Civil drafters create drawings of maps used in building highways, bridges, pipelines, and water & sewage systems.
• Use computer drawing programs
• Use drawing and drafting tools
• Draw plans and sketches of the ground
• Draw how a highway will look and where it needs to be built
• Use blueprints and pictures to finish plans
• Make graphs of how much dirt needs to be moved.
• Train other drafters
• Use data to make reports about how much things will cost, or how long it will take to finish a project.
• Decide what materials will be used and how much it will cost to build a project.
Where and When:
• Many work for the state or the city government.
• Some work for companies that build roads, bridges, and pipelines.
• Many work in the office and outside to plan what work needs to be done.
• Many work 40 hours each week, Monday -Friday.
• Some may work more hours and on weekends to finish projects.
What or Who They Work With:
• Scales to weigh things
• Drawing computer programs
• Picture software
• Writing programs Civil Drafters work with:
• Mechanical Drafters
• Survey Technicians
• Civil Engineering Technicians
Education and Training:
• Most have an associates degree (2 years) from college. Few have a bachelor's degree. Many have some college classes after high school.
- Architectural Drafter
- Electronic Drafter
- Surveying Technician
- Civil Engineering Technician
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