Electrical Drafters

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About the Job

Develop specifications and instructions for installation of voltage transformers, overhead or underground cables, and related electrical equipment used to conduct electrical energy from transmission lines or high-voltage distribution lines to consumers.

It is also Called

  • Autocad Designer
  • Autocad Technician
  • CADD Drafter (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Drafter)
  • CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)
  • CAD Draftsman (Computer-Aided Design Draftsman)
  • CADD Technician (Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician)
  • CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator)
  • CAD Technician (Computer Aided Drafting Technician)
  • Designer
  • Drafter

What They Do

  • Write technical reports and draw charts that display statistics and data.
  • Reproduce working drawings on copy machines or trace drawings in ink.
  • Determine the order of work and the method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.
  • Visit proposed installation sites and draw rough sketches of location.
  • Study work order requests to determine type of service, such as lighting or power, demanded by installation.
  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.
  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.
  • Prepare and interpret specifications, calculating weights, volumes, and stress factors.
  • Review completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.
  • Assemble documentation packages and produce drawing sets which are checked by an engineer or an architect.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $60,350 with most people making between $35,440 and $90,930

Outlook

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During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 29,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 30,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 7,000 replacement openings for approximately 7,000 total annual openings.