Electrical Drafter Duties and Responsibilities
The typical duties of an electrical drafter can vary somewhat, but their core duties tend to involve:
Design and Draw Wiring Diagrams
Electrical drafters develop wiring diagrams throughout the project lifecycle. These diagrams include a master drawing that shows structures and wiring systems, as well as detail drawings illustrating electrical connections, distances, and landscape elements that need to be considered during the planning stage. Electrical drafters may also prepare drawings that illustrate wiring connections and equipment.
Calculate Material and Transmission Needs
Electrical drafters work closely alongside Electrical engineers, architects, and technicians to determine project specifications and functional requirements. They examine proposed sites and projects to determine power needs and generate estimates for materials, such as wire or underground pipes. Electrical drafters tend to work with engineers throughout a project, as power needs can change as work continues.
Develop Technical Specification Guides
Once they have gathered functional requirements for a power transmission project, electrical drafters develop and prepare technical specification guidelines. They may assemble a series of documents to guide installation and maintenance of electrical lines. This requires a high level of attention to detail, as electrical drafters check technical documents to ensure a high level of accuracy.
Direct Electrical Installers
Electrical drafters also work closely with contractors and installers throughout the project lifecycle. Early in the process, they review documents and diagrams with installers, answering questions related to materials or power needs. Later, they inspect contractors’ work to ensure they are following diagrams and adhering to specifications.
Resolve Electrical Planning Issues
Finally, electrical drafters collaborate with technicians, engineers, and contractors to resolve electrical issues that arise during the project lifecycle. For example, a contractor may inform an engineer that he is unable to follow the current specifications due to unforeseen circumstances; the electrical drafter will revise the drawings and return them to the engineer for approval.
Skills and Qualifications
• Design–strong sense of design,
• Drafting skills–training in both hand- and computer-aided drafting
• Collaborative skills– the job entails collaborating with other team members such as engineers, architects, and technicians, along with contractors and installers, frequently collaborating throughout the design and installation process
• Problem-solving skills
• Communication skills
Tools of the Trade:
• The job entails a lot of office setting however the technician may be Electrical drafters tend to work in office settings, but they may also need to visit sites to provide guidance, take measurements, or inspect components. They should be able to use standard office software in addition to the following:
• Computer-aided drafting (CAD) software (AutoCAD, SketchUp)
Education and Training
• Certificate in Computer Aided Design
• Experience or self-taught in CAD programs like Revit, AutoCAD and Sketch up