CAD Technician

As a CAD technician, you prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information to support engineers, architects and industrial designers.

NOC Code: 2253

Job Duties

CAD stands for computer-aided design.  As a CAD technician, you prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information to support engineers, architects and industrial designers. You may work for architectural, engineering and construction companies; electric power companies; machinery and equipment manufacturers; telecommunication companies; all levels of government; or for many other types of companies. You may also be self-employed and provide your services on a contract basis.

Generally, CAD technicians:

  • Develop and prepare engineering drawings and designs from plans, diagrams, or sketches.
  • Operate CAD and drafting stations.
  • Create documentation packages and drawing sets.
  • Check drawings for errors.

Source: HRSDC

Job Requirements


This job requires: College or University

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
Architectural Technologist and TechnicianCollege or University
CAD TechnicianCollege or University
Construction ManagerCollege or University
Construction EstimatorCollege or University
Graphic Arts TechnicianCollege or University


This job requires 0 - 2 years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
Architectural Technologist and Technician2 - 5
CAD Technician0 - 2
Construction Manager5+
Construction Estimator0 - 2
Graphic Arts Technician0 - 2

Source: HRSDC

Essential Skills

As a CAD technician, you need to:

  • Speak, read and write English.
  • Have strong design and drawing skills.
  • Understand and follow technical drafting standards and conventions.
  • Have comprehensive CAD skills   (for example, AutoCad, Revit).
  • Have strong mathematical skills.
  • Have good attention to accuracy and detail.
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet and email software.

Source: Ontario Skills Passport

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with co-workers and clients.

Labour Market Information


Many new engineers and architects are now doing CAD tasks that used to be done by CAD technicians. This means that there may be fewer jobs for CAD technicians in the future. The demand is also sensitive to how the economy is doing. In addition, there is a possibility of some jobs being outsourced overseas.


The work prospects for this job are: FAIR

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
Architectural Technologist and TechnicianFair
CAD TechnicianFair
Construction ManagerFair
Construction EstimatorGood
Graphic Arts TechnicianFair


The average hourly wage for this job is: C$25/hour.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
Architectural Technologist and Technician$24.55
CAD Technician$25.00
Construction Manager$33.65
Construction Estimator$29.33
Graphic Arts Technician$18.00

Source: HRSDC


Educational Programs

These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.

Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

Language Training

Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).

Work Experience Programs

Some bridging programs in this field include cooperative (co-op) work experience.

Voluntary Membership Opportunities

Helpful Links

Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists Ontario Building Code Information

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