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Electronics/Electrical Draughtsperson

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Electronics/electrical draughtspeople produce detailed drawings and instructions, which are then used by production workers to make a wide variety of electronic and electrical products.


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Engineering draughtspeople produce detailed drawings and instructions, which production workers use to make electrical/electronic products and equipment. There are two main types of draughtsperson: design and detail.  
 
Design draughtspeople calculate the number, size and weight of components. They check the design's safety, and come up with the most cost-effective manufacturing methods and materials. Next, they produce a 'scheme' or general outline scale drawing, using a drawing board, stencils or, increasingly, computer-aided design (CAD), which can produce both two- and three-dimensional drawings.  
 
Design draughtspeople need to be familiar with the methods and production processes used on the shop floor, in order to produce a realistic drawing. During all stages of the design process, they consult with production managers and supervisors to see whether their suggestions are workable.  
 
When the scheme drawing is finished, detail draughtspeople produce the final accurate drawings for use by production workers. Design draughtsmen and women supervise detail draughtspeople in this work.  
 
Detail draughtspeople may use CAD or sometimes hand drawing equipment and drawing boards. They break the scheme down into a series of drawings for each stage of production. They must produce drawings that are detailed, clear and easy for the production workers to understand. To help them in this, they need a thorough knowledge of the machinery used on the shop floor. They need to understand what each machine is capable of, and the skill level of the shop floor workers. Drawings provide visual guidelines, showing technical details of the product and structure, specifying dimensions, materials to be used and procedures and processes to be followed.  
 
Both design and detail draughtspeople use mathematical calculations and formulae in their work, and need to be happy working with calculators and computers. They also have to do some basic clerical tasks like filing drawings and making and updating parts lists.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Use computer-aided drafting equipment or conventional drafting stations, technical handbooks, tables, calculators, and traditional drafting tools, such as boards, pencils, protractors, and T-squares.

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Confer with engineering staff and other personnel to resolve problems.

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Draft working drawings, wiring diagrams, wiring connection specifications or cross-sections of underground cables, as required for instructions to installation crew.

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Draw master sketches to scale showing relation of proposed installations to existing facilities and exact specifications and dimensions.

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Measure factors that affect installation and arrangement of equipment, such as distances to be spanned by wire and cable.

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Assemble documentation packages and produce drawing sets which are checked by an engineer or an architect.

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Review completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.

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Prepare and interpret specifications, calculating weights, volumes, and stress factors.

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Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.

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Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment: Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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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.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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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.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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You must be capable of working accurately and carefully, paying great attention to detail and concentrating for long periods. You will need technical ability to produce detailed drawings and good written skills to produce instructions. You should possess good analytical and problem solving skills.  
 
You must also be a good communicator; you need to be able to liaise with supervisors and shop floor workers, listen to their points of view, and produce final drawings and instructions that are easily understood by craft workers and operatives. You should have good computer skills. You should be able to work as part of a team.  
 
You will need normal colour vision to work with colour-coded wires and components.


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Organisation: Electricity Supply Board (ESB)
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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
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