Mechanical Drafters

risk level
Based on 86 votes
-8.5 %
by year 2032
or $29.47 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

48% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

58% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 48% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Mechanical Drafters will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Mechanical Drafters' job openings is expected to decline 8.5% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Mechanical Drafters' was $61,310, or $29 per hour

'Mechanical Drafters' were paid 32.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 47,540 people employed as 'Mechanical Drafters' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as 'Mechanical Drafters'.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 17-3013.00


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John Myers (Moderate) says
While there is already much that is currently automated (macros, .vb, etc.), there will always be a human element needed. I do think there will one day be a version of AI that is trained on all the major aspects of the human factor for this job, and it will be close enough to fool most people into thinking that it is human thought, but I don't think that will be within two decades.
Mar 16, 2024 at 03:41 AM
S (Moderate) says
It is easy to program drafting and currently some softwares providing that service
Jul 29, 2022 at 01:48 PM
Willis (Low) says
It is quite thought involved process. AI currently is set order of instructions.
Apr 10, 2021 at 06:18 PM
Ryan (No chance) says
To much creativity involved in designing something completely bespoke but automations with drawings from models created by humans and CNC programs will become more and more automated by AI.
Apr 09, 2021 at 11:45 PM
Jimmy says
The job of mechanical drafter won't be fully automated or replaced by IA ,but powerful software like driveworks ,are going to be the new standard on almost every company around the world and eventually those software will lowered the workforce and maybe the salary.
Apr 23, 2020 at 01:54 AM
Joe (Highly likely) says
Criteria based
Oct 18, 2019 at 01:17 AM
D (Uncertain) says
lots of inputs that aren't very machine compatible
Oct 08, 2019 at 09:28 PM

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