Occupational Employment Statistics


17-3013 Mechanical Drafters

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

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 11012$25.06/hr$17.44/hr$20.64/hr$24.09/hr$29.36/hr$34.19/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities40$28.04/hr
Professional and Business Services460$29.50/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$22.99/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$27.26/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$29.77/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$29.77/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$23.33/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$23.17/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$25.62/hr9.7%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$25.69/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 80$26.49/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 90$26.80/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 90$25.98/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 110$24.09/hr25.5%
Southeast Minnesota 110$26.60/hr12.4%
Northwest Balance of State 110$23.99/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 110$28.14/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 220$26.85/hr18.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,060$30.12/hr3.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,180$29.65/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,690$28.63/hr8.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 310$32.38/hr8.0%
Electrical Engineers 3,930$48.15/hr10.1%
Commercial and Industrial Designers 590$31.54/hr3.5%
Architectural and Civil Drafters 1,970$26.39/hr9.9%
Engineers, All Other 2,190$48.97/hr-0.3%

  • 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.