Electrical Drafters
SOC: 17-3012.02


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.

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:

  • Associate Drafter
  • AutoCAD Designer
  • AutoCAD Technician
  • CAD Draftsman (Computer-Aided Design Draftsman)
  • CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator)
  • CAD Technician (Computer Aided Drafting Technician)
  • CADD Drafter (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Drafter)
  • Design Engineer
  • Drafter
  • Electrical Computer Aided Design Operator (Electrical CAD Operator)
  • Electrical Designer
  • Electrical Drafter
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Agent
  • Engineering Associate
  • Estimator and Drafter
  • Estimator and Drafter Supervisor
  • Instrumentation Designer
  • Line Staker
  • Senior Engineering Associate
  • Staking Engineer
  • Staking Technician

  • 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
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

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

  • Tasks:

  • Use computer-aided drafting equipment or conventional drafting stations, technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and traditional drafting tools, such as boards, pencils, protractors, and T-squares.
  • Confer with engineering staff and other personnel to resolve problems.
  • Draft working drawings, wiring diagrams, wiring connection specifications or cross-sections of underground cables, as required for instructions to installation crew.
  • Draw master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.
  • Measure factors that affect installation and arrangement of equipment, such as distances to be spanned by wire and cable.
  • Assemble documentation packages and produce drawing sets which are checked by an engineer or an architect.
  • Review completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.
  • Prepare and interpret specifications, calculating weights, volumes, and stress factors.
  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.
  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.
  • Study work order requests to determine type of service, such as lighting or power, demanded by installation.
  • 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.
  • Write technical reports and draw charts that display statistics and data.
  • Design electrical systems, such as lighting systems.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Compasses
  • Desktop computers
  • Dividers
  • Drafting curves
  • Drafting machines
  • Drafting triangles
  • Personal computers
  • Protractors
  • Steel rules
  • T-squares
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Aveva Group Plant Design Management System PDMS
  • Bentley AutoPLANT
  • Bentley I/RAS B
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Bentley PlantSpace SupportModeler
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • ECT International Raceway Multi-Pack
  • Intergraph INtools
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Project Management
  • PEDYN P2000
  • PTC Pro/ENGINEER software
  • PTC Pro/Pipe
  • SolidWorks CAD software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980