How to Become A Civil Drafter

What does a Civil Drafter do?

A Civil Drafter uses computer-aided design (AutoCAD, Civil 3D) software to create electronic topographical maps used in construction and civil engineering projects. Civil Drafters create plans for projects such as highways, bridges, structures, flood-control systems, and water and sewage systems.

What skills are needed to be a Civil Drafter?

  • Proficiency in computer-aided design (CAD) software (AutoCAD, Civil 3D)
  • Collaboration with team members including architects and engineers
  • Expertise in time management and ability to meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Specified training from a vocational school, on-the-job training, or an associates degree

What is the pay for a Civil Drafter?

According to O*Net OnLine, the median annual salary for Architectural and Civil Drafters is $60,340. It is important to consider that wage varies based on geographic location, education, experience, and type of organization of which you are employed. 17-3011.00 – Architectural and Civil Drafters

Do I have to work full-time as a Civil Drafter?

Most Civil Drafter positions are full-time and in-office positions, although there are part-time and remote options available.

Who does a Civil Drafter work for?

A Civil Drafter is typically supervised by a civil engineer. There can also be CAD Designers or Drafters in the department. The CAD Technician is typically an entry-level position.

How can a VDCI Technology Certificate help me?

A VDCI Technology Certificate will teach you the technical skills requested by employers using Civil 3D software. Throughout the Technology Certificate Program you will develop complex problem solving skills, time management skills, and specific workflows within industry-leading CAD software.


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