Ontario Construction Careers Alliance


NOC 2253


Drafters prepare detailed technical drawings to support the construction of various infrastructures. Construction workers follow these drawings to build everything from sewers to office buildings. These drawings show exact dimensions, materials to be used, and procedures to be followed.

$33,500 to $67,000
  • Gather information from engineers, surveyors, architects, codes, etc. to assist in the design
  • Use drafting tools and computer drafting (CAD) programs to prepare the drawings 
  • Specify which materials are needed outlining specific instructions, based on design 
  • Estimate sizes, quantities, time, cost, or materials needed
Working Conditions
  • Communicate with others on a daily basis by telephone, e-mail, and in person 
  • Usually work as part of a team of drafters and architects with tight deadlines
  • Almost always work indoors. May occasionally work outdoors to make measurements for buildings or utility systems
Essential Skills
  • Read and understand work related materials, specifications and manufacturers drawings
  • Follow or develop guidelines to arrange objects or actions in order 
  • Identify problems then develop, review, and apply solutions 
  • Use math skills to solve problems   
  • Imagine how something will look if it is moved around or its parts are rearranged
  • Completion of a two-to-three year college program in engineering design and drafting technology or in a related field is usually required 
  • Trade certification of draftspersons is available, but voluntary in Ontario through the Ontario 
  • Civil Engineering Technologist and Technician Association
  • 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 the employer
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification