Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electronic engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Tasks

  • preparing drawings, plans and diagrams for electronic engineering work
  • developing, constructing and testing electronic equipment and associated circuitry in accordance with technical manuals and instructions of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists
  • performing tests, graphing results, preparing charts and tabulations
  • estimating material costs and quantities
  • evaluating performance of equipment
  • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications, drawings, contracts and regulations
  • installing, testing, repairing and modifying electronic equipment

Job Titles

  • Electronic Engineering Draftsperson
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Electronic Engineering Draftsperson

    Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electronic engineering work in support of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Communications and Data Systems Drafting Officer, Control Systems Drafting Officer, Electronics Detail Draftsperson

  • Electronic Engineering Technician

    Conducts tests of electronic systems, collects and analyses data, and assembles circuitry in support of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Aircraft Electronics Technical Officer, Communications Engineering Technical Officer, Communications Engineering Technician, Digital Controls Technical Officer, Flight Surveyor, Printed Circuit Board Designer, Process Control Technician, Telemetry Technician

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    6,200
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    95.1%
  • Female Share

    4.9%
  • Full-Time Share

    85.7%

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This is a very small occupation employing 6200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.7 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20057900
20066900
20079200
20088200
20095200
20103100
20115000
20126200
20135500
20143200
20156200
20205400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryElectronic Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-time85.768.4
Part-time14.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.740.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing29.7
Information Media and Telecommunications25.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services12.9
Transport, Postal and Warehousing12.1
Other Industries20.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateElectronic Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW41.131.8
VIC19.625.5
QLD16.519.8
SA6.76.8
WA10.011.2
TAS2.22.0
NT0.81.1
ACT3.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectronic Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.9-5.45.4
20-243.9-9.99.9
25-3429.2-23.423.4
35-4433.8-21.721.7
45-5414.4-21.121.1
55-597.9-8.78.7
60-644.7-5.95.9
65 and Over3.3-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryElectronic Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males95.1Males53.6
Females4.9Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    87% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    82% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Design

    66% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    66% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Mechanical

    64% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment

    85% Important

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic machines, devices, and equipment.

  2. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    81% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  3. Interacting With Computers

    78% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  4. Getting Information

    78% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    78% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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