Draftsperson (Technician & Technologist)

Draftsperson (Technician & Technologist

non – apprenticeship


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

In Manitoba, approximately 1250 people are employed as a drafting technologist or technician in the following areas:

  • Consulting companies
  • Construction companies
  • Engineering and architectural firms
  • Electrical equipment, appliances and component manufacturing
  • Provincial and territorial public administration

Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011, 2253 Drafting technologist and technicians, Careercruising.com, Job Outlook


Note: Additional training and/or certification may be required.


In your work environment, you may:

  • Work a 35 - 40 hour week, 5 days a week
  • Work in comfortable office environments or factory settings
  • Sit in front of a computer most days
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) programs
  • Find work is demanding as it demands precision
  • Work alone or part of a team
  • Experience eyestrain, hand and wrist problems, and back discomfort

Source: Careercruising.com


The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones:


According to jobbank.gc.ca, and their Labour Market Information for Manitoba, they list low, medium, and high wages for Power Engineers as the following:
$15.38 / hour (average in MB)
$25.00 / hour (average in MB)
$32.31 / hour (average in MB)
$15.38 / hour (Winnipeg)
$25.00 / hour (Winnipeg)
$32.31 / hour (Winnipeg)


If you are still in high school, here are some suggested subject areas to study that could help prepare you for further training in this field. Please check if these courses are available at your school and/or whether they will meet your graduation requirements. Some examples may include the following:

  • English
  • Mathematics, Calculus, Algebra & Geometry, Probability & Statistics
  • Science, Physics
  • Computers, Drafting & Design, Technology
  • Visual Arts

Source: Careercruising.com

To become a Drafting Technician and Technologist in Manitoba, you must study AutoCAD and drafting related programs. You can study this program at the following post-secondary institutions:

SCHOOL/PROGRAM Certificate/Diploma
Assiniboine Community College (ACC)

AutoCAD 1 (Civil)
Individual Course

  • Part-time
  • 2 months (approx.)
Assiniboine Community College (ACC)

Drafting Fundamentals (Civil)
Individual Course

  • Part-time
  • 2 months (approx.)
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT)

CAD Technician
10 months, Certificate

  • Full-time
Red River College (RRC)

Design Drafting Technician
Advanced Diploma Program

  • This program, in combination with a CAD certificate or diploma, fulfills the minimum diploma requirement and exceeds the minimum CTTAM (Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba) academic requirements for technician cerfication.
Red River College (RRC)

Certificate (7 courses)

*Note: Third years applies to 32-month programs at RRC

The Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists accredit the 32-month Civil Engineering Technology Diploma programs. Accreditation at the Technician level is being sought for the 20-month CAD Technology program.