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Mechanical Drafters
(SOC Code : 17-3013)
in Ventura 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 .

Ventura County is the same as Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura MSA.
Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura MSA20201st Qtr$34.25$26.75$33.30$40.28

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeAnnual Avg Openings
EstimatedProjectedNumberPercent
Ventura County 2016 - 202670801014.36

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in Ventura County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Architectural and Engineering Services 44220.6%
Architectural and Structural Metals 359.3%
Electronic Instrument Manufacturing 405.8%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 435.6%
Electrical Equipment and Appliances 275.0%
Other General Purpose Machinery Mfg 374.9%
Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing 144.1%
Other Fabricated Metal Product Mfg 274.0%
Employment Services 1093.7%
Machine Shops and Threaded Products 1092.8%
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 112.2%
Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing202.1%
Building Equipment Contractors 7082.0%
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing 11.7%
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 71.2%
Commercial & Service Industry Machinery 241.0%
Machinery & Supply Merchant Wholesalers 1591.0%
Medical Equipment and Supplies Mfg 661.0%

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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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