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

  • Staking Technician
  • Staking Engineer
  • Senior Engineering Associate
  • Line Staker
  • Estimator and Drafter Supervisor
  • Estimator and Drafter
  • Engineering Associate
  • Engineering Agent
  • Engineer
  • Electrical Drafter

What They Do

  • Write technical reports and draw charts that display statistics and data.
  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.
  • Prepare and interpret specifications, calculating weights, volumes, and stress factors.
  • Visit proposed installation sites and draw rough sketches of location.
  • Determine the order of work and the method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.
  • Reproduce working drawings on copy machines or trace drawings in ink.
  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.
  • Study work order requests to determine type of service, such as lighting or power, demanded by installation.
  • Draw master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.
  • Design electrical systems, such as lighting systems.

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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

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

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $62,500 with most people making between $37,710 and $89,640

Outlook

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During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 900 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 750 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.