Drafting technologists and technicians

Drafting technologists and technicians

NOC
2253

May work independently or assist engineers, architects or industrial designers by preparing drawings and related technical information.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

32
 

Median Hourly Wage

$25.64
$19.00
Low
$40.00
High

Median Salary

$45,195
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

358
 

% Working Full Time

95%
 

% Working Full Year

80%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Drafting technologists and technicians prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information, in multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects or industrial designers, or they may work independently. They are employed by consulting and construction companies, utility, resource and manufacturing companies, all levels of government and by a wide range of other establishments.

Main Duties

Drafting technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
Drafting technologists

  • Develop and prepare engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data
  • Operate computer-assisted design (CAD) and drafting workstations
  • Develop and prepare design sketches
  • Complete documentation packages and produce drawing sets
  • Check and verify design drawings to conform to specifications and design data
  • Write technical reports
  • Prepare contracts and tender documents
  • Prepare construction specifications, costs and material estimates
  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.

Drafting technicians

  • Develop and prepare engineering drawings, plans, diagrams or layouts from sketches
  • Operate computer-assisted drafting equipment or a conventional drafting station.

Also Known As

  • architectural draftsperson
  • computer-assisted design and drafting technologist
  • computer-assisted drafting (CAD) technician
  • design and drafting technologist
  • drafting office supervisor
  • drafting technician
  • drafting technologist
  • draftsperson
  • electrical draftsperson
  • electromechanical draftsperson
  • electronic draftsperson
  • engineering design and drafting technologist
  • mechanical draftsperson
  • steel detailer - drafting
  • structural draftsperson
  • structural steel drafter-detailer
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year college program in engineering design and drafting technology or in a related field is usually required for drafting and design technologists.
  • Completion of a one- to two-year college program in drafting or Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or Four to five years of related experience plus completion of college or industry courses in drafting are usually required for drafting technicians.
  • Trade certification for draftspersons is available, but voluntary in Ontario.
  • Certification in engineering design and drafting technology or in a related field through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists and technicians may be required by employers.
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

27.0%
Female
73.0%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

3.2%
15-24
30.6%
25-34
30.6%
35-44
17.7%
45-54
17.7%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
12.7%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
6.4%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
77.8%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
3.2%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

50.0%
Professional, scientific and technical services
30.0%
Manufacturing
8.3%
Construction
11.7%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

6.60%
Northeast
44.30%
Southeast
21.30%
Southwest
27.90%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

N/A
Northeast
$46,416
Southeast
$44,141
Southwest
$52,548
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$25.64
$19.00
Low
$40.00
High
No Data Available

Central

$25.64
$19.00
Low
$40.00
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$45,195

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$48,236

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$45,195

Newfoundland

$46,804

Prince Edward Island

$32,219

Nova Scotia

$49,952

Canada

$48,347
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

32
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

30
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

132
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

32
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

97