Entry Senior

Drafting Technologist

About This Career

Drafting Technologists prepare engineering designs and drawings in multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects or industrial designers. This expertise addresses operational, conceptual, design and construction drawing needs, and includes the management of drawings and drawing control across areas of the organization.

Education: A post-secondary diploma in engineering design and drafting technology is typically required. Programs related to AutoCAD operation, engineering design and drafting or GIS and CADD integration are preferred.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production, oil sands, and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) and Drafting Technologist, Design and Drafting Technologist, Engineering Design and Drafting Technologist, Mechanical Draftsperson, Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator, CAD Specialist, Document Controller, Piping Designer, Civil Engineering Technologist, Process Designer/Technologist

Work Activities
Documenting/Recording Information
Maintaining the completeness and integrity of inter-pipeline drawings and asset information.
Investigating and resolving missing or misplaced drawings.
Interacting With Computers
Operating computer-assisted design (CAD) and drafting workstations.
Thinking Creatively
Creating documentation for drilling tool operation and assembly.
Developing and preparing design sketches.
Attention to Detail
Engineering and Technology
Active Listening
Computer use
Document Use
Career Path
  • Drafting technologists may, with experience, advance to supervisory and management positions or go on to establish their own design and drafting companies.
  • Examples of progressive or lateral occupations within the Oil and Gas industry:
  • Designer, Senior Designer, Senior Design Team Lead
  • Civil Design, Construction Management and Project Management
Related Careers
How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • Off-site fabrication
  • LNG export facility construction
  • LNG export facility operations
  • Natural gas pipeline construction

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing
  • Machinery manufacturing
  • Specialty trades contractors
  • Truck transportation
  • Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
  • Warehousing and storage
  • Rail transportation
  • Public administration, including regulatory
  • Forestry and logging
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Drafting Technologists have highly transferable skills, including to:
Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists


Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma


  • Trade certification for draftspersons is available.
  • Certification in engineering design and drafting technology or in a related field through provincial associations of engineering/applied science technologists may be required by employers.
  • Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements.
  • A period of supervised work, usually two years, is required before certification.