Profession electronics drafter

Electronics drafters support electronic engineers in the design and conceptualisation of electronic equipment. They draft blueprints and assembly diagrams of electronic systems and components using technical drawing software.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Electronic components

    Devices and components that can be found in electronic systems. These devices can range from simple components such as amplifiers and oscillators, to more complex integrated packages, such as integrated circuits and printed circuit boards.

  • CAD software

    The computer-aided design (CAD) software for creating, modifying, analysing or optimising a design.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Manual draughting techniques

    Techniques used for creating detailed drawings of designs by using specialised pencils, rulers, templates and scales.

  • Printed circuit boards

    Printed circuit boards (PCB) are essential components to almost all electronic devices. They consist of thin wafers or substrates on which electronic components, such as microchips, are placed. The electronic components are electrically connected through conductive tracks and pads.

  • Electronic equipment standards

    The national and international quality and safety standards and regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of electronic equipment and its components, such as semiconductors and printed circuit boards.

  • Types of electronics

    The different categories of electronics, such as consumer electronics, medical devices, microelectronics, computers, information and communication equipment, and measuring equipment.

  • Integrated circuits

    Electronic components, made up from a set of electronic circuits which are placed on semiconductor material, such as silicon. Integrated circuits (IC) can hold billions of electronic components on a microscale and are one of basic components of electronic devices.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Circuit diagrams

    Read and comprehend circuit diagrams showing the connections between the devices, such as power and signal connections.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

Skills

  • Design electronic systems

    Draft sketches and design electronic systems, products, and components using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and equipment. Make a simulation so that an assessment can be made of the viability of the product and so the physical parameters can be examined before the actual building of the product.

  • Draw blueprints

    Draw layout specifications for machinery, equipment and building structures. Specify which materials should be used and the size of the components. Show different angles and views of the product.

  • Use CAD software

    Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.

  • Design prototypes

    Design prototypes of products or components of products by applying design and engineering principles.

  • Customise drafts

    Edit drawings, schematic diagrams, and drafts according to specifications.

  • Design circuit boards

    Draught circuit boards used in electronic product such as cell phones and computers, make sure to include integrated circuits and microchips in the design.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Create technical plans

    Create detailed technical plans of machinery, equipment, tools and other products.

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

Optional knowledge and skills

electrical engineering design sensors design hardware provide technical documentation consumer electronics engineering principles review drafts communicate with customers manufacturing processes apply technical communication skills prepare assembly drawings create a product's virtual model develop assembly instructions design microelectronics keep records of work progress train employees plan manufacturing processes draft bill of materials use manual draughting techniques power electronics