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Civil Drafters Career

Career Description

What does a Civil Drafters career entail?

A civil drafter is required to draft or make detailed drawings or maps for a variety of structures for instance- sewage systems, bridges, highways, network of pipelines and flood control projects. Not only is their work limited to ‘above the ground’ structures but also extends to plotting graphs and other detailed drawings of underground formations, topographical elevations and contours.

They duplicate and finish these drawing along with the documentation to interpret them by using sketching, relief and other mapping techniques.  They produce drawings using drafting instruments such as protractors, compasses, triangles and dividers. Other than manual drafting, they also come up with their product using computer aided designs using CAD and drafting machines.

What skills and education are required?

A good civil drafter has an eye for detail and a mind adept at problem solving. Moreover he or she should be a careful listener and be able to communicate effectively with personnels. Some of the specific skills and knowledge requuired to pursue a career in civil drafting includes courses on

·  Mathematics 
·  English language
·  Design techniques
·  Engineering and technology
·  Building and construction

Before opting for a course in civil drafting, individuals need to have finished high school should have studied math, science, design, drafting and computer graphics. Degrees and courses are offered in civil drafting by various colleges and universities. Moreover there are technical schools that focus purely on civil drafting rather than providing general education. Students can opt for diplomas as well as associate programs offered by such technical schools. The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) offers a certification requiring students to pass a written exam which is not mandatory but enhances the marketability of a civil drafter.

Career prospects:

The preferences of the employers vary. Some are inclined to employ civil drafters having the technical school back ground where as others may prefer graduates.  Drafters possessing advanced drafting skills and in depth knowledge of CAD, are often the first-choice of employers.  Earnings also differ in civil drafters’ career line, which is primarily based on the location of their job, specialty and the degree of responsibility. 

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