Survey CAD tech requirements.
In my area (SE VA), there is no shortage of design draftsmen due to the NN and Norfolk shipyards, but there are very few Land Survey / Civil drafters.
How do you all find your draftspeople?
To me drafting a plat is a very specific skillset that may only be glanced over in a CAD class concerned with preparing someone for the shipyards. The small firms I worked for promoted from within- from field to plat drafting. That would be my preferred method, but I am struggling to find the "motivated" personnel.
Motivate them more? $$$
Every Survey CAD tech I've ever known, save perhaps 1 or 2, started out on the field crew and more or less taught themselves office skills out of necessity. This includes myself.
I've never had to do it but if I did I would probably get a disenchanted aerospace drafter from the Lazy B. I would find a CAD drawing of what I want, an old plat that was hand drawn that I admire, and a piece of sh*t drawing that came out of Brand X and perhaps a few other gems. Put them in front of the applicant and ask them which they like the best. If they choose wisely, mentor-mentor-mentor and mentor again. Oh and keep cold beer in the fridge and go golfing every now and then. Those are perks that are overlooked by management.
Survey drafting isn't really taught anywhere that I know of. You can either teach a drafter how to survey, or teach a surveyor how to draft.
I started out with GIS and CAD, and learned surveying afterwards. I got lucky in that I had some excellent mentors who were able to explain not just survey practice, but why the lines were shown and labeled a certain way.
The key is having a good teacher/mentor and someone willing to make use of it.