Electrical and Electronics Drafters

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Also known as:  Circuit Board Drafter, Electrical Computer Aided Design and Drafting Technician, Electrical Drafter, Electrical Systems Drafter, Electronic Drafter, Printed Circuit Board Drafter

ABOUT ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONICS DRAFTER CAREERS

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From toys to skyscrapers, wiring and circuitry are the technological nervous systems of our modern world. Electrical and electronics drafters are the people who transform the ideas of design engineers into detailed technical drawings. Drafters may work alone or in teams. Many specialize by industry. ...


Electrical drafters prepare wiring and layout diagrams. These plans guide workers who install and repair electrical equipment and wire buildings. Electronics drafters draw schematics, layouts, and diagrams for wiring and circuit board assemblies. These are used to manufacture, install, and repair electronic parts and products.

The computer-aided drafting and design system known as CAD is quickly replacing hand-drawn blueprints and drawing boards. CAD systems store drawings electronically for quick duplication, revisions, and adjustment. As with many computer jobs, hours in front of the screen can lead to eyestrain and backaches.

Most firms look for at least an associate's degree in new hires. Electrical and electronics drafters also need to be proficient in the CAD software used by their employer. In-depth knowledge of an industry's drafting standards is a plus.

Technological advances are slowing growth in this field. Increasingly sophisticated drafting software means fewer jobs for lesser-skilled drafters. Some firms outsource drafting work overseas, where wages are lower. A superior grasp of math, science, and engineering technology will give you an edge in getting and keeping a drafting job.
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Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.
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