Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Civil Drafters include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
47.62% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
19.05% said they needed a Some College Courses.
Draw maps, diagrams, and profiles, using cross-sections and surveys, to represent elevations, topographical contours, subsurface formations, and structures.
Review rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.
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.
Plot characteristics of boreholes for oil and gas wells from photographic subsurface survey recordings and other data, representing depth, degree, and direction of inclination.
Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.
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.
Calculate weights, volumes, and stress factors and their implications for technical aspects of designs.
Calculate excavation tonnage and prepare graphs and fill-hauling diagrams for use in earth-moving operations.
Supervise and train other technologists, technicians, and drafters.
Correlate, interpret, and modify data obtained from topographical surveys, well logs, and geophysical prospecting reports.
Determine quality, cost, strength, and quantity of required materials, and enter figures on materials lists.
Locate and identify symbols on topographical surveys to denote geological and geophysical formations or oil field installations.
Supervise or conduct field surveys, inspections, or technical investigations to obtain data required to revise construction drawings.
Wide-format document scanners
Three-dimensional laser digitizers
Print serversAll Tools
Computer aided design CAD multi-unit display graphics cards
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Autodesk Land Desktop
ENERCALC FastFrameAll Technologies
Piping and instrumentation design PID software
Three-dimensional modeling software
Adobe Systems Adobe LiveMotion
Bentley GeoPak Bridge
Bentley Systems InRoads Suite
Bill of materials software
Boundary survey software
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
Graphic presentation software
Intergraph Image Analyst
Landscape modeling software
McNeel Rhino software
Motion graphics software
Non uniform rational b-splines NURBS software
Topographic map software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension