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Mapping Technicians - 17-3031.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Aerotriangulation Specialist
  • CAD Technician (Computer Aided Design Technician)
  • Geospatial Analyst
  • Mapping Editor
  • Mapping Technician
  • Photogrammetric Compilation Specialist
  • Photogrammetric Stereo Compiler
  • Photogrammetric Technician
  • Stereoplotter Operator
  • Tax Map Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Analyze aerial photographs to detect and interpret significant military, industrial, resource, or topographical data.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public or to staff members regarding assessment maps, surveys, boundaries, easements, property ownership, roads, zoning, or similar matters.
  • Calculate latitudes, longitudes, angles, areas, or other information for mapmaking, using survey field notes or reference tables.
  • Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.
  • Compare topographical features or contour lines with images from aerial photographs, old maps, or other reference materials to verify the accuracy of their identification.
  • Complete detailed source and method notes describing the location of routine or complex land parcels.
  • Compute and measure scaled distances between reference points to establish relative positions of adjoining prints and enable the creation of photographic mosaics.
  • Create survey description pages or historical records related to mapping activities or specifications of section plats.
  • Design or develop information databases that include geographic or topographic data.
  • Determine scales, line sizes, or colors to be used for hard copies of computerized maps, using plotters.
  • Enter Global Positioning System (GPS) data, legal deeds, field notes, or land survey reports into geographic information system (GIS) workstations so that information can be transformed into graphic land descriptions, such as maps or drawings.
  • Form three-dimensional images of aerial photographs taken from different locations, using mathematical techniques and plotting instruments.
  • Identify and compile database information to create requested maps.
  • Identify, research, and resolve anomalies in legal land descriptions, referring issues to title or survey experts, as appropriate.
  • Lay out and match aerial photographs in sequences in which they were taken and identify any areas missing from photographs.
  • Monitor mapping work or the updating of maps to ensure accuracy, inclusion of new or changed information, or compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Produce or update overlay maps to show information boundaries, water locations, or topographic features on various base maps or at different scales.
  • Produce presentations of surface or mineral ownership layers by interpreting legal survey plans.
  • Redraw or correct maps, such as revising parcel maps, to reflect tax code area changes, using information from official records or surveys.
  • Research and combine existing property information to describe property boundaries in relation to adjacent properties, taking into account parcel splits, combinations, or land boundary adjustments.
  • Research resources such as survey maps or legal descriptions to verify property lines or to obtain information needed for mapping.
  • Supervise or coordinate activities of workers engaged in plotting data, drafting maps, or producing blueprints, photostats, or photographs.
  • Trace contours or topographic details to generate maps that denote specific land or property locations or geographic attributes.
  • Train staff members in duties such as tax mapping, the use of computerized mapping equipment, or the interpretation of source documents.
  • Trim, align, and join prints to form photographic mosaics, maintaining scaled distances between reference points.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Calculate geographic positions from survey data.
  • Create graphical representations of structures or landscapes.
  • Create maps.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
  • Explain project details to the general public.
  • Gather physical survey data.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Tactician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Arabic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Chinese (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Hebrew (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Korean (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Low-Flow (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Pashto (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Persian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Russian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Spanish (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Arabic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Chinese (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Hebrew (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Korean (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Low-Flow (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Pashto (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Persian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Russian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Spanish (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Arabic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Chinese (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Hebrew (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Korean (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Low-Flow (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Pashto (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Persian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Russian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Spanish (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Arabic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Chinese (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Hebrew (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Korean (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Low-Flow (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Pashto (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Persian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Russian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Spanish (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Assistant (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Senior Sergeant (Army - 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)
  • Field Artillery Fire Controlman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Operations Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fire Control Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Fire Support Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geographic Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Geospatial Intelligence (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Apprentice, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Craftsman, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Helper, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Journeyman, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Imagery Analysis Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Joint Fire Support Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Target Mensuration Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Craftsman, Targeteer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Journeyman, Targeteer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Technical Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Terrain Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Topographic Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Topographic Engineering Supervisor (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Geodetic Computator
  • Photogrammetric Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Aerial-Photograph Interpreter
  • Editor, Map
  • Geodetic Computator
  • Mosaicist
  • Photogrammetric Technician
  • Stereo-Plotter Operator
  • Supervisor, Mapping