Electrical / electronics drafters analyze information provided by engineers and architects in order to prepare technical drawings of electrical wiring systems in power plans, high voltage distribution centers, and communication hubs. Electrical / electronics drafters work a typical 40-hour workweek in office environments. The work is both mental and physical and can cause back discomfort, hand/wrist problems, and eyestrain due to the many hours in front of computers.
Electrical / electronics drafters will collaborate with production, construction, electrical workers, engineers, and architects in order to complete many tasks that include resolving design issues, clarifying design details, and providing documentation manuals and cost estimates. These drafters will also be tasked with assisting in the training of other drafters.
Tools required for electrical / electronics drafters are known as computer-aided design and drafting systems, otherwise known as CADD. Electrical / electronics drafters use CADD systems to design, view, edit, print, and transfer their drawings electronically. Electrical / electronic drafters may also use more traditional tools in addition to computer technology, such as hand-drawn diagrams, technical manuals, protractors, T-squares, and calculators.
Skills required for these drafters include a minimum of two years of postsecondary drafting training completed at either a technical school, community college, or university. Electrical / electronics drafters must show well-developed skills in mechanical drawing and drafting skills, a solid CADD background, and overall knowledge of drafting standards, mathematics, and engineering technology. Electrical / electronics drafters also must possess visual aptitude, mechanical ability, interpersonal skills, and the ability to accurately perform detailed work.
Electrical / Electronics Drafter Tasks
- Work with clients, vendors and engineers to create specifications and schematics.
- Explain, interpret and audit drawings, installations and documentation.
- Create technical electrical drawings to meet quality and manufacturing needs.