Electronic Drafter

Occupation Information table
Overview: Electronic drafters design diagrams, layout drawings, and schematics used in the manufacture, assembly, installation and repair of electronic equipment. Areas of specialization include computers, radio and T.V. transmission, military weapon systems, and medical diagnostic equipment.
Duties: Prepare design schematics, specifications, drawings and diagrams needed by manufacturing engineers for the production of electronic equipment. Use computer-assisted drafting systems.

Work with electronic engineers to prepare instructions, handbooks, and technical information to be used by field engineers to install, diagnose and repair equipment malfunctions.

Use computers to prepare final versions of drawing schematics and specification details needed for product manufacturing. They also use automatic plotting instruments.

Confer with product marketing specialists to decide upon specialized drawings needed in user instruction manuals and for use by field maintenance engineers.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $30,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Employment of electronic drafter is expected to show little or no change through 2018 due to the decline in manufacturing industries which employs them. Increasing complex design and manufacturing problems will lead to some jobs. Also the increase in computer aided design that can be transmitted electronic will reduce need.
Advancement Info: Electronic Drafters who gain experience and knowledge may become design drafters or senior drafters. With additional training or experience, drafters may also move into related positions, such as technical writer, sales engineer, or engineering assistant.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.