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Drafting technologists

OaSIS code 22212.01

Drafting technologists prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information, in multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects and industrial designers, or they may work independently.


Also known as

  • Architectural draftsperson
  • Design and drafting technologist
  • Drafting technologist
  • Draftsperson
  • Engineering design and drafting technologist

Main duties

This group 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
  • 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.

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.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Civil engineering design technologist (in 22300.01 Civil engineering technologists)
  • Mechanical engineering design technologist (in 22301.01 Mechanical engineering technologists)
  • Electrical engineering design technologist; Electronics engineering design technologist (in 22310.01 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

222 – Technical occupations related to applied sciences (except engineering)

Minor group

2221 – Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics and meteorology

Unit group

22212 – Drafting technologists and technicians

Occupational profile

22212.01 – Drafting technologists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Developing Technical Instructions
4 - High Level
Interacting with Computers
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

5 - All the time, or almost all the time
1 - Very little time
Bending or Twisting the Body
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
3 - Important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


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  • Consulting companies
  • Other establishments throughout the private and public sectors
  • Utility, resource and manufacturing companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Spatial Visualization
5 - Highest Level
Mathematical Reasoning
4 - High Level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Numerical Ability
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level


Proficiency or complexity level
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Digital Literacy
3 - Moderate Level
Digital Production
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
Stress Tolerance
4 - Highly important