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Civil Drafters

Also called: Civil Drafter, Computer-Aided Design Designer (CAD Designer), Computer-Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator), Computer-Aided Design Technician (CAD Technician)

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Produce drawings using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles and other drafting devices.
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • geography
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Intergraph Image Analyst
  • Landscape modeling software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley Microstation
Map creation software
  • Boundary survey software
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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