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What You Need to Know About Civil Drafter

Career 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.

Civil Drafter Responsibilities

  • Produce drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices.
  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians, and drafters.
  • Correlate, interpret, and modify data obtained from topographical surveys, well logs, and geophysical prospecting reports.
  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
  • Review rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.
  • Determine quality, cost, strength, and quantity of required materials, and enter figures on materials lists.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Civil Drafter?

These are the skills Civil Drafters say are the most useful in their careers:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Types of Civil Drafter Jobs

  • Civil Drafter
  • Geological Drafter
  • Structural Drafter
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Drafter (CADD Drafter)
  • Civil Designer

Is There Going to be Demand for Civil Drafters?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 99,600 jobs in the United States for Civil Drafter. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,100 new jobs for Civil Drafter by 2026. The BLS estimates 9,500 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Civil Drafter are Utah, Nevada, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, West Virginia, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Civil Drafter Make?

The salary for Civil Drafters ranges between about $35,020 and $80,880 a year.

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Civil Drafters who work in District of Columbia, Illinois, or California, make the highest salaries.

How much do Civil Drafters make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $52,740
Alaska $60,200
Arizona $58,700
Arkansas $45,500
California $63,320
Colorado $59,560
Connecticut $64,390
Delaware $52,830
District of Columbia $68,330
Florida $53,270
Georgia $57,280
Hawaii $54,520
Idaho $48,710
Illinois $64,720
Indiana $54,080
Iowa $55,490
Kansas $50,500
Kentucky $51,330
Louisiana $56,390
Maine $51,380
Maryland $64,560
Massachusetts $59,740
Michigan $51,760
Minnesota $54,300
Mississippi $48,980
Missouri $55,000
Montana $46,020
Nebraska $50,270
Nevada $49,510
New Hampshire $53,540
New Jersey $58,840
New Mexico $51,200
New York $59,770
North Carolina $53,160
North Dakota $57,230
Ohio $53,720
Oklahoma $54,840
Oregon $58,480
Pennsylvania $52,320
Rhode Island $58,190
South Carolina $51,820
South Dakota $43,090
Tennessee $54,360
Texas $56,120
Utah $51,640
Vermont $45,310
Virginia $54,390
Washington $58,170
West Virginia $56,320
Wisconsin $53,450
Wyoming $53,050

What Tools do Civil Drafters Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Civil Drafters may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Bentley Microstation
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • ESRI ArcGIS software

Becoming a Civil Drafter

Education needed to be a Civil Drafter:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Civil Drafters Are Employed

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The table below shows the approximate number of Civil Drafters employed by various industries.

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