What Does a Plastic Mould Design-Draftsperson Do?
Plastic Mould Design - Draftspersons (614B) prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information while working independently, in multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects or industrial designers.
Job Related Skills, Values and Interests
  •  Develops and prepares engineering designs and drawings
  • Operates computer-aided design and graphics drafting stations
  • Develops and prepares design sketches
  • Completes documentation packages and produces drawing sets
  • Checks and verifies design drawings
  • Writes technical reports
  • Checks prepared contracts and tender documents
  • Design and produces simple to complex templates and patterns
  • Designs mechanical equipment for mould manufacturing
  • Design plastic moulds and tooling for mould-making and modifications
  • Designs components parts and attachments
Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
To become a Plastic Mould Design - Draftsperson you must complete your secondary school diploma, particularly with credits in mathematics, and preferably design and drafting courses, before entry into an apprenticeship of 7,400 hours of on-the-job experience and 600 hours in-school training. Completion of a three-year or equivalent program for drafting technologists, or a two-year or an equivalent program for drafting technicians is usually required. In Ontario, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) certify drafting technologists and technicians. The certification process includes a period of supervised work experience, usually up to two years, and a professional practice examination. Certificate of qualification for draftspersons is also available through Ontario's Apprenticeship Program is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.
What’s Your Future as a Plastic Mould Design - Draftsperson?
Draftspersons generally work in an office setting, usually working 40-hour weeks. Due to the nature of the job, they spend prolonged periods of time working at a computer. Employers who hire draftspersons include:
  • Architectural and Engineering firms
  • Surveying and Mapping companies
  • Governments
  • Electrical industrial equipment manufacturers
Job prospects for Plastic Mould Design - Draftspersons are currently limited. Employment for this occupation is expected to decline through 2007 because of the greater use of highly effective computer-aided design equipment by architects and engineers, as well as drafters. Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who retire.
Wage Rate
Apprentices usually start at a wage rate less than that of a journeyperson, but this rate increases gradually as you gain competency and skill. In 1995, the average annual employment income for a fully-qualified and certified draftsperson was approximately $40,000. Hourly wages can range from $13 to $20.
Do you enjoy doing your work at a computer?
Yes      No
Do you have a good eye for detail, and the ability to spot flaws?
Yes      No
Would you be comfortable working indoors in an office setting?
Yes      No
Do you have experience with computer-assisted design (CAD) software programs?
Yes      No
Do you have a mathematical background for calculating measurements and design specifications?
Yes      No
Can you work independently or in a group to get a job done on deadline?
Yes      No

If you answered yes to most of these questions, a career as a Draftsperson - Plastic Mould Designmay be for you!
You may want to explore other jobs that require similar interests and skills, such as:
  • Mechanical Draftsperson
  • Draftsperson - Tooling & Die Design
  • Tooling and Die Design - Draftsperson

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