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DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

17-3013 Mechanical Drafters



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

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northeast Minnesota 409$32.13/hr$24.17/hr$28.34/hr$30.90/hr$38.57/hr$39.38/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Construction30$40.06/hr
Manufacturing840$30.77/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities10$30.19/hr
Professional and Business Services310$24.27/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$24.06/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$24.46/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$28.54/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$30.19/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$30.90/hr-5.7%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$30.90/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$30.56/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 40$31.42/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$24.65/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 70$27.13/hr-4.6%
Southwest Minnesota 70$24.46/hr0.0%
Northwest Balance of State 70$23.97/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 80$23.97/hr-2.8%
Southwest Balance of State 90$29.84/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 130$30.73/hr-0.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 790$30.78/hr-5.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 860$30.77/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,200$30.72/hr-4.6%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 400$34.17/hrN/A
Commercial and Industrial Designers 940$38.14/hr1.3%
Electrical Engineers 3,810$50.60/hr3.9%
Architectural and Civil Drafters 1,720$30.87/hr-0.6%
Mechanical Engineers 5,850$40.63/hr6.0%
Architectural and Engineering Managers 4,120$78.24/hr3.6%


  • Develop detailed design drawings and specifications for mechanical equipment, dies, tools, and controls, using computer-assisted drafting (CAD) equipment.
  • Produce three-dimensional models, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Design scale or full-size blueprints of specialty items, such as furniture and automobile body or chassis components.
  • Draw freehand sketches of designs, trace finished drawings onto designated paper for the reproduction of blueprints, and reproduce working drawings on copy machines.
  • Compute mathematical formulas to develop and design detailed specifications for components or machinery, using computer-assisted equipment.
  • Position instructions and comments onto drawings.
  • 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.
  • Lay out and draw schematic, orthographic, or angle views to depict functional relationships of components, assemblies, systems, and machines.