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

    You usually need a certificate III, IV or diploma in a related engineering field to work as a Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. Some Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians complete university qualifications.

    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

    More about Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

    All Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

    All Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

    • $1,838 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,700 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 5% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 4,700 in 2018 to 4,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Construction.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,838 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20086000
    20096200
    20108000
    20115100
    20126500
    20137200
    20145400
    20153800
    20164800
    20175300
    20184700
    20234400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
    EarningsMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings18381460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing32.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services28.0
    Construction10.5
    Other Services7.3
    Other Industries21.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW23.731.6
    VIC26.625.6
    QLD20.220.0
    SA7.27.0
    WA19.310.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT1.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.5-5.05.0
    20-245.2-9.39.3
    25-3423.8-22.922.9
    35-4426.7-22.022.0
    45-5423.5-21.621.6
    55-599.0-9.09.0
    60-647.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMechanical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree15.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma32.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV36.6-21.121.1
    Year 128.4-18.118.1
    Year 111.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.3-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate III, IV or diploma in a related engineering field to work as a Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. Some Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians complete university qualifications.

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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.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Technical design

      85% Skill level

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

    2. Engineering and technology

      76% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      62% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Mechanical

      59% Skill level

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

    5. Computers and electronics

      56% Skill level

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

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

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      95% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Electronic mail

      94% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      94% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Spend time sitting

      92% Important

      Spend time sitting at work.

    5. Telephone

      92% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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