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Civil Drafters

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

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.
  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
  • Review rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

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
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Intergraph Image Analyst
  • Microsoft Visio Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Hot Technology
  • Bentley Microstation Hot Technology
Map creation software
  • Boundary survey software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
some college
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Drafter, Civil

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$52,870
$34,070
$79,790

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