files and drawings based on POET Standards and office procedures.

  • Read and comprehend design drawings and equipment data sheets.

  • Perform site visits to measure and confirm design requirements.

  • Provide information, when needed, for cost estimating.

  • Meet all safety, budget, and schedule requirements.

  • Assist with on-site commissioning and start-up activities.

  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.

  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.

  • At POET, we’re all on the same team. We all help out with responsibilities that may not be specifically listed here.


  • Associate’s degree or greater in CAD Drafting or equivalent experience preferred.

  • Civil engineering design and/or drafting experience preferred.

  • Knowledge of AutoCAD based drafting systems.

  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to adapt to change.

  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s our code.

  • This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values. Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments. This position operates in an office environment, as well as a plant, and/or construction environment. The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.

  • Sitting for approximately 90% of the time while working on a personal computer.

  • 15% travel with some overnight stays is required during commissioning efforts. Specific physical requirements during commissioning include:

  • Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60) pounds or less.

  • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.

  • Occasionally bending, twisting, and turning while lifting weights of less than fifty (50) pounds.

  • Walking of two (2) or more miles per day.

  • Working at heights, in confined spaces, and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.

  • Standing for extended periods of time.

  • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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Job ID2020-4159

Employment TypeRegular Full-Time



Travel RequiredNone

Position Location(s)US-SD-Sioux Falls

FLSA StatusNon-Exempt