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Electrical drafters produce precise technical drawings, instructions, plans, diagrams and schematics. They also provide information which indicates how equipment, devices, parts or structures will be fabricated, constructed, assembled or modified.

Electrical drafters prepare drawings for the production of machinery, automobiles, appliances, aircraft and other items. They also produce wiring and layout diagrams and other engineering information for electrical equipment utilized in power plants, communication centers and buildings. Electrical drafters are also asked to provide technical drawing for large and small electrical systems.

Electrical drafters have a thorough understanding of design techniques and the principles involved in producing technical plans, models and drawings. They must be knowledgeable in the practical application of electrical technology. They also need the skills required to work with computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) systems.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare drawings, schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Determine needs and product requirements to produce a design
  • Measure factors which affect the installation and arrangement of equipment
  • Make sure drawings conform to standards and regulations
  • Review drawings with production and installation workers
  • Write technical reports
  • Produce documentation packages
  • Consider the costs of electrical components used in projects
  • Draw master sketches to scale which display the relation of a proposed installation to an existing facility
  • Provide drawings with exact specifications and dimensions
  • Analyze drawings and cost estimates for accuracy
  • Consult with engineers and other co-workers to resolve problems

Job Characteristics

Electrical drafters typically spend a lot of time in a comfortable work environment. They spend the majority of their time at computer terminals performing detailed work. Some of the important factors for the profession include electrical knowledge, mathematical skills and recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of different types of solutions. Electrical drafters also need to be detailed oriented. In addition, good communication skills are helpful.

Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects a 3% to 6% growth rate for electrical drafters from 2006 to 2016, which is a slower rate than the average rate for all occupations. Employment growth in the profession will depend primarily on industrial growth. The need for electrical drafters may also increase due to drafters performing procedures typically given to engineers and architects. However, advancements in CADD systems allow simple procedures to be accomplished easier which may decrease the demand for lower skilled drafters since these procedures may be performed by other technical professionals. Also, outsourcing of electrical drafting work may increase since CADD files can be sent to workers abroad via the Internet. A large number of the industries that hire electrical drafters are effected by the cyclical changes of the economy.

Electrical and electronics drafters combined usually have about 14% of the drafting jobs. The median annual earnings in 2007 for electrical drafters was $49,250. In 2006 their were approximately 35,000 electrical drafting positions. Electrical drafters with strong technical skills, who have at least two years of post-secondary training and have experience working with CADD systems are projected to have the best opportunities for employment.

Electrical Drafting Training, Certification, and Licensing

Electrical drafters need to be highly skilled at drafting and design and have the knowledge required to work with CADD systems. The necessary training is available at some vocational schools and community colleges and by the armed forces. Some schools offer two-year associate degrees in drafting. The quality of training at these schools may vary.

The majority of four-year colleges do not provide degrees in drafting. However, many of the colleges provide CADD classes in their architecture, engineering and computer science programs. Also, the non-CADD coursework provided in these programs are helpful in the profession. In addition, the American Design Drafting Association provides a certification program for drafters. Students who are interested in a career in electrical drafting may want to ask prospective employers for the names of the schools they prefer.

Resources

Major Employers

Major employers include engineering firms, architectural companies, the power distribution industry and major manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft and appliances.

Schools for Electrical And Electronics Drafters are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Electrical and Electronics Drafters

