City of Tampa

Drafting Technician II (#005072) 030

$29.67-$42.10 Hourly / $5,142.80-$7,297.33 Monthly / $61,713.60-$87,568.00 Yearly


This is responsible technical drafting work.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for preparing drawings of complex engineering ideas and information; complex designs involve irregular and reverse curves, small, crowded and hidden details and parts with unusual interrelationships and contours. Work is of average difficulty and involves the use of advanced graphic portrayal techniques, methods, and procedures in preparing sets of drawings of facilities, equipment, and systems from survey notes, sketches, marked-up prints, and instructions. Under general supervision, employees are required to exercise reasonable initiative and independent judgment in selecting directly applicable information from standard references, guides, and precedents encountered previously and applying skill in the use of methods and techniques in preparing drawings. Employees are expected to relieve the designer of many standard and non-critical design considerations and are held responsible for the preparation of appropriate and adequate drawings. Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion for accurate portrayal of the design and inclusion of adequate information for the intended purpose.

Examples of Duties

Conducts site/field inspections to verify existing conditions; researches existing and probable utilities; researches and verifies such information as utility locations, property boundaries, and ownership; computes areas and volumes for excavations and fills from cross sections; utilizes computer aided drafting or manual drawings to prepare complex engineering designs, special structures, and equipment; prepares plan and profile drawings from survey notes and engineering data; prepares preliminary, working, and final construction drawings; prepares maps, charts, sketches, and drawings for illustrative purposes; prepares drawings of typical sections and standard details; plots cross sections and prepares topographic maps from survey notes; revises project drawings to reflect as-built status; updates utility system and right-of-way maps adding and deleting utilities, property, easement, streets, alleys, and vacating; prepares project cost estimates; prepares permit applications for right-of-way construction by private contractor and/or city departments to send to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), state, county, and city agencies; reviews construction plans for compliance with city codes and regulations; checks the accuracy of legal descriptions of property; conducts deed and abstract record investigations; prepares maps and sketches from legal descriptions; prepares utility project notifications; operates office equipment such as copiers and microfiche readers.

Edits AutoCAD system files to automate drafting routines; prepares/reviews technical drawings or sketches; interprets and transfers survey notes into AutoCAD format to facilitate calculations; creates and customizes boundary maps using digitizing pad or computer utility programs; uses AutoCAD to prepare 3-dimensional models and computer slide show for special projects.

Orally interprets technical sketches and blueprints for others; determines elevation to set utilities; prepares preliminary design to facilitate installation of traffic flow and control devices; informs public of location of city facilities, infrastructure, and other engineering information from city drawings, archives, and aerial photographs.

Designs and writes flyers, posters, maps, charts, brochures, etc. to disseminate information; coordinates project work with engineering utilities and contractors to keep on schedule; reviews architecture drawings prepared by others to identify conflicts with field conditions; diagrams physical layout of office and work areas; prepares architecture drawings of equipment and/or facilities to facilitate construction and/or installation; consults with department personnel on projects, programs, etc. to include implementation and follow-up.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: symbols, terminology, and accepted standards used in preparing engineering drawings; equipment, facilities, and systems of the particular field of engineering assigned; basic drafting techniques including standardized drawing techniques; legal terminology used in property descriptions.

Working knowledge of: charting and graphing procedures and practices; computer assisted drafting systems.

Ability to: make mathematical computations using standardized tables and formulas; prepare drawings either manually or via computer aided design that are neat, accurate, appropriately dimensioned, and logically arranged, utilizing the methods and techniques of drafting; prepare drawings from survey notes, plats, and legal descriptions; originate standard designs for such basic projects as parking lots; prepare plan and profile drawings, and drawings of typical sections with standard detail; plot cross sections; prepare topographic maps, and revise to reflect changes; adjust/transpose drawings to scale; read and interpret survey and engineering data; understand and follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and the public.

Skill in: the use and care of drafting tools, materials, and equipment; PC-based drafting and design in 3-dimensions.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school and completion of one (1) year of college in engineering drafting or related subjects, with three (3) years of experience in drafting and computer aided design; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license might be required.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 005072; EST: 8/9/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;