Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in mechanical engineering research, design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, manufacturing equipment, mechanical installations and facilities.

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Nearly all 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 designs for mechanical engineering work under the direction of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists
  • assisting Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in the design of mechanical equipment and plant
  • selecting tools and equipment
  • assembling and installing new and modified mechanical assemblies, components, machine tools and controls, and hydraulic power systems
  • estimating material costs and quantities, and machine requirements
  • performing and directing field and laboratory tests
  • collecting and analysing data, carrying out complex computations and preparing diagrams
  • organising and supervising inspection and maintenance of machines and plant
  • ensuring that designs and finished work are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions

Job Titles

  • Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

    Prepares detailed drawings and plans of mechanical engineering work in support of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

    Specialisations: Airconditioning Drafting Officer, Heating and Ventilating Technical Officer, Tool Design Draftsperson, Tool Designer

  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

    Conducts tests of mechanical systems, collects and analyses data, and assembles and installs mechanical assemblies in support of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

    Specialisations: Boiler Testing Technician, Hydraulic Controls Technician, Mechanical Laboratory Technician, Pipe Testing Technician

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Associate Degree or Diploma
  • Employment Size

    3,400
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    100.0%
  • Female Share

    0.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    90.3%

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This is a very small occupation employing 3400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
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.

  • Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Other Services.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.4 hours per week.
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are very high at around n/a per week. Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 43 years (compared to 40 for all careers).
  • Most workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above 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.
YearEmployment Level
20055800
20065300
20075800
20087000
20096000
20107300
20114600
20128000
20136200
20144400
20153400
20203200

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Careers Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015 cat. no. 6333.0. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earningsn/an/a

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-time91.969
Part-time8.130.8
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.040.2

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services44.2
Manufacturing40.5
Other Services7.4
Construction5.4
Other Industries2.5

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.
StateMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW30.731.8
VIC17.725.5
QLD25.919.8
SA4.06.7
WA20.411.1
TAS0.02
NT0.31.1
ACT1.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
Age BracketMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-245.3-9.99.9
25-3425.0-23.323.3
35-4426.1-21.621.6
45-5419.1-21.121.1
55-5914.5-8.68.6
60-644.6-5.95.9
65 and Over5.4-3.73.7

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016.
CategoryMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males97.3Males53.8
Females2.7Females46.1

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 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and 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. Design

    96% Important

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

  2. Engineering and Technology

    84% Important

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

  3. Mathematics

    72% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Mechanical

    71% Important

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

  5. Computers and Electronics

    66% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Interacting With Computers

    98% Important

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

  2. Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment

    94% Important

    Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  3. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Documenting/Recording Information

    81% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    76% Important

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

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