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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 4,800 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 95.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.2 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 1.8% female Gender Share

The number of Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 4,800 in 2017 to 5,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (95.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (59.9%).
  • Gender: 1.8% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20075400
20086100
20096300
20108200
20115300
20126600
20137400
20145500
20153800
20165000
20174800
20225100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services34.1
Manufacturing33.4
Other Services17.2
Construction7.5
Other Industries7.8

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 2017, 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.
StateMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW24.131.6
VIC14.826.2
QLD20.619.7
SA11.36.7
WA22.410.8
TAS3.92.0
NT1.11.1
ACT1.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.2-5.25.2
20-245.6-9.99.9
25-3419.8-23.623.6
35-4411.5-21.721.7
45-5429.4-20.820.8
55-5916.2-8.88.8
60-6412.6-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.04.0

Education Level

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. 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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3013.00 - Mechanical Drafters.

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