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Electrical Drafters

Also called: Associate Drafter, Drafter, Electrical Designer, Engineering Associate

What they do:
Develop specifications and instructions for installation of voltage transformers, overhead or underground cables, and related electrical equipment used to conduct electrical energy from transmission lines or high-voltage distribution lines to consumers.
On the job, you would:
  • Use computer-aided drafting equipment or conventional drafting stations, technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and traditional drafting tools, such as boards, pencils, protractors, and T-squares.
  • Draft working drawings, wiring diagrams, wiring connection specifications or cross-sections of underground cables, as required for instructions to installation crew.
  • Assemble documentation packages and produce drawing sets which are checked by an engineer or an architect.


Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • administrative services
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • PEDYN P2000
Project management software
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Project Management


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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