Drafting and Survey Technician
Drafting and Survey Technicians (DS Tech) provide both deployed and domestic drafting and survey support to the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments anywhere in the world.
Drafting and Survey Technicians belong to the Military Engineering Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their primary responsibilities are:
- Collect geodetic survey data using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and other survey equipment
- Use data to produce digital and hard copy civil and site drawings, and designs of specific areas
- Use computer aided design (CAD) software to produce digital and hard copy designs
- Provide survey and drawing support to military specialist engineering teams
Drafting and Survey Technicians may be members of either the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force. They may be called upon to support all CAF exercises and operations, including those lead by the Royal Canadian Navy. The primary work environment is in an office, however fieldwork is a large component of the job and is conducted in approved weather conditions, 24/7, on bases, wings or in operational theatres. Drafting and Survey Technicians use high-tech computer workstations and software designed for drafting and survey applications. Drafting and Survey Technicians are employed in Kingston, ON; Gagetown, NB; Cold Lake, AB; and Greenwood, NS. As you progress in your career, you may also have the opportunity to be posted to Brussels, Belgium.
Pay and Career Development
The starting salary for a fully trained Drafting and Survey Technician is $60,000 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Drafting and Survey Technicians who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
Related Civilian Occupations
- Land Survey Technologists and Technicians
- Land Surveyor
- Architectural Drafting Technician
- Civil Engineering Technologists
Basic Military Qualification (BMQ)
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the CAF physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Occupational Qualification Training
Drafting and Survey Technicians attend the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME) at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick. You will receive instruction from civilian and military instructors on the following topics:
- Planning and conducting land surveys
- Mathematics related to survey
- Data and material management
- Auto CAD software
- Producing Civil designs
- Producing building systems designs
- Performing construction stakeouts
- Producing as-Built drawings
- Construction Engineering common tasks and safety
Drafting and Survey Technicians may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Geodetic terrestrial survey training
- Advanced geodetic applications
- Specialized design software
The minimum required education to apply for this occupation is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 11 high school, secondary V in Quebec or equivalent secondary school education, including: Grade 11 applied math or math 526 in Quebec.
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