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.