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Drafting Technologists and Technicians

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NOC:2253
Occupation:Drafting Technologists and Technicians
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

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.

Job duties:
Drafting technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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 perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Develop and prepare engineering drawings, plans, diagrams or layouts from sketches.
  • Operate computer-assisted drafting equipment or a conventional drafting station.
Sample job titles:
  • architectural draftsperson
  • civil draftsperson
  • computer-aided design (CAD) specialist - drafting
  • computer-assisted drafting (CAD) technician
  • design and drafting technologist
  • drafting technician
  • drafting technologist
  • draftsperson
  • engineering design and drafting technologist
  • mechanical draftsperson
Skills:

For these jobs, you should have talent in drawing and sketching. A neat and systematic approach to projects is important. You must be accurate, precise, and efficient. The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines may also be necessary. Computer skills are usually required.

Job 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.
  • 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.
Other considerations:

Jobs tend to be seasonal, perhaps as a result of increased construction and renovation activity in the summer months. Continued employment in these jobs will require constant learning to keep pace with the rapidly changing technology in this highly computerized field. Because the work is closely related to construction activity, employment levels are sensitive to changes in economic conditions. Mobility is possible to civil, mechanical, electrical or other engineering design technologies through educational or work specialization. Senior and supervisory drafting and design technology workers require experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Drafting Technologists and Technicians most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 74% of Drafting Technologists and Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $54,666. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Drafting Technologists and Technicians515Weak growth40Moderate
Minimum: $19.23
Median: $26.92
Maximum: $38.46
Minimum: $16,060
Median: $48,626
Maximum: $75,644
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Drafting Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time95%94%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentDrafting Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern7%x12%$30,581
Northern18%$36,83216%$33,660
Cape Breton7%x13%$32,974
Halifax62%$39,70447%$41,209
Annapolis Valley6%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeDrafting Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-2410%x
25-3415%14%
35-4419%33%
45-5424%32%
55-6418%18%
65+15%4%
Median Age4243
GenderDrafting Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female23%20%
Male77%80%
EducationDrafting Technologists and TechniciansCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax0.7%$28,107
High school7.7%x12.1%$35,125
Trades certificate12.0%x6.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma65.0%x33.7%$52,476
University certificate or diploma2.6%x3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree11.1%$60,00929.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax2.0%$54,917
Master's degreeN/Ax9.7%$37,706
Doctorate2.6%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567
info@technova.ca
Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
2197 Riverside Dr., Suite 405
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X3
Tel: (613) 238-8123
Fax: (613) 238-8822
ccttadm@cctt.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Architectural drafting and architectural CAD/CADD
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to develop working drawings and electronic simulations for architectural and related construction projects. These programs include courses in basic construction and structural design, architectural rendering, architectural-aided drafting (CAD), layout and designs, architectural blueprint interpretation, building materials, and basic structural wiring diagramming.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:CAD/CADD drafting and/or design technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical skills and advanced computer software and hardware to the creation of graphic representations and simulations in support of engineering projects. These programs include courses in engineering graphics, two-dimensional and three-dimensional engineering design, solids modelling, engineering animation, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided design (CADD), and auto-CAD techniques.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to develop working schematics and representations in support of electrical/electronic engineers, computer engineers, and related professionals. These programs include courses in basic electronics, electrical systems and computer layouts; electrode-mechanical drafting; manufacturing circuitry; computer-aided drafting (CAD); and electrical systems specification interpretation.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
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