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Electrical Drafters - 17-3012.02

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Associate Drafter
  • CAD Operator (Computer Aided Design Operator)
  • CAD Technician (Computer Aided Drafting Technician)
  • Drafter
  • Electrical Designer
  • Electrical Drafter
  • Engineering Agent
  • Engineering Associate
  • Line Staker
  • Staking Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Assemble documentation packages and produce drawing sets to be checked by an engineer or an architect.
  • Confer with engineering staff and other personnel to resolve problems.
  • Design electrical systems, such as lighting systems.
  • Determine the order of work and the method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.
  • Draft working drawings, wiring diagrams, wiring connection specifications, or cross-sections of underground cables, as required for instructions to installation crew.
  • Draw master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.
  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments, as necessary.
  • Measure factors that affect installation and arrangement of equipment, such as distances to be spanned by wire and cable.
  • Prepare and interpret specifications, calculating weights, volumes, and stress factors.
  • Reproduce working drawings on copy machines or trace drawings in ink.
  • Review completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.
  • Study work order requests to determine type of service, such as lighting or power, demanded by installation.
  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians, and drafters.
  • 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.
  • Visit proposed installation sites and draw rough sketches of location.
  • Write technical reports and draw charts that display statistics and data.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect data about project sites.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
  • Create electrical schematics.
  • Design electrical equipment or systems.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Electrical Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electrician's Mate (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Electrician's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aid (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Interior Electrician (Army - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Drafter, Electrical
  • Estimator and Drafter

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Drafter, Electrical
  • Estimator and Drafter
  • Supervisor, Estimator and Drafter