Electronic Drafter

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Electronic Drafters Career Video

Draws wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, schematics, and layout drawings used for manufacture, installation, and repair of electronic equipment.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Consults with engineers to discuss or interpret design concepts, or determine requirements of detailed working drawings.
  • Examines electronic schematics and supporting documents to develop, compute, and verify specifications for drafting data, such as configuration of parts, dimensions, or tolerances.
  • Drafts detail and assembly drawings of design components, circuitry or printed circuit boards, using computer-assisted equipment or standard drafting techniques and devices.
  • Locates files relating to specified design project in database library, load program into computer, and record completed job data.
  • Reviews work orders or procedural manuals and confers with vendors or design staff to resolve problems or modify design.
  • Generates computer tapes of final layout design to produce layered photo masks or photo plotting design onto film.
  • Keys and programs specified commands and engineering specifications into computer system to change functions and tests final layout.
  • Supervises and coordinates work activities of workers engaged in drafting, designing layouts, assembling, or testing printed circuit boards.
  • Compares logic element configuration on display screen with engineering schematics and calculates figures to convert, redesign, or modify element.
  • Reviews blueprints to determine customer requirements and consults with assembler regarding schematics, wiring procedures, or conductor paths.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Design Drafter
  • Designer
  • Drafter
  • Integrated Circuit IC Layout Designer (IC Layout Designer)
  • Layout Designer
  • Mask Designer
  • Printed Circuit Board PCB Designer (PCB Designer)
  • Printed Circuit Board PCB Draftsman (PCB Draftsman)
  • Senior Designer
  • Senior Printed Circuit Board PCB Designer