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

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

    Tasks

    • preparing drawings, plans and diagrams of electrical installations and circuitry
    • assisting Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry on substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor control systems
    • collecting data, performing tests and complex calculations, graphing results, and preparing charts and tabulations
    • estimating materials costs and quantities
    • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications and regulations
    • assembling, installing, testing, calibrating, modifying and repairing electrical equipment and installations to conform with regulations and safety requirements
    • undertaking electrical workshop functions such as installing assemblies for protection relays, metering and indicating devices
    • assisting with research and experimentation programs

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    All Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

    All Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

    • $1,784 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 11,200 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 7% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 11,200 in 2018 to 12,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Construction; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,784 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 (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 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: 7% 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
    200811000
    200911700
    201010300
    20118400
    20127700
    20137300
    20149400
    201510400
    201610000
    20174500
    201811200
    202312200

    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.
    EarningsElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings17841460

    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)
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services24.2
    Construction21.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services15.2
    Manufacturing14.2
    Other Industries25.0

    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.
    StateElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW25.831.6
    VIC20.825.6
    QLD22.620.0
    SA7.07.0
    WA18.710.8
    TAS2.92.0
    NT1.51.0
    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 BracketElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.9-5.05.0
    20-244.9-9.39.3
    25-3425.5-22.922.9
    35-4424.0-22.022.0
    45-5424.3-21.621.6
    55-5910.5-9.09.0
    60-646.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree10.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma24.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV51.4-21.121.1
    Year 127.2-18.118.1
    Year 111.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.5-12.512.5

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

    Membership with Engineers Australia may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      70% Skill level

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

    2. Engineering and technology

      69% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and electronics

      67% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      64% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Technical design

      59% Skill level

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

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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, 17-3023.03 - Electrical 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. Electronic mail

      96% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      94% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Teamwork

      89% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    4. Being exact or accurate

      88% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      85% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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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, 17-3023.03 - Electrical Engineering Technicians.

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