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Electronic Drafter  What They Do

Just the Facts

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 Architecture and Construction cluster Design/Pre-Construction pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Consults with engineers to discuss and interpret design concepts, and 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, and tolerances.
  • Drafts detail and assembly drawings of design components, circuitry and printed circuit boards, using computer-assisted equipment or standard drafting techniques and devices.
  • Locates files relating to specified design project in database library, loads program into computer, and records completed job data.
  • Reviews work orders and procedural manuals and confers with vendors and design staff to resolve problems and modify design.
  • Generates computer tapes of final layout design to produce layered photo masks and photo plotting design onto film.
  • Keys and programs specified commands and engineering specifications into computer system to change functions and test final layout.
  • Supervises and coordinates work activities of workers engaged in drafting, designing layouts, assembling, and testing printed circuit boards.
  • Compares logic element configuration on display screen with engineering schematics and calculates figures to convert, redesign, and modify element.
  • Reviews blueprints to determine customer requirements and consults with assembler regarding schematics, wiring procedures, and 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
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • 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:

  • CADD Drafter (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Drafter) -- Operates computer-aided design (Cad) system and peripheral equipment to resize or modify integrated circuit designs (artwork) and to generate computer tape of artwork for use in producing mask plates used in manufacturing integrated circuits.
  • Electromechanisms Design Drafter -- Drafts designs of electromechanical equipment such as aircraft engine subassemblies, electronic optical-character-recognition and related data processing systems, gyroscopes, rocket engine control systems, automatic materials handling and processing