Electronic Drafters
SOC: 17-3012.01


Draw wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, schematics, and layout drawings used for manufacture, installation, and repair of electronic equipment.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
30,100 employed

Projected (2024):
31,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Analog Design Engineer
  • AutoCAD Designer
  • AutoCAD Technician
  • CAD Designer (Computer Aided Design Designer)
  • CAD Drafter (Computer Aided Design CAD Drafter)
  • CAD Draftsman (Computer-Aided Design Draftsman)
  • CADD Drafter (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Drafter)
  • Computer-Aided Design Technician
  • Design Drafter
  • Designer
  • Drafter
  • Drafting and Printed Circuit Design Supervisor
  • Drafting Technician
  • Electromechanisms Design Drafter
  • Equipment Services Associate (ESA)
  • Integrated Circuit IC Layout Designer (IC Layout Designer)
  • Layout Designer
  • Mask Designer
  • Mask Layout Designer
  • Printed Circuit Board Drafter
  • Printed Circuit Board Layout Designer (PCB Layout Designer)
  • Printed Circuit Board PCB Designer (PCB Designer)
  • Printed Circuit Board PCB Draftsman (PCB Draftsman)
  • Printed Circuit Designer
  • Senior Designer
  • Senior Printed Circuit Board PCB Designer
  • Test Fixture Designer

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Draft detail and assembly drawings of design components, circuitry and printed circuit boards, using computer-assisted equipment or standard drafting techniques and devices.
  • Consult with engineers to discuss and interpret design concepts, and determine requirements of detailed working drawings.
  • Locate files relating to specified design project in database library, load program into computer, and record completed job data.
  • Examine electronic schematics and supporting documents to develop, compute, and verify specifications for drafting data, such as configuration of parts, dimensions, and tolerances.
  • Supervise and coordinate work activities of workers engaged in drafting, designing layouts, assembling, and testing printed circuit boards.
  • Compare logic element configuration on display screen with engineering schematics and calculate figures to convert, redesign, and modify element.
  • Review work orders and procedural manuals and confer with vendors and design staff to resolve problems and modify design.
  • Review blueprints to determine customer requirements and consult with assembler regarding schematics, wiring procedures, and conductor paths.
  • Train students to use drafting machines and to prepare schematic diagrams, block diagrams, control drawings, logic diagrams, integrated circuit drawings, and interconnection diagrams.
  • Generate computer tapes of final layout design to produce layered photo masks and photo plotting design onto film.
  • Select drill size to drill test head, according to test design and specifications, and submit guide layout to designated department.
  • Key and program specified commands and engineering specifications into computer system to change functions and test final layout.
  • Copy drawings of printed circuit board fabrication using print machine or blueprinting procedure.
  • Plot electrical test points on layout sheets and draw schematics for wiring test fixture heads to frames.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Drafting machines
  • Personal computers
  • 1CadCam Unigraphics
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bowen & Groves M1 ERP
  • Cadence PSpice
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Design specification database software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Epicor Vantage
  • Exact Software Macola ERP
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Made2Manage Systems M2M ERP
  • Manufacturing resource planning MRP software
  • Mentor Graphics Expedition Enterprise
  • Mentor Graphics PADS
  • Mentor Graphics Xpedition xDX Designer
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Project
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Project Management
  • Pro-E CAD software
  • PTC Pro/ENGINEER software
  • Sage ERP Accpac
  • SoftBrands Fourth Shift Edition
  • SofTech CADRA
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • UGS Solid Edge
  • Verilog
  • Zuken CADSTAR software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980