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Mechanical Drafters
(SOC Code : 17-3013)
in San Diego County

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with Post secondary vocational training .

San Diego County is the same as San Diego-Carlsbad MSA.
Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
San Diego-Carlsbad MSA20201st Qtr$37.16$28.34$36.02$45.27

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
San Diego County 2016 - 2026410450409.840

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in San Diego County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Architectural and Engineering Services 1,86120.6%
Architectural and Structural Metals 1159.3%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 885.8%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 1305.6%
Electrical Equipment and Appliances 835.0%
Other General Purpose Machinery Mfg 674.9%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 204.1%
Other Fabricated Metal Product Mfg 804.0%
Employment Services 3903.7%
Machine Shops and Threaded Products 2422.8%
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 382.2%
Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing1052.1%
Building Equipment Contractors 2,2442.0%
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 141.7%
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 521.2%
Commercial & Service Industry Machinery 411.0%
Machinery & Supply Merchant Wholesalers 5101.0%
Medical Equipment and Supplies Mfg 2491.0%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Develop detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment, dies, tools, and controls, using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment.
Lay out and draw schematic, orthographic, or angle views to depict functional relationships of components, assemblies, systems, and machines.
Coordinate with and consult other workers to design, lay out, or detail components and systems and to resolve design or other problems.
Check dimensions of materials to be used and assign numbers to the materials.
Review and analyze specifications, sketches, drawings, ideas, and related data to assess factors affecting component designs and the procedures and instructions to be followed.
Modify and revise designs to correct operating deficiencies or to reduce production problems.
Compute mathematical formulas to develop and design detailed specifications for components or machinery using computer-assisted equipment.
Position instructions and comments onto drawings.
Lay out, draw, and reproduce illustrations for reference manuals and technical publications to describe operation and maintenance of mechanical systems.
Design scale or full-size blueprints of specialty items such as furniture and automobile body or chassis components.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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