What does a Draftsperson - Mechanical (614A) do?

Mechanical Draftspersons prepare engineering designs, drawings, and related technical information. They may work independently, in multidisciplinary engineering teams, or in support of engineers, architects, or industrial designers.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Developing and preparing engineering designs, sketches, and drawings of industrial machines, engines, tools, and mechanical equipment
  • Operating computer-aided design and graphics drafting stations
  • Completing documentation packages and producing drawing sets
  • Writing technical reports
  • Checking design drawings and verifying that they conform to specifications and design data
  • Checking prepared contract and tender documents

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math credits; design/drafting courses an asset
  • Completion of a 7,400-hour on-the-job apprenticeship and 600 hours of in-school training
  • Completion of 3-year drafting technologist or 2-year drafting technician program usually required

What's Your Future as a Draftsperson - Mechanical (614A)?

  • 40-hour work weeks in office setting
  • Spend prolonged periods of time working at a computer
  • Employers include architectural and engineering firms, surveying and mapping companies, governments, and electrical industrial equipment manufacturers
  • Opportunities limited in this field due to greater use of highly effective computer-aided design equipment

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $19.50 per hour, plus benefits.

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