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Drafting technologists and technicians

Other titles : CAD (computer-aided design) specialist - drafting, drafting clerk, draftsman/woman, illustrator, technical - drafting

Details

Description :

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. They are employed by consulting and construction companies, utility, resource and manufacturing companies, all levels of government and by a wide range of other establishments.

Main duties :

Drafting technologists:

  • develop and prepare engineering designs and drawings from preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets and other data;
  • operate computer-assisted design (CAD) and drafting workstations;
  • develop and prepare design sketches;
  • check and verify design drawings to conform to specifications and design data;
  • write technical reports;
  • prepare construction specifications, costs and material estimates.

Drafting technicians:

  • develop and prepare engineering drawings, plans, diagrams or layouts from sketches;
  • operate computer-assisted drafting equipment or a conventional drafting station.

Regions where this career
has the best propspects:

  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Lanaudière
  • Estrie
  • Outaouais
  • Centre-du-Québec
  • Montérégie
  • Laurentides
  • Mauricie
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Côte-Nord
  • Laval

Training

Programs

  • Residential and Commercial Drafting (DVS)
  • Industrial Drafting (DVS)
  • Techniques de génie aérospatial (DCS)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (DCS)
  • Building Systems Technology (DCS)
  • Architectural Technology (DCS)
  • Technologie de l'architecture navale (DCS)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (DCS)

 

Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

 

Residential and Commercial Drafting

Program length : 2 years

Program Objectives

To develop in the students the competencies required to integrate harmoniously into the school and work environments, to use computer software and hardware related to computer assisted drafting, to produce sketches and use a drafting table, to produce architectural drawings, to produce structural drawings, to produce mechanical construction drawings and electrical plans, to carry out various tasks on construction sites and to estimate quantities.

Educational organizations offering the program

 

 

Industrial Drafting

Program length : 2 years

Program Objectives

To develop the skills necessary to determine the information to include on drawings, such as: solve problems related to industrial drafting, taking and interpreting measurements; develop the skills necessary to understand manufacturing, such as: interpreting technical information related to materials and manufacturing processes, illustrating the arrangement of components and power train systems; develop the skills necessary to interpret, carry out, and correct drawings and to produce sketches, to use specialized functions of a computer-aided drafting program, to produce detail drawings of mechanical components, assembly, mechanisms, piping and circuit diagrams, making three-dimensinal drawings and designing a simple technical object; develop the necessary skills for multi-disciplinary team work and to integrate into school and work life.

Educational organizations offering the program

 

 

Diploma of College Studies (DCS)

 

Techniques de génie aérospatial

(Training program is available in French only)

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives

Le programme vise à former des personnes aptes à répondre aux besoins de conception technique, de planification et de contrôle de la qualité des entreprises de production en aéronautique qui construisent des aéronefs et des moteurs d'aéronefs ainsi que des sous-traitants qui se spécialisent dans la production de composants d'aéronefs et d'outillage de fabrication et d'assemblage.

Educational organization offering the program

 

 

Mechanical Engineering Technology

(Training program available in French only)

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives

The purpose of this program is to train technicians to carry out the technical design of different components and mechanical systems, to plan manufacturing and to take care of quality control. Mandatory competencies (23) from the specific training category aim to ensure the versatility of graduates and to enable them to work equally in the fields of design and manufacturing. The category entitled elective competencies (7 competencies) aims at the development of competencies in the particular fields such as: development of manufacturing range, programming of machines with numerical control, design and the manufacturing of tools, industrial lines and mechanical systems with their frame, the manufacturing of prototypes, quality control, the planning of the maintenance of machinery, the organization and the coodination of production, technological survey and research and development. This program will contribute to the development and training of students in the following capacities: to include/understand and apply all directives in relation to their work (to establish interpersonal relationships, to work as a team and to adapt to changes), to plan and organize their work with an emphasis on productivity (accuracy, precision, quality, time limits), good judgement, communicate orally and written in French, to bring in new ideas and solutions, defend a project or an idea, use production equipment, to have continuous improvement and to learn individually.

Educational organizations offering the program

 

 

Building Systems Technology

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives

The Building Systems Technology program trains technicians to ensure the proper functioning of building systems and to manage the related energy costs. Building systems technicians work on plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and fire protection systems, some of which are equipped with electrical controls and automatic control circuits.

Educational organizations offering the program

 

 

Architectural Technology

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives

Architectural Technologists contribute to the development and completion of an architectural project or assist throughout its construction, as defined by the Architects Act, the Engineers Act, the Public Buildings Safety Act and the Professional Code. They may therefore produce drawings and promotional material, design construction details, write specifications, estimate construction costs, coordinate construction work, inspect the condition of an existing building, verify building compliance with laws, standards and the construction code, and contribute to maintaining the quality of an architectural heritage. The scope and the volume of tasks vary according to the type of business, and the type of work, and whether the individual occupies a salaried position or is self-employed.

Educational organization offering the program

 

 

Technologie de l'architecture navale

(Training program available in French only)

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives

Le programme Technologie de l'architecture vise à former des technologues capables d'exercer leur profession dans des bureaux d'architectes ou de technologues, des firmes d'ingénieurs, des entreprises de construction et des organismes gouvernementaux.

Ces personnes contribuent à la réalisation d'un projet d'architecture ou le réalisent et ce, dans les limites de la Loi sur les architectes, de la Loi sur les ingénieurs, de la Loi concernant la sécurité dans les édifices publics et du Code des professions. Ainsi, elles et ils peuvent produire des dessins et du matériel de promotion, concevoir des détails de construction, rédiger le cahier des charges, estimer le coût des travaux, coordonner des travaux de construction, constater l'état d'un bâtiment, vérifier la conformité d'un bâtiment aux lois, aux normes et au Code de construction et contribuer à la qualité du patrimoine architectural.

Dans l'exercice de leur fonction, elles et ils doivent effectuer des recherches d'information, s'assurer de la concordance des documents de projets, communiquer régulièrement avec leurs partenaires et prendre des décisions.

Educational organizations offering the program

 

 

Civil Engineering Technology

Program length : 3 years

Program Objectives

Graduates of this program will be able to work in the structural engineering, geotechnical engineering and environmental sectors. Their employers and clients will include engineering consulting firms, testing laboratories, government departments, municipalities and regional county municipalities, manufacturers of building materials or products and building contractors.

Educational organization offering the program

 

 

Other training

Occupation targeted under the Workplace Apprenticeship Program.

This program was created by Commission des partenaires du marché du travail and Emploi-Québec in partnership with sector-based labor force committees.

It supports workplace apprenticeship and skill recognition programs.

Training and skill evaluation are under the supervision of an experienced worker. Once the apprenticeship is finished and skills are mastered by the apprentice, a certificate of qualification is issued and recorded in a government registry.

For more information on the Workplace Apprenticeship Program, see the Emploi-Québec website