Estimator and Drafter

Draw up specifications for installation of voltage transformers.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $83,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Estimator and Drafters do?

Draws up specifications and instructions for installation of voltage transformers, overhead or underground cables, and related electrical equipment used to conduct electrical energy from transmission lines or high-voltage distribution lines to consumers: Studies work order request to determine type of service, such as lighting or power, demanded by installation. Visits site of proposed installation and draws rough sketch of location. Takes measurements, such as street dimensions, distances to be spanned by wire and cable, or space available in existing buildings and underground vaults which affect installation and arrangement of equipment. Estimates materials, equipment, and incidentals needed for installation. Draws master sketch showing relation of proposed installation to existing facilities. Makes other drawings, such as pertaining to wiring connections or cross sections of underground cables, as required for instructions to installation crew. Consults POWER-DISTRIBUTION ENGINEER 003.167-046 on difficulties encountered. May draft sketches to scale [DRAFTER, ELECTRICAL 003.281-010]. May estimate labor and material costs, using pricelists and records on previous projects. May inspect completed installation of electrical equipment and related building circuitry to verify conformance with specifications. May perform duties of LAND SURVEYOR 018.167-018 and prepare specifications and diagrams for installation of gas distribution pipes owned by gas-electric utility.


Should I be an Estimator and Drafter?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Detail and Lay-Out Drafter, Distribution Estimator, Lay-Out and Detail Drafter

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