Electrical Drafter

There are several industries in which a drafter can work and the electrical field is one of them. Electrical drafters use computer aided design (“CAD”) software to design precise technical drawings that electrical engineers andor manufacturers use to build electrical equipment and appliances or electrical wiring for buildings factories or electrical power plants. An electrical drafter is not only responsible for the drawing and design but they must also determine what products and materials will be used as well as step-by-step procedures that must be followed for proper installation. Electrical drafters work on plans for many products that contain electrical systems but some of the most common are cars airplanes household appliances commercial appliances and more. They also work on electrical system designs for power plants office buildings and manufacturing systems. While some aspiring electrical drafters can find employment with only a high school diploma most positions require a minimum of an associate’s degree from a community college or a vocation school with courses related to drafting electrical engineering or a related field. Some employers provide on-the-job training and continuing education classes can be taken as needed throughout an electrical drafter’s career so that skills can be maintained and developed based on new technological advances. Some electrical drafters choose to become certified and while this is usually voluntary (depending on the requirement of the employer) the American Design Drafting Association (“ADDA”) offers certification exams. The website www.citytowninfo reports that the average salary for an electrical drafter is $49250 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $49250
High Salary: $59250
Low Salary: $39250
Tasks: Designs precise technical drawings.
Prepares drafts for electrical equipment.
Consults with electrical engineers on required specifics of project.
Determines materials needed to complete a project.
Also Called: Electrical Designer
Electrical Architect
Electrical CAD Designer
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