THE SAFE 47 office with men selected as a result of an examination held by the firm. Where this course is adopted, the examination is confined to the firm's own apprentices who have had at least two and a half years' shop experience. Those who receive the highest marks come up to the drawing office if their works record is satisfactory, and this policy ensures a leaven of practical experience in the drawing-office staff. Design of the Drawing Office.—Another point of organization which Fig. 17.—Arrangement of Offices is worth consideration is the disposition of the various drawing-office depart- ments. It is advisable to have them all on one flat, if possible. Certainly all should be in close proximity, and the chief draughtsman's room should be in a central position and easily accessible to all departments. A very satisfactory arrangement is shown in fig. 17. The method of arranging the boards, the question of how they shall face, and how the light shall come in, the convenience of lockers, the places to lay drawings, the height and position of them to entail minimum fatigue, &c., must all be carefully considered.