22212 – Drafting technologists and technicians



22212 – Drafting technologists and technicians
Drafting technologists and technicians prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information, such as building information models (BIM), 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.


Index of titles
Aeronautical draftsperson
Air conditioning systems draftsperson
Architectural draftsperson
Building information modelling (BIM) coordinator
Building information modelling (BIM) designer
Building information modelling (BIM) specialist
Building information modelling (BIM) technician
Building information modelling (BIM) technologist
Building systems draftsperson
Chief draftsperson
Civil draftsperson
Commercial draftsperson
Computer-aided design (CAD) specialist - drafting
Computer-aided design (CAD) technologist
Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) technologist
Computer-aided drafting (CAD) technician
Computer-assisted design and drafting (CADD) operator
Computer-assisted drafting (CAD) draftsperson
Computer-assisted drafting (CAD) draftsperson - printed circuit boards
Computer-assisted drafting (CAD) operator
Computer-assisted drafting (CAD) technician
Computer-assisted electromechanical design draftsperson
Design and drafting technologist
Design draftsperson
Design technician - drafting
Design technologist - drafting
Detail draftsperson
Detailer - structural steel drafter
Drafting checker
Drafting clerk
Drafting design checker
Drafting group leader
Drafting office supervisor
Drafting supervisor
Drafting technician
Drafting technologist
Drafting tracer
Draftsperson - computer-assisted design
Draftspersons supervisor
Electrical drafting supervisor
Electrical draftsperson
Electrical marine draftsperson
Electromechanical draftsperson
Electronic draftsperson
Engineering design and drafting technologist
Engineering draftsperson
General draftsperson
Geological draftsperson
Geophysical draftsperson
Heating and ventilation systems draftsperson
Heating systems draftsperson
Hull draftsperson - shipbuilding and repair
Hydraulic machinery draftsperson
Marine drafting supervisor
Mechanical building draftsperson
Mechanical design draftsperson
Mechanical draftsperson
Mine draftsperson
Municipal draftsperson
Optical draftsperson
Petroleum exploration draftsperson
Piping draftsperson
Process piping draftsperson
Refrigeration systems draftsperson
Ship detail draftsperson
Shipbuilding draftsperson
Steel detailer - drafting
Steel frame draftsman/woman
Steel frame draftsperson
Structural draftsperson
Structural steel detailer
Structural steel drafter-detailer
Structural steel draftsperson
Survey draftsperson
Technical illustrator - drafting
Tool checker - drafting
Tool design draftsperson


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Drafting technologists
Develop and prepare engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data
Create building information models (BIM), using computer software, to provide digital representations of physical and functional aspects of buildings and other engineering projects
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
Develop and prepare engineering drawings, plans, diagrams or layouts from sketches
Operate computer-assisted drafting equipment or a conventional drafting station.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary 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.
Trade certification for draftspersons is available, but voluntary in Ontario.
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.


Additional information
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.


Architectural design technologist (in 22210 Architectural technologists and technicians)
Civil engineering design technologist (in 22300 Civil engineering technologists and technicians)
Electrical engineering design technologist; electronics engineering design technologist (in 22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians)
Industrial designers (22211)
Mechanical engineering design technologist (in 22301 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians)