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Engineering Design and Drafting Technologist

Engineering design and drafting technologists develop engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts and specifications, and prepare technical reports, construction specifications, cost and materials estimates and contract documents.

  • Avg. Salary $69,520.00
  • Avg. Wage $34.03
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 9,300
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

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

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

46%
46%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
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  • Certification Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Engineering Design and Drafting Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Drafting Technologists
NOC code: 2253.1
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 Dec 19, 2016

Engineering design and drafting technologists usually work as part of a team of engineers and other professionals. They use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) applications, engineering design software, scientific calculators and other equipment to prepare:

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

This involves using prescribed methods of design and applying industry standards, codes and regulations. 

Engineering design and drafting technologists also are involved in related activities such as:

  • estimating project materials and costs
  • administering contracts
  • preparing and interpreting specifications
  • writing reports 
  • supervising the work of technicians.

Specific duties and responsibilities vary depending on the field in which engineering design and drafting technologists work. For example, they may work for companies specializing in:

  • highway design
  • subdivision design
  • mapping
  • environmental consulting 
  • urban and regional planning
  • industrial control and automation
  • process (piping or vessel) design
  • machine design
  • structural design
  • electrical design
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) design.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Engineering design and drafting technologists usually work in office environments. They generally work standard office hours although overtime occasionally may be required to meet deadlines.

Senior technologists also may be involved in field and site work, and project supervision.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Engineering design and drafting technologists need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to pay close attention to detail and be precise and accurate
  • the ability to visualize three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional drawings and visualize the relationships between parts in machinery and systems
  • the ability to communicate design ideas and solutions clearly and concisely orally and in writing
  • an aptitude for mathematics and physics
  • problem solving skills.

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to their work, analyzing data and finding innovative solutions to problems, and working with equipment and instruments at tasks that require precision.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

The minimum educational requirement is a related two 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 Dec 19, 2016

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.

Education

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 below.

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.).

Education

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 Dec 19, 2016

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Engineering design and drafting technologists are employed by:

  • machine design firms
  • engineering consulting firms
  • municipal, provincial and federal government departments
  • construction, manufacturing and assembly companies
  • companies in the petrochemical, food processing, pulp and paper, and energy industries
  • electronic manufacturing companies
  • concrete, steel, timber and precast companies.

Experienced technologists may advance to supervisory and management positions, or establish their own design and drafting companies. There are international employment opportunities with engineering consulting firms operating outside of Canada.

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 in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 9,300 Albertans are employed in the Drafting technologists and technicians occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 140 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As engineering design and drafting technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for engineering design and drafting technologists.  

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

For more information see ASET's annual salary survey.

Drafting technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2253

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $43.00 $25.28 $24.04
Overall $24.00 $52.28 $34.03 $32.00
Top $26.44 $78.18 $45.84 $45.67

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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
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing
Construction

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

46%
46%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

22%
22%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

2015 Vacancy Rate

1%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Physics
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Design Studies
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET website: www.aset.ab.ca

Construction Sector Council website: www.csc-ca.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2014. 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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