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NOC 2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians

To apply under NOC-2253 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Drafting technologists and technicians .

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Drafting technologists and technicians 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
  • 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.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Drafting technologists and technicians . 

NOC 2253 – Drafting technologists and technicians : example titles.

  • aeronautical draftsperson
  • air conditioning systems draftsperson
  • architectural draftsperson
  • CAD (computer-aided design) specialist – drafting
  • CAD (computer-aided design) technologist
  • CAD (computer-assisted drafting)
  • CAD (computer-assisted drafting) draftsperson – printed circuit boards
  • CAD (computer-assisted drafting) technician
  • CAD operator
  • checker, drafting
  • chief draftsperson
  • civil draftsperson
  • commercial draftsperson
  • computer-aided design (CAD) specialist – drafting
  • computer-aided design (CAD) technologist
  • computer-aided drafting (CAD) technician
  • computer-assisted design and drafting technologist
  • computer-assisted drafting (CAD) technician
  • computer-assisted electromechanical design draftsperson
  • design and drafting technologist
  • design checker, drafting
  • design draftsperson
  • design technician, drafting
  • design technologist – drafting
  • detail draftsperson
  • detailer
  • detailer – structural steel drafter
  • drafterdraftsman, draftswoman
  • drafting checker
  • drafting clerk
  • drafting supervisor
  • drafting technician
  • drafting technician, design
  • drafting technologist
  • drafting tracer
  • draftsman/woman
  • draftsperson
  • draftsperson – computer-assisted design
  • draftsperson hull – shipbuilding and repair
  • draftsperson, air conditioning systems
  • draftsperson, architectural
  • draftsperson, civil
  • draftsperson, electrical
  • draftsperson, process piping
  • draftspersons supervisor
  • electrical drafting supervisor
  • electrical draftsperson
  • electromechanical draftsperson
  • electronic draftsperson
  • engineering design and drafting technologist
  • engineering draftsperson
  • general draftsperson
  • geological draftsperson
  • geophysical draftsperson
  • group leader, drafting
  • heating and ventilation systems draftsperson
  • heating systems draftsperson
  • hull draftsperson – shipbuilding and repair
  • hydraulic machinery draftsperson
  • illustrator, technical – drafting
  • marine drafting supervisor
  • marine draftsperson, electrical
  • 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/womansteel frame draftsman, steel frame draftswoman
  • steel frame draftsperson
  • structural draftsperson
  • structural steel detailer
  • structural steel drafter-detailer
  • structural steel draftsperson
  • supervisor, drafting
  • supervisor, drafting office
  • survey draftsperson
  • technical illustrator – drafting
  • technologist, CAD (computer-aided design)
  • technologist, computer-aided design (CAD)
  • tool checker – drafting
  • tool design draftsperson
  • tracer, drafting

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 technologists (in 2251 Architectural technologists and technicians)
  • Civil engineering design technologists (in 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians)
  • Electrical and electronics engineering design technologists (in 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians)
  • Industrial designers (2252)
  • Mechanical engineering design technologists (in 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians)

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