Electrical Engineering Draftspersons prepare detailed drawings and plans of electrical installations and circuitry in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

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

You usually need a diploma or advanced diploma in electrical engineering or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineering Draftsperson. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electrical Engineering Draftspersons.

Tasks

  • Prepares drawings, plans and diagrams of electrical installations and circuitry.
  • Assists electrical engineers and engineering technologists in design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry on substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor control systems.

More about Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

All Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,784 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons

  • 2,000 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 17% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Electrical Engineering Draftspersons (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,200 in 2011 to 2,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Electrical Engineering Draftspersons work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, 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 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 17% 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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services33.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services29.2
Construction15.3
Manufacturing10.8
Other Industries11.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateElectrical Engineering DraftspersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW21.731.6
VIC22.425.6
QLD27.720.0
SA6.87.0
WA18.110.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.61.0
ACT0.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectrical Engineering DraftspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-244.4-9.39.3
25-3425.0-22.922.9
35-4424.0-22.022.0
45-5423.5-21.621.6
55-5911.1-9.09.0
60-647.5-6.06.0
65 and Over4.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationElectrical Engineering DraftspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree17.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma35.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV31.4-21.121.1
Year 128.4-18.118.1
Year 111.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.2-12.512.5

You usually need a diploma or advanced diploma in electrical engineering or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineering Draftsperson. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electrical Engineering Draftspersons.

Membership with Engineers Australia may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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Employers look for Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, 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. Design

    85% Skill level

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

  2. Engineering and Technology

    83% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    82% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Mechanical

    65% Skill level

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

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3029.02 - Electrical Engineering Technologists.

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Demands

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

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    98% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    96% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    93% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    90% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3029.02 - Electrical Engineering Technologists.

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