In Summary - Cartographic Draughtsperson
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The Work - Cartographic Draughtsperson
A cartographic draughtsperson uses material selected by a cartographer to produce maps and charts. Some work, especially in small organisations, may need the draughtsperson to use traditional methods of working on coated plastic drafting foils and films used to produce printers' plates. However, digital mapping, which involves the use of computers to construct maps, is quite common.
A draughtsperson may add details such as new housing estates to existing maps. They select the size of letters and symbols according to the importance of features. They must also fit data into required mapping formats prepare edit and revise plans.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.
- Determine scales, line sizes, or colors to be used for hard copies of computerized maps, using plotters.
- Monitor mapping work or the updating of maps to ensure accuracy, the inclusion of new or changed information, or compliance with rules and regulations.
- Identify and compile database information to create maps in response to requests.
- Produce or update overlay maps to show information boundaries, water locations, or topographic features on various base maps or at different scales.
- Trace contours or topographic details to generate maps that denote specific land or property locations or geographic attributes.
- Lay out and match aerial photographs in sequences in which they were taken and identify any areas missing from photographs.
- Compare topographical features or contour lines with images from aerial photographs, old maps, or other reference materials to verify the accuracy of their identification.
- Compute and measure scaled distances between reference points to establish relative positions of adjoining prints and enable the creation of photographic mosaics.
- Research resources such as survey maps or legal descriptions to verify property lines or to obtain information needed for mapping.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
Interests - Cartographic Draughtsperson
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The work requires patience, concentration and attention to detail. You will need to be neat and have a steady hand to be able to produce maps by hand. You will need an eye for design to make sure that maps are attractive as well as accurate, an interest in drawing or design and an aptitude for working with computers. You also need good vision, including normal colour vision.
Entry Requirements - Cartographic Draughtsperson
Pay & Salary - Cartographic Draughtsperson
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 25k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.