What they do
Electrical engineering draftspeople design a range of electrical parts and equipment and produce diagrams, plans and instructions to enable the manufacturing of these products. They prepare drawings of wiring systems and circuit layouts, as well as creating diagrams used by engineering workers to build electrical equipment and systems for use in communications, power plants and electrical distribution. They consult with engineers about the best way to develop and plan a design, and may also undertake some administrative work.
Specialisations include: Electrical engineering design draftsperson, Electrical engineering detail draftsperson, Electrical engineering drafting officer, Relays draftsperson, Substation design draftsperson
Electrical engineering draftspersons usually work in an office environment, but they may also spend time in engineering workshops or laboratories. They often spend significant portions of their time undertaking detailed design work on computers. They usually work regular hours, but may be expected to work longer hours when working to a deadline.
Tools and technologies
Electrical engineering draftspersons work with computers and specifically with CAD (computer-aided design) software as well as electrical system modelling and testing programs. They also need to be familiar with a range of different types of electrical circuitry and parts, including transformers, circuit-breakers and transmission lines. They may also be required to use other office equipment.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become an electrical engineering draftsperson, you usually need to gain a qualification in electrical engineering.
Central Queensland University offers an Associate Degree of Engineering majoring in electrical engineering via distance education. This in the only undergraduate degree specialising in electrical engineering in Western Australia. Contact the university for more information.
The Advanced Diploma of Electrical – Engineering and the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical are offered at TAFE Colleges throughout Western Australia. The Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering is available at Western Australia training organisations. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and My Skills to find a registered provider near you.
You can undertake a traineeship in electrical engineer (level 6). The traineeship usually takes 36 months to complete.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.