Drafting technologists and technicians (NOC 2253)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Drafting technologists and technicians prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information.

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 Drafting technologists and technicians work for:

  • consulting and construction companies
  • utility, resource and manufacturing companies
  • all levels of government
  • a wide range of other establishments

They work within multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects or industrial designers, or they may work independently.

Common job titles
  • design draftsperson
  • detailer - structural steel drafter
  • drafter / draftsperson
  • drafter-detailer, structural steel
  • drafting design checker
  • drafting supervisor / technician


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
  • verify that design drawings 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

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Senior and supervisory drafting and design technology workers require experience. Nevertheless, mobility is possible to civil, mechanical, electrical or other engineering design technologies through educational or work specialization.

Additional resources

  • Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC)
  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)