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Electrical Drafter

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Electrical and Electronics Drafters Career Video

About This Career

Prepares wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Drafts detail and assembly drawings of design components, circuitry or printed circuit boards, using computer-assisted equipment or standard drafting techniques and devices.
  • Drafts working drawings, wiring diagrams, wiring connection specifications, or cross-sections of underground cables, as required for instructions to installation crew.
  • Assembles documentation packages and produces drawing sets to be checked by an engineer or an architect.
  • Reviews completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.
  • Consults with engineers to discuss or interpret design concepts, or determine requirements of detailed working drawings.
  • Confers with engineering staff and other personnel to resolve problems.
  • Measures factors that affect installation and arrangement of equipment, such as distances to be spanned by wire and cable.
  • Designs electrical systems, such as lighting systems.
  • Draws master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.
  • Reviews work orders or procedural manuals and confers with vendors or design staff to resolve problems or modify design.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Drafting Technician (Drafting Tech)
  • Printed Circuit Board Designer (PCB Designer)
  • Staking Technician (Staking Tech)
  • CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator)
  • Drafter
  • Electrical Designer
  • Staking Engineer
  • Designer
  • Layout Designer


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