Drafting Technologists and Technicians

(NOC 2253)

in All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 40 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3095 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$19.23

Minimum

$26.92

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$16,060

Minimum

$48,626

Median

$75,644

Maximum

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

Hourly Pay

$17.69

Minimum

$31.35

Median

$47.18

Maximum

Annual Pay

$13,568

Minimum

$60,422

Median

$107,009

Maximum

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

515

employed in 2016

94.8%

employed full-time

6.8%

self employed

23.1%
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76.9%
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42.3

median age

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

25,875

employed in 2016

93.6%

employed full-time

6.9%

self employed

20.0%
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80%
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42.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

62.0%

Halifax

18.2%

Northern

6.6%

Southern

6.6%

Cape Breton

5.8%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

46.1%

Professional Business Services

10.8%

Construction

7.8%

Manufactured Mineral Products

5.9%

Public Administration

4.9%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

24.2%

45-54

19.4%

35-44

17.7%

55-64

14.5%

65+

14.5%

25-34

9.7%

15-24

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

32.5%

35-44

32.0%

45-54

18.0%

55-64

13.5%

25-34

3.5%

65+

Top levels of education

65.0%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
12.0%

Trades certificate

N/A
11.1%

Bachelor's degree

$60,009 median annual income
7.7%

High school

N/A
2.6%

University certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

33.7%

College certificate or diploma

$52,476 median annual income
29.7%

Bachelor's degree

$58,011 median annual income
12.1%

High school

$35,125 median annual income
9.7%

Master's degree

$37,706 median annual income
6.8%

Trades certificate

$54,923 median annual income

Education & training

Architectural drafting and architectural CAD/CADD

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

CAD/CADD drafting and/or design technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

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.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

TechNova
202 Brownlow Avenue, Cambridge 1, Suite 308
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1T5
Tel: (902) 463-3236
Fax: (902) 465-7567
Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
2197 Riverside Dr., Suite 405
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X3
Tel: (613) 238-8123
Fax: (613) 238-8822

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