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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.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Graphics or video accelerator cards
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  • Print servers
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  • Notebook computers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Tablet computers
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Map creation software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Project management software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Produce drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles and other drafting devices.
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  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
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  • Draw maps, diagrams, and profiles, using cross-sections and surveys, to represent elevations, topographical contours, subsurface formations and structures.
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  • Correlate, interpret, and modify data obtained from topographical surveys, well logs, and geophysical prospecting reports.
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  • Finish and duplicate drawings and documentation packages according to required mediums and specifications for reproduction, using blueprinting, photography, or other duplicating methods.
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  • Review rough sketches, drawings, specifications, and other engineering data received from civil engineers to ensure that they conform to design concepts.
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  • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.
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  • Supervise or conduct field surveys, inspections, or technical investigations to obtain data required to revise construction drawings.
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  • Determine the order of work and method of presentation, such as orthographic or isometric drawing.
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  • Calculate excavation tonnage and prepare graphs and fill-hauling diagrams for use in earth-moving operations.
  •  Skills
     
  • 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.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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      Education:   Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Related Experience:   Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $64,350.00 $30.94  $22.58  $24.83 - $36.28 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $62,492.00 $30.05  $21.25  $23.56 - $35.23 
    Danbury $59,435.00 $28.58  $22.07  $25.18 - $31.69 
    Hartford $68,209.00 $32.79  $22.96  $24.98 - $37.94 
    New Haven $62,096.00 $29.85  $24.74  $26.13 - $33.75 
    New London/Norwich $67,630.00 $32.52  $25.75  $27.37 - $38.78 
    Waterbury $63,172.00 $30.37  $24.52  $26.83 - $32.31 
    Torrington $50,306.00 $24.19  $12.29  $12.12 - $34.54 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   81
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, but the number of annual openings will offer somewhat limited job opportunities.
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