Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electrical engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems.
preparing drawings, plans and diagrams of electrical installations and circuitry
assisting Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry on substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor control systems
collecting data, performing tests and complex calculations, graphing results, and preparing charts and tabulations
estimating materials costs and quantities
inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications and regulations
assembling, installing, testing, calibrating, modifying and repairing electrical equipment and installations to conform with regulations and safety requirements
undertaking electrical workshop functions such as installing assemblies for protection relays, metering and indicating devices
assisting with research and experimentation programs
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 87% of people employed as Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 21 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 45 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,816 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,656
- 1 in 4 earn more than $2,504
Median hourly earnings are $50, this is more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work in industries like:
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 42% of Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Western Australia has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 7% of the workforce. This is 41 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.6||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in electrical engineering or another related field is usually needed to work as an Electrical Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. Some workers have a university qualification.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Electrotechnology, Transmission & Distribution, Electricity Supply Industry - Generation Sector and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||3.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||2.5||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
52%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
46%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
46%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Using maths to solve problems.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Fixing machines or systems.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
69%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
67%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
51%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
50%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
46%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
46%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
43%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
32%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
27%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
20%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
55%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
45%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
72%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
71%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
67%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
65%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
64%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
63%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
63%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
63%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
63%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
61%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
60%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
60%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
59%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
53%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
53%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
51%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
51%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
48%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
88%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
85%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
84%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
84%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
81%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
75%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
74%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Work to strict deadlines.
72%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
69%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
68%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
67%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
66%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
64%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
63%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
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