Mapping Technicians

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About the Job

Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.

It is also Called

  • Topographical Drafter
  • Topographic Computator
  • Technical Illustrations Map Inker
  • Tax Map Technician
  • Survey and Mapping Technician
  • Stereoplotter Operator
  • Stereo Plotter Operator
  • Stereo Map Plotter Operator
  • Stereo Compiler
  • Plane Tableman
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What They Do

  • Form three-dimensional images of aerial photographs taken from different locations, using mathematical techniques and plotting instruments.
  • Supervise or coordinate activities of workers engaged in plotting data, drafting maps, or producing blueprints, photostats, or photographs.
  • Complete detailed source and method notes describing the location of routine or complex land parcels.
  • Lay out and match aerial photographs in sequences in which they were taken and identify any areas missing from photographs.
  • Create survey description pages or historical records related to the mapping activities or specifications of section plats.
  • Identify, research, and resolve anomalies in legal land descriptions, referring issues to title or survey experts as appropriate.
  • Produce presentations of surface or mineral ownership layers by interpreting legal survey plans.
  • Redraw or correct maps, such as revising parcel maps, to reflect tax code area changes, using information from official records or surveys.
  • Train staff members in duties such as tax mapping, the use of computerized mapping equipment, or the interpretation of source documents.
  • Compute and measure scaled distances between reference points to establish relative positions of adjoining prints and enable the creation of photographic mosaics.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $47,040 with most people making between $25,420 and $73,210

Outlook

0.29%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,740 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,790 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 5 openings due to growth and about 25 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.



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