Working as a Drafting Technologist / Technician [NOC 2253]
Working as a Drafting technologist you perform the following duties:
- Develop and prepare engineering designs and drawings
- Operate computer-assisted design (CAD) and drafting workstations
- 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.
Working as a Drafting technician you perform the following duties:
- Develop and prepare engineering drawings, plans, diagrams, or layouts
- Operate computer-assisted drafting (CAD)or a conventional drafting station
In British Columbia, opportunities for drafting technologists and technicians will continue to increase through 2020.
In BC, the majority (70%) of drafting technologists and technicians work in the Lower Mainland.
Job Outlook in BC
Chart from WorkBC
The BC Regional Employment Projections, 2010-2015, provides job openings projections for drafting technologists and technicians (NOC 2253) within BC regions:
|Avg Annual % Change, 5 Years, 2010-2015|
|Lower Mainland /Southwest||3,190||3,640||2.8%|
|North Coast & Nechako||80||70||0.7%|
Source: Regional Employment Projections, BC Stats. Projections for development regions. [accessed October 2014]
You can learn more about drafting technologists/technicians in BC from
Types of Employers
Drafting technologists and technicians are employed by architect firms, engineer firms, consulting and construction, utility, resource, and manufacturing companies, all levels of government, and by a wide range of other establishments.
In BC, the average annual salary for drafting technologists and technicians is between $44,000 and $53,000. Drafters in senior and management positions can earn over $75,000 a year.
In addition to a salary, drafters employed on a full-time usually receive benefits such as health and dental coverage, paid vacations, and paid sick days. Some may also receive contributions to retirement income plans.
Sources: WorkBC & Career Cruising
Across BC, drafting technologists and technicians can expect to make:
Source: Job Bank Canada
Drafting technologists and technicians typically work regular hours, 7 or 8 hours a day, five days a week. However, you may be required to work longer hours to meet project deadlines.
Skills, Education and Experience
- Mechanically inclined
- Able to visualize three-dimensional objects
- Artistic, Creative
- Knowledge of manufacturing or construction
- Works well in a team environment
- Oral communication and written skills
Source: Career Cruising
Education and Experience
- Completion of a 1 to 2 year college program in drafting
- Completion of a 2 to 3 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 3 to 4 year apprenticeship program
- Completion of a 1 to 2 year college program in drafting
- Completion of a 3 to 4 year apprenticeship program in drafting. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training and experience with in-class instruction
- Completion of 4 to 5 years of related experience plus completion of college or industry courses in drafting are usually required for drafting technicians.
The profession is not regulated in British Columbia.
Certification with the provincial technology association is voluntary and not mandatory in order to gain employment. However, it is illegal to use specific professional designations without being certified. In British Columbia certification is carried out by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) in accordance with national standards set by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). Professional designations granted under the ASTT Act include Applied Science Technologist (AScT) and Certified Technician (CTech).
AScT and CTech certification requirements include academic qualifications either as a technologist (diploma) or a technician (certificate) from a recognized The applicant also requires a minimum of 2 years of related work experience, with at least 1 year at the level of certification. In addition, one year of the work experience must be in Canada.
For more information see: ASTTBC
Internationally Trained Drafting Technologists and Technicians
Internationally trained professionals may qualify for provisional membership through Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC), provided that your foreign academics and experience are acceptable.
For information on the certification process for internationally trained technologists and technicians:
You’ll find job advertisements in local newspapers, trade journals, and electronic sources, as well as through professional associations’ publications.
You can look at the Vancouver Sun & The Province at Vancouver Public Library for free. Check the job postings daily, the careers section in the Vancouver Sun on Wednesdays and Saturdays and in The Province on Sundays.
Job White Pages
- Available online or in print at the Central Library
NOTE: You can only access this database from the Central Library or VPL branch libraries. Access is NOT available from home or outside the Library.
Online Job Postings
Find jobs posted on a multitude of company career sites and job boards
Professional Associations’ Career Resources
- CTEN – Canadian Technical Employment Network
Online job posting and applicant screening service that brings together skilled technicians and technologists and prospective employers.
Registration is required to access this site. Registration is free to members of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia or other provincial technology associations.
Identifying the Right Position
When you browse job advertisements, you’ll find a range of different job titles that are relevant.
For drafting technologists/technicians, look for these related job titles (from NOC code 2253):
- architectural draftsperson
- computer-assisted drafting (CAD) technician / technologists
- design and drafting technologist
- electrical / electronic draftsperson
- engineering design and drafting technologist
- supervisor, drafting office
Creating a List of Potential Employers
You can use directories to produce lists of employers in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.
- Business in Vancouver Book of Lists. “Biggest Construction Companies”
Also available at the Central Library. 338.9711 B97b
- Canadian Construction Association Membership Directory
See “Corporate Member Firms”
Also available at the Central Library, 380 Bu9Cc
- Contact, Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association Membership Directory
Also available at the Central Library, 380 Bu9CBg
- Reference Canada
Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
In the top search box enter “drafting services” and click LOOKUP.
Select the appropriate headings.
Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number).
Applying for a Job
In Canada, employers usually expect to receive a resume (curriculum vitae) and a cover letter that identifies the position you are applying for and summarizes your relevant experience.
Use the library catalogue to find books on writing resumes and cover letters specific to your industry.
To learn about applying for jobs in Canada, use the following pathfinders:
Getting Help from Industry Sources
Associations for drafting technologists and technicians in BC and Canada provide assistance to individuals. Registration and fees are required for membership.
- Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
The association for technology professionals in British Columbia.
- Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists
The national organization that represents provincial associations who grant and maintain the certification of individual technicians and technologists.
Search the Vancouver Public Library catalogue for journals related to your profession. Examples at the Central Library:
Available at the Central Library, 380 Bu9cBg
- Journal of Commerce (Western Canada’s construction newspaper)
Also available at Central Library, 338.47 J86Bu