How to Become an Electrical Drafter

Written by

Ray Grant Walden


August 14, 2014


Electrical drafting is a vital part of the drafting field that deals with creating designs and plans for electrical equipment. Electrical drafters are trained professionals that create plans for installment of a variety of electrical equipment in many different buildings and structures.

What does an electrical drafter do?

Electrical drafters create layout and wiring plans and diagrams that are used by workers that create, install, and repair wiring and electrical equipment in buildings, power plants, communication centers, and electrical distribution systems. They also create technical drawings that are used to build electrical equipment. They conduct research and perform calculations before developing their designs. They then create drawings that explain the details of structures and products and the procedures and materials. Electrical drafters also help design electrical installations in industrial, commercial, and residential buildings. They hand draw plans and designs and use computer-aided design (CAD) to assist them with their tasks.

What kind of training does an electrical drafter need?

Electrical drafters need at least a high school diploma, but most employers prefer applicants that have completed formal post-secondary training in electrical drafting technology or related field. Many colleges and universities, community colleges, and vocational and technical schools offer programs or courses suitable for a career in electrical drafting. Most employers provide on the job training where new electrical drafters learn the policies and procedures of the employer. Many electrical drafters obtain voluntary certification from the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) to remain competitive in the field. Electrical drafters must pass the Drafter Certification Test to become certified. Electrical drafters must stay up to date on technological advancements in the field and often update their skills throughout their careers.

What are the prospects for a career as an electrical drafter?

Employment of electrical drafters is expected to grow slower than average for all professions, increasing 4% through 2016 (1).

Job prospects are expected to be good especially for electrical drafters with advanced education and skills. Many job openings will arise from the need to replace electrical drafters that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.

How much do electrical drafters make?

As of this year, the average annual salary for electrical drafters is $49,000; average annual electrical drafter salaries vary greatly on location, industry, company, experience, and benefits (2).

A career as an electrical drafter is a great choice for individuals with a strong interest in planning a variety of electrical systems and activities. Electrical drafters must have good drawing ability and pay close attention to detail. Mechanical ability, visual aptitude, precision, analytical thinking, and good problem solving skills are essential characteristics. Electrical drafters must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills because they work with a variety of other professionals and clients. They must also be able to work effectively independently as well as part of a team. They must cautiously follow all safety precautions to avoid injury from electrical shock.

Becoming an Electrical Drafter Requires Training, Start Today

Are you serious about becoming an Electrical Drafter?  Then you need to get the required skills and training to do it! To start your new career, first you must decide what school you want to enroll in, so you need to gather info about potential schools. Use the College Mouse Degree Search tool to find the right course and college for you, and get started towards your new dream job today! If you want more personalized assistance, call (888) 389-7996 TOLL FREE to speak with a college advisor, who will help you find the best college for you. After you sign up for your course, make sure you fill out and submit the FAFSA so you can take advantage of any financial aid currently available to you!

Written by:  Ray Grant Walden

Ray Grant Walden attended American University College and now lives in Houston. He has enjoyed a very exciting career and has experience in a wide variety of professions, including college counseling.

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