Your First Industrial Drafting Job: Typical Tasks, Average Salaries & Key Skills

There are several ways to evaluate whether the career path you're considering is truly right for you. One way is to research the training requirements for the diploma, degree, or certificate.

Do the courses sound interesting? Can you see yourself really digging into the curriculum, and committing to the program?

Or, you can talk to people actually working in the field. What do they like most about their jobs? What is most challenging? Is there room for advancement?

Another option is to scour job postings in the field you're considering. What will you be doing all day? What skills are consistently deemed "most important" across all the listings? Does it feel like a good match?

In reality, all three approaches are a good idea—but in this post, we've taken care of the third one for you.

We've looked at dozens of entry-level industrial drafting jobs in the Montreal area, and come up with a list of the most commonly required responsibilities, routine tasks, and core skills.

We've also pulled data on job outlook and average salaries for industrial drafters in Montreal, so read on for the complete picture.


Typical responsibilities for entry-level industrial drafters

These are some of the tasks and responsibilities that appeared most often in the job postings we analyzed. These duties are consistently listed as employment requirements, regardless of the specific nature of the company or role.

You can reasonably assume that as an entry-level industrial drafter, you will be expected to:

  • Produce detailed engineering designs, concepts, schematics, and drawings, based on calculations and initial concepts provided by managers or clients
  • Prepare documentation packages and produce drawing sets
  • Create accurate Bills of Materials
  • Modify/correct existing drawings
  • Provide technical support for other departments (production, inside sales, customer service)
  • Maintain electronic files and updated hard copies


Most-wanted skills for beginner industrial drafters

What technical skills, character traits, and attitudes are employers looking for in entry-level drafting candidates? What abilities will you need to excel in this career?

Based on the job postings we reviewed, these are the combined hard and soft skills you'll need to emphasize on your CV, highlight in interviews, and demonstrate on-the-job:

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and other CAD applications
  • 2D drawing and 3D modelling skills
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Project and Access)
  • Most Montreal-based jobs require English and French, written and spoken, or describe bilingualism as a key "asset"
  • Knowledge of manufacturing and fabrication processes
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for coordinating with managers, clients, internal teams, etc. (being a good "team player" is important for this role)
  • Very strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and within tight deadlines (strongly emphasized across all the job postings we looked at)
  • Quick learner, adaptable, and eager for self-development
  • Takes the initiative, does research and consults with peers to find creative solutions (although you'll work under a managing engineer, you will still be expected to offer input and ideas)


Job market & salaries for industrial drafting grads in Montreal

One of the quickest ways to get a snapshot of the job market in most fields is by consulting the Government of Canada Job Bank's "Career Outlook" section.

Every few years, the Job Bank releases research on hundreds of occupations, looking at hiring trends and job opportunities all across Canada. They rank every province and city according to job prospects in each field, and provide details on starting, average, and high-end salaries.

If you look at the Job Bank data for drafting technologists and technicians, you'll see that Quebec as a whole received a 2/3 star-rating for employment—which means there is "moderate employment growth" and steady demand for industrial drafters.

The rating holds steady across all regions of Quebec, including Montreal. While growth in the field is expected to be "moderate" over the next several years, a large number of people are expected to retire—opening up new positions for drafting program graduates.

For more information on the overall job forecast, take a look at this page from the Job Bank report.


How much will you earn?

The 2019 Wage Report from the Job Bank shows a range of salaries for entry-level and more advanced industrial drafters.

The median salary for the province of Quebec = $24/hour (or about $49,000/year)

Some of the beginner job postings we looked at were offering about $40,000/year, so you can expect to start at about $35,000 - $45,000. Many of the jobs we researched also offered competitive benefits packages.

The most experienced, well-paid industrial drafting technologists in Quebec are making about $74,000/year.

Click here to see the most up-to-date Wage Report.


Still have questions?

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