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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 100 $46,770
Birmingham 100 $46,770
Huntsville 70 $65,910
Mobile 30 $68,980
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 30 $60,960
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 490 $63,840
Mesa 490 $63,840
Phoenix 490 $63,840
Tucson 50 $60,630
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 40 $57,820
North Little Rock 40 $57,820
Little Rock 40 $57,820
Jonesboro N/A $53,050
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 2080 $64,300
Long Beach 2080 $64,300
Los Angeles 2080 $64,300
Santa Clara 740 $69,460
San Jose 740 $69,460
Sunnyvale 740 $69,460
Hayward 670 $68,070
Oakland 670 $68,070
San Francisco 670 $68,070
Carlsbad 570 $56,690
San Diego 570 $56,690
Ontario 350 $62,470
Riverside 350 $62,470
San Bernardino 350 $62,470
Arcade 210 $62,720
Sacramento 210 $62,720
Arden 210 $62,720
Roseville 210 $62,720
Thousand Oaks 60 $65,960
Oxnard 60 $65,960
Ventura 60 $65,960
Modesto 50 $44,760
Santa Barbara 50 $58,150
Santa Maria 50 $58,150
Santa Cruz 40 $30,580
Watsonville 40 $30,580
Bakersfield 40 $64,740
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 390 $66,180
Aurora 390 $66,180
Denver 390 $66,180
Boulder 60 $57,620
Fort Collins 60 $61,690
Colorado Springs 60 $78,420
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 160 $62,100
West Hartford 160 $62,100
Hartford 160 $62,100
Stamford 60 $68,880
Norwalk 60 $68,880
Bridgeport 60 $68,880
New Haven 40 $61,250
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tampa 300 $55,940
St. Petersburg 300 $55,940
Clearwater 300 $55,940
Sanford 220 $47,360
Kissimmee 220 $47,360
Orlando 220 $47,360
Fort Lauderdale 140 $48,240
West Palm Beach 140 $48,240
Miami 140 $48,240
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 310 $62,350
Sandy Springs 310 $62,350
Atlanta 310 $62,350
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 140 $58,030
Lahaina 30 $54,370
Wailuku 30 $54,370
Kahului 30 $54,370
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 70 N/A
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield N/A $74,180
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 120 $71,850
Carmel 120 $71,850
Indianapolis 120 $71,850
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 70 $58,900
West Des Moines N/A $53,510
Des Moines N/A $53,510
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 40 $48,940
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette N/A $54,480
Lexington N/A $54,480
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 60 $69,390
Metairie 60 $71,220
New Orleans 60 $71,220
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 220 $56,900
Columbia 220 $56,900
Baltimore 220 $56,900
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 270 $50,880
Dearborn 270 $50,880
Warren 270 $50,880
Wyoming 70 $53,050
Grand Rapids 70 $53,050
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 50 $40,120
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings N/A $53,870
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 70 $50,800
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 180 $56,340
Henderson 180 $56,340
Las Vegas 180 $56,340
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $61,460
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 190 $73,050
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 190 $63,860
Syracuse 110 $58,600
Niagara Falls 100 $54,910
Cheektowaga 100 $54,910
Buffalo 100 $54,910
Troy 80 $69,320
Albany 80 $69,320
Schenectady 80 $69,320
Binghamton 50 $43,860
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 190 $46,520
Chapel Hill 70 $61,740
Durham 70 $61,740
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 120 $59,310
Cleveland 120 $59,310
Akron 90 $47,710
Columbus 80 $55,140
Dayton 70 $48,590
Toledo 50 $58,100
Canton N/A $54,090
Massillon N/A $54,090
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 120 $59,130
Tulsa 110 $57,800
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 270 $51,790
Reading 80 $53,730
York 60 $59,720
Hanover 60 $59,720
Carlisle 50 $50,250
Harrisburg 50 $50,250
Hazleton 50 $61,460
Wilkes 50 $61,460
Scranton 50 $61,460
Barre 50 $61,460
State College 40 $46,910
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 50 $38,240
Carolina 50 $38,240
San Juan 50 $38,240
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 80 $60,390
Mauldin 80 $62,220
Anderson 80 $62,220
Greenville 80 $62,220
Charleston 70 N/A
North Charleston 70 N/A
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 110 $60,680
Franklin 100 $56,360
Murfreesboro 100 $56,360
Davidson 100 $56,360
Nashville 100 $56,360
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 1200 $61,090
Dallas 1200 $61,090
Arlington 1200 $61,090
Houston 1060 $75,230
The Woodlands 1060 $75,230
Sugar Land 1060 $75,230
Austin 200 $65,670
Round Rock 200 $65,670
New Braunfels 120 $55,950
San Antonio 120 $55,950
El Paso 70 $49,340
Beaumont 30 $46,930
Port Arthur 30 $46,930
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 120 $66,380
Orem 70 $29,890
Provo 70 $29,890
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 40 N/A
Burlington 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 60 $60,470
Lynchburg 50 $53,580
Roanoke 40 $46,580
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 830 $86,700
Seattle 830 $86,700
Tacoma 830 $86,700
Spokane Valley 60 $52,740
Spokane 60 $52,740
Richland 30 $73,720
Kennewick 30 $73,720
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 120 $47,700
West Allis 120 $47,700
Milwaukee 120 $47,700
Madison 80 $53,270
Green Bay 70 $44,260
Appleton 50 $66,600

Most Popular Industries for :
Electrical and Electronics Drafters

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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