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Drafting technologists and technicians

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2253

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 for Drafting technologists and technicians

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

Working Conditions for Drafting technologists and technicians

Work is typically performed in an office environment.

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