Prepares 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.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Design/Pre-Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Produces drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices.
- Drafts plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
- Reviews rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.
- Draws maps, diagrams, and profiles, using cross-sections and surveys, to represent elevations, topographical contours, subsurface formations, and structures.
- Supervises and trains other technologists, technicians, and drafters.
- Determines the order of work and method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.
- Finishes and duplicates drawings and documentation packages according to required mediums and specifications for reproduction, using blueprinting, photography, or other duplicating methods.
- Correlates, interprets, and modifies data obtained from topographical surveys, well logs, and geophysical prospecting reports.
- Supervises or conducts field surveys, inspections, or technical investigations to obtain data required to revise construction drawings.
- Explains drawings to production or construction teams and provides adjustments as necessary.