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Electrical and Electronics Drafters jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 190 $73,270
Hoover 110 $52,410
Birmingham 110 $52,410
Mobile 40 $58,570
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $69,350
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 730 $52,860
Mesa 730 $52,860
Phoenix 730 $52,860
Tucson 80 $47,510
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 40 $65,070
North Little Rock 40 $65,070
Little Rock 40 $65,070
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
San Diego 970 $56,040
Carlsbad 970 $56,040
Hayward 670 $68,370
San Francisco 670 $68,370
Oakland 670 $68,370
San Jose 590 $59,730
Santa Clara 590 $59,730
Sunnyvale 590 $59,730
San Bernardino 280 $61,150
Riverside 280 $61,150
Ontario 280 $61,150
Roseville 220 $61,420
Arcade 220 $61,420
Arden 220 $61,420
Sacramento 220 $61,420
Santa Barbara 90 $47,950
Santa Maria 90 $47,950
Fresno 50 $44,660
Bakersfield 50 $64,350
Modesto 40 $44,700
Thousand Oaks 40 $64,650
Ventura 40 $64,650
Oxnard 40 $64,650
Santa Rosa 40 $68,830
Santa Cruz N/A $30,550
Watsonville N/A $30,550
Los Angeles N/A $59,570
Anaheim N/A $59,570
Long Beach N/A $59,570
Salinas N/A $81,300
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 470 $65,600
Lakewood 470 $65,600
Denver 470 $65,600
Colorado Springs 100 $71,400
Boulder 50 $55,820
Fort Collins 50 $70,010
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 110 $60,930
East Hartford 110 $60,930
West Hartford 110 $60,930
Stamford 60 $66,710
Bridgeport 60 $66,710
Norwalk 60 $66,710
New Haven 40 $60,360
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sanford 250 $47,290
Kissimmee 250 $47,290
Orlando 250 $47,290
Clearwater 240 $50,030
Tampa 240 $50,030
St. Petersburg 240 $50,030
Miami 180 $44,850
Fort Lauderdale 180 $44,850
West Palm Beach 180 $44,850
Brent 40 $48,010
Ferry Pass 40 $48,010
Pensacola 40 $48,010
Fort Walton Beach 30 $46,920
Crestview 30 $46,920
Destin 30 $46,920
Titusville N/A $53,510
Palm Bay N/A $53,510
Melbourne N/A $53,510
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 310 $67,510
Sandy Springs 310 $67,510
Atlanta 310 $67,510
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 170 $58,730
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 70 $76,880
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield N/A $72,800
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 160 $65,570
Carmel 160 $65,570
Indianapolis 160 $65,570
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 60 $58,620
West Des Moines 50 $40,190
Des Moines 50 $40,190
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 40 $53,760
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette N/A $57,920
Lexington N/A $57,920
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 60 $61,860
New Orleans 60 $61,860
Baton Rouge 50 $63,100
Lafayette N/A $60,590
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 280 $58,580
Columbia 280 $58,580
Baltimore 280 $58,580
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 200 $58,530
Warren 200 $58,530
Detroit 200 $58,530
Wyoming 60 $53,270
Grand Rapids 60 $53,270
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Mankato 30 $47,670
Mankato 30 $47,670
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 70 $39,370
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jefferson City 30 $57,390
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 90 $52,750
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 70 $45,930
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise N/A $61,400
Henderson N/A $61,400
Las Vegas N/A $61,400
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 40 $62,250
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 100 $44,800
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 160 $61,440
Syracuse 110 $53,390
Niagara Falls 110 $54,760
Cheektowaga 110 $54,760
Buffalo 110 $54,760
Troy 90 $67,360
Albany 90 $67,360
Schenectady 90 $67,360
Binghamton 40 $67,860
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 260 $48,650
Chapel Hill 60 $62,430
Durham 60 $62,430
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 130 $54,290
Cleveland 130 $54,290
Columbus 90 $51,970
Akron 60 $42,030
Dayton 60 $54,770
Toledo 50 $52,650
Canton 30 $44,020
Massillon 30 $44,020
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 180 $55,620
Oklahoma City 100 $58,340
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 250 $54,700
York 60 $53,170
Hanover 60 $53,170
Carlisle 50 $45,150
Harrisburg 50 $45,150
Hazleton 50 $64,060
Wilkes 50 $64,060
Scranton 50 $64,060
Barre 50 $64,060
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 30 $42,330
Carolina 30 $42,330
San Juan 30 $42,330
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 100 $60,240
Greenville 90 $61,800
Mauldin 90 $61,800
Anderson 90 $61,800
North Charleston 60 $52,320
Charleston 60 $52,320
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 230 $57,810
Murfreesboro 230 $57,810
Davidson 230 $57,810
Nashville 230 $57,810
Knoxville 130 $58,320
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 1520 $81,290
The Woodlands 1520 $81,290
Houston 1520 $81,290
Arlington 950 $65,520
Fort Worth 950 $65,520
Dallas 950 $65,520
Austin 290 $80,040
Round Rock 290 $80,040
San Antonio 100 $56,500
New Braunfels 100 $56,500
El Paso N/A $58,630
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 130 $69,230
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 40 $84,890
Burlington 40 $84,890
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 100 $50,410
Lynchburg 40 $46,900
Roanoke 40 $50,830
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 770 $85,340
Bellevue 770 $85,340
Tacoma 770 $85,340
Spokane Valley 70 $51,550
Spokane 70 $51,550
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 250 $56,210
Waukesha 250 $56,210
Milwaukee 250 $56,210
Madison 120 $54,100
Green Bay 40 $41,780
Appleton 40 $64,830
Wausau N/A $52,980

Most Popular Industries for :
Electrical and Electronics Drafters

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 10,920 34% $48,210
Construction Trades 6,000 18% $51,390
Electronics And Computer 4,750 14% $53,780
Utilities 2,240 6% $61,240
Electrical Appliance 2,090 6% $46,690
Telecommunications 1,740 5% $54,440
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 1,220 3% $62,900
Office Services And Staffing 1,100 3% $49,120
Machinery 730 2% $48,720
Durable Goods Wholesale 490 1% $46,850
Business Management 390 1% $54,730
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