Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons prepare 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.

You usually need a diploma or advanced diploma in mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson. Some Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons complete university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Prepares drawings, plans and designs for mechanical engineering work under the direction of mechanical engineers and engineering technologists.
  • Assists mechanical engineers and engineering technologists in the design of mechanical equipment and plants.

More about Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

All Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons

  • 2,700 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,700 in 2011 to 2,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 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: 6% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing35.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services34.5
Construction11.7
Mining4.4
Other Industries13.8

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 DraftspersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW23.331.6
VIC27.825.6
QLD22.020.0
SA6.87.0
WA17.310.8
TAS1.72.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.71.9

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 DraftspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.7-5.05.0
20-245.0-9.39.3
25-3424.0-22.922.9
35-4426.3-22.022.0
45-5423.5-21.621.6
55-599.0-9.09.0
60-647.1-6.06.0
65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

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 DraftspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree16.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma39.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV28.1-21.121.1
Year 129.1-18.118.1
Year 111.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.6-12.512.5

You usually need a diploma or advanced diploma in mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson. Some Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons 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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