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What You Need to Know About Electrical Drafter

Electrical Drafter Job Description 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.

Electrical Drafter Responsibilities

  • Draw master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.
  • Reproduce working drawings on copy machines or trace drawings in ink.
  • Confer with engineering staff and other personnel to resolve problems.
  • Visit proposed installation sites and draw rough sketches of location.
  • Assemble documentation packages and produce drawing sets which are checked by an engineer or an architect.
  • Study work order requests to determine type of service, such as lighting or power, demanded by installation.

What Every Electrical Drafter Should Know

When polled, Electrical Drafters say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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.

Other Electrical Drafter Job Titles

  • Instrumentation Designer
  • Engineer
  • CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator)
  • Electrical Computer Aided Design Operator (Electrical CAD Operator)
  • Engineering Associate

Job Opportunities for Electrical Drafters

There were about 27,400 jobs for Electrical Drafter in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,900 new jobs for Electrical Drafter by 2026. The BLS estimates 2,600 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Electrical Drafter are Nevada, Colorado, and Vermont. Watch out if you plan on working in Washington, Wyoming, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Electrical Drafters Salary

The salary for Electrical Drafters ranges between about $36,660 and $99,240 a year.

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Electrical Drafters who work in District of Columbia, Washington, or Vermont, make the highest salaries.

How much do Electrical Drafters make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $55,550
Alaska $67,360
Arizona $63,790
Arkansas $60,730
California $76,420
Colorado $60,430
Connecticut $58,250
Delaware $65,480
District of Columbia $87,870
Florida $55,390
Georgia $54,220
Hawaii $63,020
Idaho $44,760
Illinois $68,930
Indiana $57,980
Iowa $61,380
Kansas $45,910
Kentucky $58,200
Louisiana $68,510
Maine $58,190
Maryland $61,750
Massachusetts $63,880
Michigan $47,620
Minnesota $63,870
Mississippi $60,340
Missouri $61,420
Montana $51,960
Nebraska $56,520
Nevada $57,850
New Hampshire $65,740
New Jersey $69,950
New Mexico $74,870
New York $69,500
North Carolina $47,690
North Dakota $62,400
Ohio $59,680
Oklahoma $64,650
Oregon $70,700
Pennsylvania $63,170
South Carolina $63,210
Tennessee $63,600
Texas $60,760
Utah $61,660
Vermont $77,590
Virginia $61,160
Washington $88,120
West Virginia $63,740
Wisconsin $54,720
Wyoming $57,530

What Tools do Electrical Drafters Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Electrical Drafters may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Access
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Verilog
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • PTC Pro/INTRALINK
  • PTC Pro/Pipe
  • PTC Pro/CABLE
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Project Management

How to Become an Electrical Drafter

Individuals working as an Electrical Drafter have obtained the following education levels:

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Electrical Drafters Sector

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Electrical Drafters work in the following industries:

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