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

An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Four in five workers have a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

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

Job Titles

  • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

    Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electrical installations and circuitry in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

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

  • Electrical Engineering Technician (also called Electrical Engineering Technical Officer)

    Conducts tests of electrical systems, prepares charts and tabulations, and assists in estimating costs in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Electrical Engineering Laboratory Technician, Electrical Instrument Technician

Fast Facts

  • $1,552 Weekly Pay
  • 11,200 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 86.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 36 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 11.6% female Gender Share

The number of Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians 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 small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,552 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (86.6%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 36.0 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 11.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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 Earnings15521230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction33.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services22.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services22.6
Manufacturing11.0
Other Industries10.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: 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
NSW17.431.6
VIC29.926.2
QLD20.019.7
SA7.76.7
WA16.910.8
TAS4.42.0
NT2.91.1
ACT0.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectrical Engineering Draftspersons, TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-241.8-9.99.9
25-3429.0-23.623.6
35-4421.0-21.721.7
45-5423.2-20.820.8
55-5914.1-8.88.8
60-6410.3-6.06.0
65 and Over0.5-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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An Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is usually needed. Four in five workers have a Certificate III or higher Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Electrotechnology, Transmission & Distribution, Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways 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.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    81% Important

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

  2. Engineering and Technology

    81% Important

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

  3. English Language

    78% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Mathematics

    73% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Production and Processing

    69% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Interacting With Computers

    87% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Getting Information

    86% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    85% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    84% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Checking Compliance with Standards

    82% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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The 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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