Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians
Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in mechanical engineering research, design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, manufacturing equipment, mechanical installations and facilities.
preparing drawings, plans and designs for mechanical engineering work under the direction of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists
assisting Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in the design of mechanical equipment and plant
selecting tools and equipment
assembling and installing new and modified mechanical assemblies, components, machine tools and controls, and hydraulic power systems
estimating material costs and quantities, and machine requirements
performing and directing field and laboratory tests
collecting and analysing data, carrying out complex computations and preparing diagrams
organising and supervising inspection and maintenance of machines and plant
ensuring that designs and finished work are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions
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:
- is expected to grow strongly
- is likely to reach 7,200 by 2026.
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 89% of people employed as Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 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 hourly earnings are $48, 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.
Mechanical 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||Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 67% of Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
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 Mechanical 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 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 5% of the workforce. This is 43 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||Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.2||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 certificate III, IV or diploma in mechanical engineering or another related field is usually needed to work as a Mechanical 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 Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||3.9||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||2.3||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 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Using maths to solve problems.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
46%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
46%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
45%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Teaching people how to do something.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
36%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
76%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
56%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
45%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
41%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
39%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
37%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
22%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
22%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
22%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
21%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
17%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
15%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
52%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
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.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
74%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
66%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
61%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
60%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
59%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
58%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
55%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
53%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
52%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
50%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
46%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
46%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
42%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
42%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
40%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
39%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
39%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
38%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
36%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
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.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
94%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
92%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Talk on the telephone.
Work with people in a group or team.
85%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
83%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
78%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
75%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.
Work to strict deadlines.
74%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
70%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
67%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
66%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
65%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
62%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
62%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
60%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
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