Electronic Drafters

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Test Fixture Designer
  • Senior Printed Circuit Board PCB Designer
  • Senior Designer
  • Printed Circuit Designer
  • Printed Circuit Board PCB Draftsman (PCB Draftsman)
  • Printed Circuit Board PCB Designer (PCB Designer)
  • Printed Circuit Board Layout Designer (PCB Layout Designer)
  • Printed Circuit Board Drafter
  • Mask Layout Designer
  • Mask Designer
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What They Do

  • Train students to use drafting machines and to prepare schematic diagrams, block diagrams, control drawings, logic diagrams, integrated circuit drawings, or interconnection diagrams.
  • Copy drawings of printed circuit board fabrication using print machine or blueprinting procedure.
  • Plot electrical test points on layout sheets and draw schematics for wiring test fixture heads to frames.
  • Select drill size to drill test head, according to test design and specifications, and submit guide layout to designated department.
  • Review blueprints to determine customer requirements and consult with assembler regarding schematics, wiring procedures, or conductor paths.
  • Compare logic element configuration on display screen with engineering schematics and calculate figures to convert, redesign, or modify element.
  • Supervise and coordinate work activities of workers engaged in drafting, designing layouts, assembling, or testing printed circuit boards.
  • Key and program specified commands and engineering specifications into computer system to change functions and test final layout.
  • Generate computer tapes of final layout design to produce layered photo masks or photo plotting design onto film.
  • Review work orders or procedural manuals and confer with vendors or design staff to resolve problems or modify design.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CRI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $66,630 with most people making between $38,720 and $97,340


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,900 people in California. It is projected that there will be 6,600 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 70 openings due to growth and about 80 replacement openings for approximately 150 total annual openings.