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Electrical engineering draftsperson

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Summary of occupation

Electrical engineering draftspeople design a range of electrical parts and equipment and produce diagrams, plans and instructions to enable the manufacturing of these products. They prepare drawings of wiring systems and circuit layouts, as well as creating diagrams used by engineering workers to build electrical equipment and systems for use in communications, power plants and electrical distribution. They consult with engineers about the best way to develop and plan a design, and may also undertake some administrative work.

ANZSCO description: Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electrical installations and circuitry in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names:
Specialisations: Electrical Engineering Design Draftsperson, Electrical Engineering Detail Draftsperson, Electrical Engineering Drafting Officer, Relays Draftsperson, Substation Design Draftsperson
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

An electrical engineering draftsperson needs:

  • to enjoy drawing and designing
  • creativity and lateral-thinking skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • to be able to undertake detailed and precise work
  • to be able to work to tight deadlines.
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Working conditions

Electrical engineering draftspersons usually work in an office environment, but they may also spend time in engineering workshops or laboratories. They often spend significant portions of their time undertaking detailed design work on computers. They usually work regular hours, but may be expected to work longer hours when working to a deadline.

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Salary details

On average, electrical engineering draftspersons and technicians, can expect to earn between $1 500 and $1 999 per week ($78 000 and $103 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an electrical engineering draftsperson develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Electrical engineering draftspersons work with computers and specifically with CAD
(computer-aided design) software as well as electrical system modelling and testing programs. They also need to be familiar with a range of different types of electrical circuitry and parts, including transformers, circuit-breakers and transmission lines. They may also be required to use other office equipment.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an electrical engineering draftsperson you usually need to complete a formal qualification in electrical engineering technology. 

​The Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical is offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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