Technical Occupations in Architecture Drafting Surveying and Mapping At Work

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					225 Technical Occupations in Architecture,
    Drafting, Surveying and Mapping

                                       At Work
     Creativity, patience,             Architectural technologists and technicians provide technical assistance
                                       to architects and civil design engineers by conducting research and preparing
     strong organizational
                                       drawings, architectural models, specifications and contracts and supervising
     and problem solving               construction projects.
     skills, coupled                   People in these occupations may:
     with an eye for                   • Analyze building codes, by-laws, space requirements, site requirements and
     detail and concern                   other technical documents and reports;
                                       • Prepare manual and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) drawings,
     about accuracy are                   specifications, cost estimates and listings of quantities of material from
     important.                           conceptual drawings and instructions;
                                       • Construct architectural, display models and 3-D models of architectural
                                          designs;
                                       • Prepare contract and bidding documents;
                                       • Supervise drafters, technicians and technologists on the architectural team;
                                          and
                                       • Supervise construction projects and coordinate, monitor and inspect work
                                          done by others.

                                       Drafting technologists and technicians prepare engineering designs,
                                       drawings and related technical information as part of an engineering team, or in
                                       support of engineers, architects or industrial designers using computer-aided
                                       design and drafting (CAD) and other drafting equipment.

                                       People in these occupations may:
                                       • Complete documentation packages and produce drawing sets;
                                       • Verify design drawings conform to specifications and design data;
                                       • Prepare contracts and request for proposals, write technical reports;
     Typical Occupations               • Prepare construction specifications, costs and material estimates; and
     Architectural Technologists and   • Supervise and train other technologists, technicians and drafters.
     Technicians
                                       Land survey technologists and technicians conduct or participate in field
     Furniture Designer                surveys to determine exact locations and positions of natural features and other
     Drafting Technologists and        structures on the earth’s surface, underground or underwater.
     Technicians                       People in these occupations may:
     Drafting Technician Apprentice    • Assist engineers or surveyors to develop methods and procedures for
                                         conducting field surveys;
     Legal Survey Technologists
                                       • Operate computer equipment that measures distance, angles, elevations
     and Technicians
                                         and contours during field surveys;
     Mapping and Related               • Use global positioning system (GPS) equipment to determine precise
     Technologists and Technicians       geographic locations;
     Aerial Photograph Technician      • Analyze latitude, longitude and angles and complete calculations to plot
                                         features, contours and areas to a specific scale;
     Geographic Information
                                       • Prepare detailed drawings, charts and plans, survey notes and reports; and
     System (GIS) Technician
                                       • Supervise and coordinate field survey activities.
     Remote Sensing Technician
     Map Stereo Plotter




Mapping and related technologists and technicians gather, analyze,
interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources,
geology, environment and land use planning. They prepare maps, interpret
                                                                                      An aptitude for math,
aerial photographs and operate airborne remote and in-house sensing/                  computers and
interpretive equipment and the geographic information system (GIS).                   electronic equipment is
People in these occupations may:                                                      an asset.
• Plan map content, format and design and compile required data from aerial
  photographs, survey notes, records, reports and other maps;
• Use digital mapping techniques, computer interactive graphics, computer
  assisted design and drafting (CAD) software, traditional drafting methods
  and computer and traditional scribing tools to generate maps, graphs and
  charts;
• Prepare topographic maps, aerial-photograph mosaics and related charts to
  examine and interpret aerial photographs; and
• Provide 3-D optical models of terrains to trace maps and prepare charts and
  tables.

Requirements
• High school diploma.
• Two or three-year college program in architectural technology, geomatics,
  survey technology, cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote
  sensing, geographic information or engineering design and drafting.
• Some occupations may also require an undergraduate degree or other
  specialized training.
• Professional certification may be required, following a period of work
  experience.

Your Skills and Aptitudes
An aptitude for math, computers and electronic equipment is an asset.
Creativity, patience, strong organizational and problem solving skills, coupled
with an eye for detail and concern about accuracy are important. The ability
to work well with others, strong communications skills and the ability to work
under pressure are assets as well. Hours of work tend to be regular office
hours, but certain projects may come with deadline and other pressures.

How To Get There
Employees may be required to camp in remote areas for extended periods,
especially in the summer months.

Where The Jobs Are                                                                    Resources
Detailed statistical information on these occupations in the NWT is not available.    Aurora College
                                                                                      Northern Alberta Institute of
                                                                                      Technology (NAIT)
                                                                                      Southern Alberta Institute of
                                                                                      Technology (SAIT)



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