Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson – ANZSCO 312511

Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons prepare detailed drawings and plans of mechanical engineering work in support of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.
Skill Level
  • Airconditioning Drafting Officer
  • Heating and Ventilating Technical Officer
  • Tool Design Draftsperson
  • Tool Designer
Skills Assessment Requirement

Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.

Skills Assessment authority for Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson is Engineers Australia. To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Six pathways for skills assessment by Engineers Australia:
    • Pathway A – If you hold an accredited qualification:
      • Australian qualification pathway if you have studied in Australia and hold a qualification which is accredited by Engineers Australia
      • Washington accord qualification pathway if your qualification is from a country which is a full signatory to the Washington Accord
      • Sydney accord qualification pathway if your qualification is from a county which is a full signatory to the Sydney Accord
      • Dublin accord qualification pathway if your qualification is from a country which is a full signatory to the Dublin Accord
      • You otherwise hold other recognised qualifications
    • Pathway B – Competency Demonstration Report Pathway
      • If you do not hold an accredited qualification or do not want to be assessed according to your degree title or course content
    • Competent English level = IELTS 6
    • For any of the qualification pathways you are required to provide:
      • CV/Resume containing a full summary of your engineering education and work experience
      • Academic degree certificate (a letter of completion will only be accepted as a substitute before graduation and only for Australian qualifications)
      • Complete and official academic transcript (including any recognition of prior learning and course syllabus where applicable)
      • Official English translations of above documents where applicable
    • For the competency demonstration report pathway, you are required to provide and prepare:
      • CV/Resume containing a full summary of your engineering education and work experience
      • A reference letter or certificate from your employer on official company letterhead
      • A report containing evidence of continuing professional development, three ‘career episodes’ (each describing a specific aspect of your engineering activity) and a summary statement

Did you know?

When applying under any of the Accord Qualification Pathways Engineers Australia will only consider your qualification if it was obtained the same year or after the country in which you studied became a full Signatory.

You can follow these links for relevant dates and signatory details:

Washington Accord Pathway:follow this link

Sydney Accord Pathway:follow this link

Dublin Accord Pathway:follow this link

Potential Visa Pathways for Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
ANZSCOOccupationSkills Assessment189190485 491 (State)491 (Family)186 (Direct)407 (Training)494 (regional Sponsored)482 (TSS Medium Term)
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Group: 3125 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

Assist in mechanical engineering research, design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, manufacturing equipment, mechanical installations and facilities.
  • Preparing drawings, plans and designs for mechanical engineering work under the direction of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists
  • Assisting Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in the design of mechanical equipment and plant
  • Selecting tools and equipment
  • Assembling and installing new and modified mechanical assemblies, components, machine tools and controls, and hydraulic power systems
  • Estimating material costs and quantities, and machine requirements
  • Performing and directing field and laboratory tests
  • Collecting and analysing data, carrying out complex computations and preparing diagrams
  • Organising and supervising inspection and maintenance of machines and plant
  • Ensuring that designs and finished work are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions
Skill Level
In Australia and New Zealand:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the following qualifications:

  • Australia (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
    • AQF Associate Degree; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma; or
    • AQF Diploma
  • New Zealand (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
    • NZQF Diploma

Please note at least three years of relevant experience may be a substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Occupations in this Group
  • 312511 Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician
How to calculate your points (skilled visas)

To apply for a skilled visa, you need to know how many points you can score. The minimum score to be eligible for application is 65 points. However, depending on your occupation, the competitiveness, and the states you are applying to, you might need to score more points to get an invite.

Points will be given to you based on the following:

Click here to calculate your points.

Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)

While the 190 visa is a permanent visa, subclass 491 visa gives you right to live and work in regional Australia for 5 years with a pathway to permanent residency through the subclass 191 visa.

Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.

In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:

Immigration Points

Must score at least 65 points, or higher points if the state or territory requires.


Must have at least Competent English, i.e., IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, or higher if the state or territory requires.


Must be under 45 years of age.

be invited

Must lodge an EOI and be invited by the state or territory and then apply for the visa.

Skills assessment

Must have positive skills assessment. Each occupation has a specific assessing authority.


Must meet health and character requirements.

To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links

State/ Territory
Links to requirements
New South Wales
South Australia
Western Australia
Northern Territory
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

407  Training Visa

The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.

To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:


You must prove that you genuinely stay in Australia for training and will depart when you complete the training.

English Level

Must have Functional English, i.e. IELTS overall 4.5 with no band less than 4, or equivalent.


Must be over 18 years old.

Be Sponsored

You must be sponsored by an approved temporary activities sponsor – Can be an employer or a commonwealth agency

Health and Character

Must meet health and character requirements.

Subclass 494 visa – Skilled Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.

This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.


At least 3 years full-time work experience in the nominated occupation.


Must have at least Competent English, i.e., IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.


Must be under 45 years of age, unless exempt.

Be Sponsored

Must be sponsored by an Australian regional employer.

Subclass 482 visa – Temporary Skill Shortage (Medium Term) visa

The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. This visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. You may apply for as many 482 visas as you want, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you.

English Level

Must have IELTS overall of atleast 5.0 with no band less than 5.0.


There is no age requirement for this visa.

Health and Character

Must meet health and character requirements.


Please note that according to the Department of Home Affairs, caveats apply to this visa type. Subclass 482 visa is only granted to Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons who have an employer in a regional area of Australia.

Job Outlook

  • $1,838 AUD

    Weekly Earnings

  • 88%

    Work full time hours

  • Moderate

    Growth expected in the next 5 years

  • 6% female

    Gender share

  • 42 hours

    Average full-time

  • High skill

    Skill level rating

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