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 18016$25.37/hr$17.49/hr$20.73/hr$25.28/hr$29.68/hr$33.06/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities160$28.76/hr
Professional and Business Services410$29.71/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Minnesota N/A$27.10/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/A$25.94/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$25.16/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$29.15/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$22.47/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$23.66/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$23.44/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$23.09/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 70$26.24/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 90$24.48/hr9.7%
Northwest Balance of State 120$24.56/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 120$26.38/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$24.38/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 130$24.94/hr12.4%
Northwest Minnesota 180$25.28/hr25.5%
Central Minnesota 260$25.94/hr18.9%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,320$29.85/hr3.7%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,430$29.55/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,030$28.48/hr8.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 360$32.56/hr8.0%
Electrical Engineers 3,910$46.65/hr10.1%
Commercial and Industrial Designers 530$31.84/hr3.5%
Architectural and Civil Drafters 1,870$26.37/hr9.9%
Engineers, All Other 2,450$49.53/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.