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Drafting and Survey Technician


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Browsing over the CAF recruiting website and noticed two new trades, specifically:

Drafting and Survey Technician

Is this trade a split off from Geomatics Technicians?

Changed Subject / Title / Topic to "Drafting and Survey Technician". - mm
No.  It is part of the construction trades. It was previously a specialty available to any of the construction trades.
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Survey says – Opportunities in the new drafting and survey technician occupation

News Article / January 15, 2018

By Major Jim Hutcheson

A military occupation that has recently been re-established provides a great opportunity to employ highly technical skills that are applied both in the office and in the field, serving the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments anywhere in the world. This small but exclusive occupation is drafting and survey technician (DS tech), and we’re looking for new members.

As part of the Military Engineering Branch, DS techs employ leading-edge electronic and satellite equipment to gather precise survey data. From this, they produce essential site plans, charts, architectural drawings and designs using the latest computer aided design (CAD) software. This capability is essential on permanent military facilities, during exercises, and across the full spectrum of deployed operations.

DS tech positions have been established at two Royal Canadian Air Force wings (4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, and 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia), at two Army bases (Canadian Forces Bases Kingston, Ontario, and Gagetown, New Brunswick), and in Brussels, Belgium.

This occupation includes non-commissioned members from the rank of private/aviator to sergeant, after which DS techs may enter the construction engineer superintendent (CE supt) occupation (link on the right side of this page).

The Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME) at CFB Gagetown conducts the occupational qualification training – that is, the training that will qualify you as a DS tech – which includes 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

Further specialty training may be offered through additional formal courses and on-the-job training. The skills and experience gained by DS techs are closely related to those in civilian technician and technologist positions in the fields of surveying, architectural drafting, and civil engineering.

No previous training or experience is required to apply, although Grade 11/Secondary 5 math is a prerequisite. For more information about the drafting and survey technician occupation, check out the information and the video on the recruiting website (link on the right side of this page).

If you think a career in the Canadian Armed Forces in this new occupation is the right one for you, visit your local recruiting office or the online recruiting website.

For personnel already serving in the CAF, your local personnel selection officer can provide additional details about the opportunities available in this unique and challenging occupation.

Recruiting Website profile - DS Tech
Wow, that actually sounds pretty cool. Interesting that you can be posted OUTCAN it seems like right out of your 3's?
Cool.  I wonder if I could get an instructor job for this trade?  Possibly somewhere in the west?  ;D
Who became Drafting and Survey Techs? Construction Techs? Ive seen troops using the surveying machines in CFB Gagetown before back when I was there in 2013.
EpicBeardedMan said:
Who became Drafting and Survey Techs? Construction Techs? Ive seen troops using the surveying machines in CFB Gagetown before back when I was there in 2013.

It was a split between Geomatics Technicians and Construction Technicians, they're taking the few people that are qualified on both sides of the house and putting them under one MOSID. Now, new members will train solely in Drafting and Surveying instead of having to spend years doing other things.
Anyone know how long the 3s course is for this trade?  I can't find it anywhere.  Thanks