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Civil Drafters - 17-3011.02

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Civil Designer
  • Civil Drafter
  • Computer-Aided Design Designer (CAD Designer)
  • Computer-Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator)
  • Computer-Aided Design Technician (CAD Technician)
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Drafter (CADD Drafter)
  • Computer-Aided Drafting Designer (CAD Designer)
  • Drafting Technician
  • Draftsman
  • Draftsperson

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Calculate excavation tonnage and prepare graphs and fill-hauling diagrams for use in earth-moving operations.
  • Calculate weights, volumes, and stress factors and their implications for technical aspects of designs.
  • 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.
  • Determine the order of work and method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.
  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
  • Draw maps, diagrams, and profiles, using cross-sections and surveys, to represent elevations, topographical contours, subsurface formations, and structures.
  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.
  • Finish and duplicate drawings and documentation packages according to required mediums and specifications for reproduction, using blueprinting, photography, or other duplicating methods.
  • Locate and identify symbols on topographical surveys to denote geological and geophysical formations or oil field installations.
  • Plot characteristics of boreholes for oil and gas wells from photographic subsurface survey recordings and other data, representing depth, degree, and direction of inclination.
  • Produce drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices.
  • Review rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.
  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians, and drafters.
  • Supervise or conduct field surveys, inspections, or technical investigations to obtain data required to revise construction drawings.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Create graphical representations of civil structures.
  • Create graphical representations of energy production systems.
  • Create maps.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare procedural documents.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Construction Engineering Supervisor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Assistant (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aid (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Technical Engineer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Drafter, Civil

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Drafter, Civil
  • Drafter, Directional Survey
  • Drafter, Geological
  • Drafter, Geophysical