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What do Draftspersons do?

Draftspersons prepare accurate working or detailed drawings for construction, engineering, manufacturing, mapping, machinery installations and other purposes.

They work from notes, sketches, calculations, specification sheets and other data and usually operate computer-aided drafting and design systems (CAD/CAM).

Drafting Technologists and Technicians prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information working independently, in multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects or industrial designers.

How to become: Draftspersons

In general, you need a high school diploma.

To be a drafting and design technologist, you usually need to finish a two- to three-year college or technical school program in engineering design/drafting technology or in a related field.

To be a drafting technician, you usually need a one- to two-year college program in drafting or have a combination of four to five years' related work experience, plus completion of college or industry courses in drafting.

You may need certification in electrical or electronics engineering by a provincial/territorial association, which is obtained after two years' supervised work experience.

With additional education or experience, you may specialize in civil, mechanical, electrical or other engineering design technologies.

Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate or community college diploma, and almost 1 in 5 has an undergraduate university degree.

Where to study for a career as: Draftspersons

Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Automotive Engineering Bachelor; Honours
Energy Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Technology Foundations (ICET) Certificate; Online
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Mechatronics Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Nanotechnology Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Memorial University – St. John’s Campus
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA

Related Program(s):
Process Engineering Bachelor; Co-op
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Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Power Systems Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Modified on January 26, 2022

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