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Engineering Design and Drafting Technologist

Engineering design and drafting technologists develop engineering designs and drawings. They develop these from early concepts and specifications. They prepare technical reports and construction specifications. They also prepare cost and materials estimates and contract documents.

  • Avg. Salary $68,099.00
  • Avg. Wage $34.22
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 5,500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

CAD Technician, CAD Technologist, Civil / Structural Engineering Technologist, Mechanical Designer, Pressure Vessel Designer, Process Designer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Drafting Technologists (2253.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Drafting Technologists and Technicians (C153) 
  • 2011 NOC: Drafting technologists and technicians (2253) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

24%
24%
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Overall
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Engineering Design and Drafting Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Drafting Technologists
METHODICAL

Interest in supervising and training other technologists, technicians and draftspersons; and in ensuring that drawings conform to specifications

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing data to complete documentation packages and produce drawing sets

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to operate computer assisted design (CAD) and drafting workstations, and to check and verify conformance of drawings to design data

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Engineering design and drafting technologists often work on a team with engineers and other professionals. They use CADD (computer-aided design and drafting) software, engineering design software, scientific calculators, and other equipment. They prepare:

  • engineering drawings
  • flow diagrams and schematics
  • layouts
  • specifications
  • maps
  • detailed construction or assembly drawings.

They use methods identified by their profession to design and apply industry standards, codes and regulations.

Engineering design and drafting technologists may also help:

  • estimate project costs and materials
  • manage contracts
  • prepare and understand specifications
  • write reports
  • supervise technicians.

Their duties depend on their field. For example, they may work for companies that specialize in:

  • industrial control and automation
  • process (piping or vessel) design
  • machine design
  • structural design
  • electrical design
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) design
  • highway design
  • subdivision design
  • mapping
  • environmental consulting
  • urban and regional planning.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Engineering design and drafting technologists often work in offices. They tend to work standard office hours. They sometimes work overtime to meet deadlines.

Senior technologists may do field and site work or supervise projects.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Engineering design and drafting technologists need to possess:

  • the ability to be detailed, precise, and accurate
  • the ability to see objects in 3 dimensions by looking at drawings
  • the ability to visualize how parts go together
  • writing and speaking skills (to convey design ideas and solutions clearly and concisely)
  • an aptitude for math and physics
  • the ability to solve problems.

They should enjoy:

  • working methodically
  • analyzing data
  • finding creative solutions
  • working with equipment and instruments at precision tasks.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

The minimum requirement is a related 2-year technical diploma or a university degree.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Bow Valley College

Evergreen College - Calgary

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Certified Engineering Technologist

Under the supervision of a professional engineer or professional technologist in engineering, certified engineering technologists undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may include design, production, marketing, testing, quality control, estimating, surveying, inspecting, diagnostic evaluation, supervision, management and technical sales.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and ASET Regulation (PDF), you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • successful completion of an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET's Professional Practice Exam
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Engineering technologists who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified engineering technologists in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization above.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process (PDF) on AlbertaCanada.com.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering, geology and geophysics, and they have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and Professional Technologists Regulation (PDF), you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering, geology or geophysics within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • at least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of a Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the applicant's proposed area and scope of practice
  • at least 2 years of post-secondary education or 10 years of experience that matches the proposed scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • proof of compliance with ASET's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • proficiency in English
  • successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

A professional technologist may also transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist by completing a transfer form and paying the associated transfer fee. Transfer forms are provided by the provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Engineering design and drafting technologists work for:

  • machine design firms
  • engineering consulting firms
  • government departments
  • construction, manufacturing, and assembly firms
  • petrochemical, food processing, pulp and paper, and energy firms
  • electronics manufacturing firms
  • electronics design firms
  • concrete, steel, timber, and precast firms.

Advancement prospects include supervisor or manager roles. They may also start their own companies. Or they may find career prospects outside Canada with international engineering consulting firms.

Engineering design and drafting technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2253: Drafting technologists and technicians. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up because people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the C153: Drafting Technologists and Technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 140 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018
Drafting technologists and technicians

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.27 $42.28 $26.61 $24.00
Overall $22.90 $51.14 $34.22 $31.25
Top $25.00 $68.15 $43.02 $40.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Manufacturing
ALL INDUSTRIES
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Construction

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

29%
29%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

24%
24%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

1%
1%

Vacancy Rate

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Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Design Studies
  • Science
    • Physics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) www.aset.ab.ca

BuildForce Canada website www.csc-ca.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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