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Occupational Report for Mechanical Drafters (17-3013) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

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

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Mechanical Drafters
Employment Outlook for Mechanical Drafters
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable, but limited, employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the need to fill replacement openings.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Mechanical Drafters There are 15 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 15 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Designer 9/17/14 Wilsonville Neg.
Drafter/Engineer 9/15/14 Redmond $20.00/hr to $35.00/hr DOE
Solidworks Designer / Drafter 9/12/14 Redmond DOE
Mechanical Design & Drafting 9/12/14 Wilsonville Neg.
Mechanical Design & Drafting 9/11/14 Wilsonville Neg.
Draftsman 9/3/14 Corvallis $14.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE
CAD Drafter 8/31/14 Portland
Designer-Drafter 8/26/14 Tualatin
CAD/Solid Works Mechanical Drafter 8/19/14 Eugene $10.00/hr DOE
Mechanical Designer/Drafter 8/11/14 Tualatin Neg.
Drafter/Designer 7/31/14 Reedsport DOE
Computaer Aided Drafting (CAD) / Solidworks Engineer Drafting 7/24/14 Eugene $14.00/hr to $16.00/hr DOE
PV Designer / Drafter (ProSTEP OJT) 7/22/14 Hillsboro DOE
Mechanical Drafter/Designer 7/9/14 Tualatin DOE
Mechanical Drafter 7/3/14 Eugene $20.00/hr to $21.00/hr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Mechanical Drafters The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 10 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 10 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Autocad Drafter 9/16/14 Portland Aerotek
Solidworks Designer / Drafter 9/12/14 Redmond
Cad Drafter 9/9/14 Woodburn trading company
Marine Drafter 8/29/14 Portland
AutoCAD Drafter - Custom Cabinetry and Decorative Metal 8/27/14 Portland Volt
DESIGNER-DRAFTER 8/24/14 Tualatin Illinois Tool Works Inc.
DESIGNER-DRAFTER 8/22/14 Tualatin ITW
Cad Drafter 8/5/14 Wilsonville Volt
Mechanical Drafter/Designer 7/9/14 Tualatin
Cad Detailer 7/4/14 Portland Providence Health & Services
State of Oregon License Information for Mechanical Drafters No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Mechanical Drafters
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $16.17 $20.14 $24.09 $27.90 $32.06 $24.04 $50,001
Multnomah / Washington 17.75 21.68 25.59 28.80 34.22 25.59 53,217
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 18.73 20.75 23.71 27.09 29.17 23.28 48,421
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 17.93 20.12 22.91 26.76 29.41 23.40 48,677
Lane 15.95 18.67 21.83 25.41 28.46 21.91 45,583
Jackson / Josephine 9.56 16.89 20.30 22.36 25.19 19.27 40,081
Clackamas 15.75 20.44 25.40 28.79 34.30 24.95 51,892
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Mechanical Drafters
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 667 697 30 4.5% 3 9 12
Multnomah / Washington 351 366 15 4.3% 2 5 7
Clackamas 101 102 1 1.0% 0 1 1
Lane 65 67 2 3.1% 0 1 1
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 54 55 1 1.9% 0 1 1
Jackson / Josephine 35 35 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 27 28 1 3.7% 0 0 0
Douglas 16 16 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 16 17 1 6.2% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 7 7 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 6 6 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 5 5 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Mechanical Drafters
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 667
Total All Industries Private 666
Construction Private 29
Specialty Trade Contractors Private 25
Building Equipment Contractors Private 21
Manufacturing Private 446
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing Private 20
Plastics Product Manufacturing Private 20
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 91
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing Private 11
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 35
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing Private 10
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 10
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 22
Machinery Manufacturing Private 201
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing Private 20
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing Private 42
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing Private 11
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing Private 38
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing Private 25
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 61
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 13
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 70
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing Private 10
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing Private 16
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing Private 37
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing Private 15
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 15
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 13
Wholesale Trade Private 35
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 35
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers Private 19
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 94
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services Private 80
Scientific Research and Development Services Private 10
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 18
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 29
Administrative and Support Services Private 29
Employment Services Private 24
Educational Requirements for Mechanical Drafters The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award.
Skills for Mechanical Drafters
  • Apply Basic Engineering Principles
  • Apply Drafting And Mechanical Drawing Knowledge And Techniques
  • Apply Field Notes To Detailed Technical Drawings
  • Apply Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Technical Engineering Regulations
  • Apply Technical Information To Manufacturing And Industrial Activities
  • Draw Prototypes And Plans To Scale
  • Interpret Computerized Data And Reports
  • Maintain Blueprinting Equipment
  • Prepare Drawings Of Machinery And Mechanical Devices
  • Prepare Working Diagrams Of Aircraft, Missiles And Parts
  • Read Blueprints And Technical Drawings
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Solidworks Software
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Compass, Dividers, Protractors And Triangles To Draw Manually
  • Use Computer Aided Drafting Software
  • Use Computers For Design, Drafting, Modeling And Other Engineering Tasks
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Metric System
  • Use Trigonometry
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Mechanical Drafters The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
ITT Technical Institute-Portland
9500 NE Cascades Parkway
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: (503) 255-6500
Programs of Training:
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Clatsop Community College
1653 Jerome Ave
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-0910
Programs of Training:
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Beyond Limitations Career School
3829 SE 74th Ave
Portland, OR 97206-2437
Phone: (503) 261-1266
Programs of Training:
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: (541) 276-1260
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Mechanical Drafters These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Clackamas Community College
Lane Community College
Rogue Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Mechanical Drafters matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Drafters, All Other 59%
Electrical And Electronics Drafters 57%
Architectural And Civil Drafters 45%
Civil Engineering Technicians 31%