Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians
Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electronic engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems.
preparing drawings, plans and diagrams for electronic engineering work
developing, constructing and testing electronic equipment and associated circuitry in accordance with technical manuals and instructions of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists
performing tests, graphing results, preparing charts and tabulations
estimating material costs and quantities
evaluating performance of equipment
inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications, drawings, contracts and regulations
installing, testing, repairing and modifying electronic equipment
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
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 88% of people employed as Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 22 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $2,184 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,895
- 1 in 4 earn more than $2,827
Median hourly earnings are $52, 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||Electronic 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 72% of Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
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 Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians is 43 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 8% of the workforce. This is 40 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||Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.5||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 or electronics engineering or another related field is usually needed to work as an Electronic Engineering Draftsperson or Technician. Some workers have a university qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Electronic Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||4.3||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||3.2||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 Electronic 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.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
45%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.
Talking to others.
Using maths to solve problems.
Fixing machines or systems.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
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.
72%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
70%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
53%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
50%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
41%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
30%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
29%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
28%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
26%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
23%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
23%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
20%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
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).
Communicate by speaking.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
75%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
67%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
65%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
64%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
63%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
63%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
61%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
60%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
60%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
59%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
57%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
57%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
57%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
56%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
55%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
54%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
53%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
53%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
52%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
48%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
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.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
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.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
96%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
91%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
89%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
80%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
77%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Talk on the telephone.
74%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
72%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
71%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
70%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
70%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
69%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
66%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
65%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
64%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3023.01 - Electronics Engineering Technicians.