Civil Drafters

Prepare drawings and topographical and relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, pipelines, flood control projects, and water and sewerage control systems.

Median Annual Wage: $49,970

Education: Associate's degree (57%); Post-secondary certificate (29%); Some college, no degree (5%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Draftsman; Computer-Aided Design Technician (CAD Technician); Civil Drafter; Computer-Aided Design Designer (CAD Designer); Computer-Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator); Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Drafter (CADD Drafter); Drafting Technician; Draftsperson; Civil CAD Designer (Civil Computer Aided Design Designer); Civil CAD Tech (Civil Computer-Aided Design Technician)

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Civil Drafters.

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  • Draw maps, diagrams, and profiles, using cross-sections and surveys, to represent elevations, topographical contours, subsurface formations and structures.
  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
  • Determine the order of work and method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.
  • Finish and duplicate drawings and documentation packages, according to required mediums and specifications for reproduction using blueprinting, photography, or other duplicating methods.
  • Review rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.
  • Determine quality, cost, strength and quantity of required materials, and enter figures on materials lists.
  • Correlate, interpret, and modify data obtained from topographical surveys, well logs, and geophysical prospecting reports.
  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.
  • Calculate excavation tonnage and prepare graphs and fill-hauling diagrams for use in earth-moving operations.
  • Locate and identify symbols located on topographical surveys to denote geological and geophysical formations or oil field installations.
  • Calculate weights, volumes, and stress factors and their implications for technical aspects of designs.
  • Supervise or conduct field surveys, inspections or technical investigations to obtain data required to revise construction drawings.
  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Civil Drafters.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Civil Drafters.

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