Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electrical 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. Four in five workers have a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. 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 of electrical installations and circuitry
  • assisting Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry on substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor control systems
  • collecting data, performing tests and complex calculations, graphing results, and preparing charts and tabulations
  • estimating materials costs and quantities
  • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications and regulations
  • assembling, installing, testing, calibrating, modifying and repairing electrical equipment and installations to conform with regulations and safety requirements
  • undertaking electrical workshop functions such as installing assemblies for protection relays, metering and indicating devices
  • assisting with research and experimentation programs

Job Titles

  • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

    Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electrical installations and circuitry in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Electrical Engineering Design Draftsperson, Electrical Engineering Detail Draftsperson, Electrical Engineering Drafting Officer, Relays Draftsperson, Substation Design Draftsperson

  • Electrical Engineering Technician (also called Electrical Engineering Technical Officer)

    Conducts tests of electrical systems, prepares charts and tabulations, and assists in estimating costs in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Electrical Engineering Laboratory Technician, Electrical Instrument Technician

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,552 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    10600
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    98.9%
  • Female Share

    1.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    88.3%

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This is a small occupation employing 10,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Little change 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.

  • Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Construction; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,552 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the 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
20058100
20067000
20078400
200811300
200912300
20109700
20118200
20126600
20139100
20149000
201510600
202010800

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15521230

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.
CategoryElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-time88.368.4
Part-time11.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.640

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)
Construction24.6
Manufacturing17.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services16.8
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services16.5
Other Industries24.3

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.
StateElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW29.531.8
VIC26.125.5
QLD17.819.8
SA7.86.8
WA14.411.2
TAS22
NT0.31.1
ACT2.11.8

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 BracketElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-246.6-9.99.9
25-3417.4-23.423.4
35-4429.2-21.721.7
45-5426.1-21.121.1
55-599.8-8.78.7
60-648.5-5.95.9
65 and Over2.3-3.83.8

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.
CategoryElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males98.9Males53.6
Females1.1Females46.4

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. Four in five workers have a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. 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 Electrical 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. Computers and Electronics

    81% Important

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

  2. Engineering and Technology

    81% Important

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

  3. English Language

    78% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Mathematics

    73% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Production and Processing

    69% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Activities

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

  1. Interacting With Computers

    87% Important

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

  2. Getting Information

    86% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    85% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    84% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Checking Compliance with Standards

    82% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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