Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electronic engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems.

    You usually need a formal qualification in electrical or electronics engineering or a related field to work as an Electronic Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians.

    Tasks

    • preparing drawings, plans and diagrams for electronic engineering work
    • developing, constructing and testing electronic equipment and associated circuitry in accordance with technical manuals and instructions of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists
    • performing tests, graphing results, preparing charts and tabulations
    • estimating material costs and quantities
    • evaluating performance of equipment
    • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications, drawings, contracts and regulations
    • installing, testing, repairing and modifying electronic equipment

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    All Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

    • $1,636 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 5,500 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 8% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 5,500 in 2018 to 5,000 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 small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Manufacturing; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,636 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, 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 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 8% 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
    20086900
    20097100
    20104100
    20113100
    20127300
    20135900
    20144400
    20155300
    20166100
    20175400
    20185500
    20235000

    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.
    EarningsElectronic Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings16361460

    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)
    Public Administration and Safety23.9
    Manufacturing18.7
    Information Media and Telecommunications14.8
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11.7
    Other Industries30.9

    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.
    StateElectronic Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.731.6
    VIC22.025.6
    QLD18.520.0
    SA8.47.0
    WA12.010.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT2.21.0
    ACT3.71.9

    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 BracketElectronic Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.2-5.05.0
    20-247.7-9.39.3
    25-3422.8-22.922.9
    35-4420.9-22.022.0
    45-5423.8-21.621.6
    55-5911.5-9.09.0
    60-647.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationElectronic Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree14.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma28.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV38.2-21.121.1
    Year 129.4-18.118.1
    Year 111.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.2-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in electrical or electronics engineering or a related field to work as an Electronic Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians.

    Membership with Engineers Australia may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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    Employers look for Electronic 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. Computers and Electronics

      72% Skill level

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

    2. Engineering and Technology

      70% Skill level

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

    3. Mechanical

      61% Skill level

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

    4. Design

      60% Skill level

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

    5. Mathematics

      54% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    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, 17-3023.01 - Electronics Engineering Technicians.

    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. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      96% Important

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

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

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

    3. Electronic Mail

      91% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      91% Important

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

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      89% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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    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, 17-3023.01 - Electronics Engineering Technicians.

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