Drafting Technician / Technologist

Photo by Brian Westin on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), 2012
Photo by Brian Westin on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), 2012


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Drafting technicians and technologists are responsible for preparing engineering designs, drawings and related technical information, in multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects or industrial designers. They typically operate computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting stations and play a critical role, especially throughout the designing, building and repairing stages for aircraft and marine vessels.

Work type:


Most likely to work in:

Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

Most employees have:

Trades certificate or diploma


Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

What you do

A Drafting Technician / Technologist performs 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
  • Check and verify design drawings to conform to specifications and design data
  • Write technical reports
  • Prepare contracts and tender documents

What you need

  • A natural interest and aptitude in drawing and sketching
  • Ability to implement a creative and systematic approach to projects
  • Ability to be accurate, precise, and efficient
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills

Who's hiring in Atlantic Canada?

Your Career Pathway

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Allows qualified tradespersons to practice the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated, without having to write further examinations. Requirements may also vary by trade.