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Electrical Drafter  What They Do

Just the Facts


Develops 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.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Design/Pre-Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Uses computer-aided drafting equipment or conventional drafting stations, technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and traditional drafting tools, such as boards, pencils, protractors, and T-squares.
  • Drafts working drawings, wiring diagrams, wiring connection specifications or cross-sections of underground cables, as required for instructions to installation crew.
  • Assembles documentation packages and produces drawing sets which are checked by an engineer or an architect.
  • Reviews completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.
  • Confers with engineering staff and other personnel to resolve problems.
  • Measures factors that affect installation and arrangement of equipment, such as distances to be spanned by wire and cable.
  • Designs electrical systems, such as lighting systems.
  • Draws master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.
  • Studies work order requests to determine type of service, such as lighting or power, demanded by installation.
  • Explains drawings to production or construction teams and provides adjustments as necessary.

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
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • 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
  • 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:

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