Steel detailers may be employed by steel fabrication, engineering or drafting companies, or they may be self-employed.
The employment outlook for steel detailers is good for the foreseeable future. Structural steel work is largely dependent on new commercial and industrial construction. It is expected that the large projects planned for Alberta for the next decade will sustain a demand for steel detailers.
Steel detailers do not have to be physically located at a project site so they may participate in projects anywhere in the world. This means that employment opportunities are less dependent on local construction activity but may be affected by global salary expectations and availability of skills.
Experienced steel detailers can move into estimating, quality control or management positions. Or, they may operate their own steel detail drafting and design business. Certified Alberta detailers who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Steel detailers 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 steel detailers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for steel detailers.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.