Military Jobs and Careers - Surveying, Mapping and Drafting Technicians
Each year the military builds barracks, airstrips, roads, docks and other projects. They also repair some of their installations which had already served the military for a period of decades that were already dilapidated. The Surveying, mapping, and drafting technicians are responsible for this job. They make detailed plans and execute the building and repair of these military installations.
The usual duties and responsibilities of Surveying, mapping, and drafting technicians in the military include:
• Draft plans and charts that serve as their guides in the proper implementation using computers and sophisticated drafting tools
• Design plans for road projects, buildings, and other military installations
• Design detailed diagrams for wiring and plumbing works
• Make perspectives and scale models for projects to be implemented
• Prepare aerial photographs of projects to see the future results of the ongoing projects
• Use the sophisticated global positioning method to locate project locations via satellite
The field of study which is helpful in this job in the military includes geometry, algebra, trigonometry and other mathematical formulas and related topics. Other helpful attributes also include:
• Excellent skills in converting good and sound ideas into detailed plans
• Enthusiasm in reading charts and maps which is very helpful in the job
• Enthusiasm in working with the most sophisticated computers to create drafting requirements for the project
Classroom instructions as well as actual experience in the job are vital components to enhance knowledge. Other helpful training subjects also include:
• The basics of drafting and surveying which can help increase knowledge and expertise
• Interpretation of aerial photos
• Basics in architectural drafting and drawing which is greatly used in designing the projects
The Surveying, mapping, and drafting technicians work in offices in military installations but they also work on sites when the need arises. When they conduct surveys on actual project sites they work in all weather conditions.
Civilian counterparts of this kind of job in the military works in surveying offices, water services, plumbing services, architectural firms, engineering firms and many other corporate and government offices.