[Online] Working as a Lighting Draftsperson

The Lighting Draftsperson is a new and evolving role within Local 728. Its continued development and importance to production significantly benefits and promotes the Lighting Department, brings efficiency to the production process, and strengthens the position of Local 728 with more skills that require advanced technical training.
Day 1 of this class is the "Role of the Lighting Draftsperson" presentation.  Participation in the first day is required for participation in the second two days.

Days 2 and 3 will expand from the first day's presentation to develop workflow practices that accomplishes the objectives of the Lighting Draftsperson.  These days emphasize hands-on practice in Vectorworks, in which we will walk through examples of creating all sorts of models and deliverables.  Major exercises include: Building a Template File, Use of Classes and Layers, Use of Sheet Layers, Performing 3D Walkthroughs and Creating Renderings, Inventory Management, Lighting Position Use, Complex Fixture Work, Digital Lighting Console Assets, and others... 

The teaching style will include overview examples, step-by-step guidance, and on your own practice time with the instructor available for support.


  • Prerequisites: Participants should have basic competency in Vectorworks Spotlight, including an understanding of how to use the Basic Tool Set, the 3D Tool Set, the Spotlight Tool Set, and the Building Tool Set, the Object Information Palette, the Navigation Palette, and the Resource BrowserDO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. The "Role of the Lighting Draftsperon" is appropriate for people with little to no working knowledge of Vectorworks.
  • Participants should have a laptop computer capable of supporting Vectorworks Spotlight 2023 (refer to this link if you are unsure: https://www.vectorworks.net/sysreq). 
  • If you do not have a working copy of Vectorworks installed on your computer, please contact the Local 728 Training Director to obtain a copy of the Vectorworks software.
  • This is a Local 728 sponsored class, so there are no Safety Pass requirements.
  • There will be a walk away lunch for this class. Please bring lunch with you or be prepared to go out.
  • A lottery may be required for this class, please see the Additional Information section for more details.


Class Date: 

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 4:00pm to Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 8:00pm



Additional Information: 

Due to some unexpected situations, our instructor Sada Chalk needs to do this class remotely from Australia and we are shifting the class to online with a change of time to accommodate the time zones between here and Australia. The class will be help on the following dates and times: October 2 @ 4pm - 8pm (Workflow part 1) October 3 @ 4pm - 8pm (Workflow part 2) October 4 @ 4pm - 8pm (Workflow part 3) October 5 @ 4pm - 8pm (Workflow part 4) PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.
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Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians

1001 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91506

(818) 954-0728


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