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Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons

ANZSCO ID 312511

Overview

All Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

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

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 certificate III, IV or diploma in engineering or mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson. Some workers have 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.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III, IV or diploma in engineering or mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson. Some workers have university qualifications.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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.

  6. English language

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Physics

    46% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  8. Production and processing

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Clerical

    44% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Customer and personal service

    39% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  12. Education and training

    37% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  13. Building and construction

    22% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    22% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Sales and marketing

    22% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  16. Public safety and security

    21% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Chemistry

    21% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  18. Communications and media

    17% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Economics and accounting

    15% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  20. Telecommunications

    13% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Active learning

    52% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Reading comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Active listening

    48% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  9. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  11. Operations analysis

    45% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  12. Writing

    45% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  15. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Learning strategies

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Systems analysis

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    63% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Visualization

    59% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  3. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  9. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  10. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Finger dexterity

    50% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  14. Brainstorming

    48% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  15. Originality

    46% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  16. Written expression

    46% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  17. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

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

  1. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    74% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Thinking creatively

    64% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Working with computers

    61% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    60% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Collecting and organising information

    59% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  7. Communicating within a team

    58% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Building good relationships

    55% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Researching and investigating

    50% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    46% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Explaining things to people

    42% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  15. Monitoring people, processes and things

    42% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    40% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Communicating with the public

    39% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    39% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    38% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    36% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

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.

Work Environment

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.

Filter Work Environment

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.

  6. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Repeating same tasks

    83% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    78% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Contact with people

    75% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Unstructured work

    75% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  12. Time pressure

    74% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Making repetitive motions

    74% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  14. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    70% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    67% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Impact of decisions

    66% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    65% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  18. Contact with the public

    62% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  19. Frequent decision making

    62% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Consequence of error

    60% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    62% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    57% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    57% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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.

All Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

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

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 certificate III, IV or diploma in engineering or mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson. Some workers have 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.

You usually need a certificate III, IV or diploma in engineering or mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson. Some workers have university qualifications.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

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.

  6. English language

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Physics

    46% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  8. Production and processing

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Clerical

    44% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Customer and personal service

    39% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  12. Education and training

    37% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  13. Building and construction

    22% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    22% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Sales and marketing

    22% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  16. Public safety and security

    21% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Chemistry

    21% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  18. Communications and media

    17% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Economics and accounting

    15% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  20. Telecommunications

    13% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Active learning

    52% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Reading comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Speaking

    50% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Active listening

    48% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  7. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  9. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  11. Operations analysis

    45% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  12. Writing

    45% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  15. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Learning strategies

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Systems analysis

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    63% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Visualization

    59% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  3. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  9. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  10. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Finger dexterity

    50% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  14. Brainstorming

    48% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  15. Originality

    46% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  16. Written expression

    46% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  17. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

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

  1. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    74% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Thinking creatively

    64% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Working with computers

    61% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    60% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Collecting and organising information

    59% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  7. Communicating within a team

    58% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Building good relationships

    55% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Researching and investigating

    50% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    46% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Explaining things to people

    42% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  15. Monitoring people, processes and things

    42% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    40% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Communicating with the public

    39% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    39% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    38% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    36% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

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.

Filter Work Environment

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.

  6. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Repeating same tasks

    83% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    78% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Contact with people

    75% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Unstructured work

    75% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  12. Time pressure

    74% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Making repetitive motions

    74% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  14. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    70% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    67% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Impact of decisions

    66% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    65% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  18. Contact with the public

    62% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  19. Frequent decision making

    62% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Consequence of error

    60% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Achievement

    62% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    62% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    57% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    57% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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, 17-3013.00 - Mechanical Drafters.
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