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Electrical and Electronics Drafters

Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Generate computer tapes of final layout design to produce layered photo masks or photo plotting design onto film.
    • 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 to be checked by an engineer or an architect.
    • Consult with engineers to discuss or interpret design concepts, or determine requirements of detailed working drawings.
    • Key and program specified commands and engineering specifications into computer system to change functions and test final layout.
    • Review completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.
    • Examine electronic schematics and supporting documents to develop, compute, and verify specifications for drafting data, such as configuration of parts, dimensions, or tolerances.
    • Confer with engineering staff and other personnel to resolve problems.
    • Draft detail and assembly drawings of design components, circuitry or printed circuit boards, using computer-assisted equipment or standard drafting techniques and devices.
    • Measure factors that affect installation and arrangement of equipment, such as distances to be spanned by wire and cable.
    • Supervise and coordinate work activities of workers engaged in drafting, designing layouts, assembling, or testing printed circuit boards.
    • Locate files relating to specified design project in database library, load program into computer, and record completed job data.
    • Design electrical systems, such as lighting systems.
    • Draw master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.
    • Compare logic element configuration on display screen with engineering schematics and calculate figures to convert, redesign, or modify element.
    • Study work order requests to determine type of service, such as lighting or power, demanded by installation.
    • Determine the order of work and the method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.
    • Review blueprints to determine customer requirements and consult with assembler regarding schematics, wiring procedures, or conductor paths.
    • Visit proposed installation sites and draw rough sketches of location.
    • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments, as necessary.
    • Review work orders or procedural manuals and confer with vendors or design staff to resolve problems or modify design.
    • Select drill size to drill test head, according to test design and specifications, and submit guide layout to designated department.
    • Plot electrical test points on layout sheets and draw schematics for wiring test fixture heads to frames.
    • Reproduce working drawings on copy machines or trace drawings in ink.
    • Write technical reports and draw charts that display statistics and data.
    • Copy drawings of printed circuit board fabrication using print machine or blueprinting procedure.
    • Train students to use drafting machines and to prepare schematic diagrams, block diagrams, control drawings, logic diagrams, integrated circuit drawings, or interconnection diagrams.

    Skills

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 62890/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 30.24/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 850
    • Yearly Projected Openings 90

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: 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
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Personal computers
    • Drafting kits or sets
    • Desktop computers
    • Curves
    • Compasses

    Technology

    • Project management software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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