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Geological Technician (Drafter)

Overview: Geological technicians work with geologists in order to draw diagrams, maps, profiles and cross-sectional views to show locations of petroleum, gases and other characteristics of soil and substrata. They code their maps to show locations of deposits of petroleum, minerals, coal & stone.
Duties: They work as assistants to geologists and geophysical prospecting parties who work in the field for purposes of petroleum exploration & identifying locations of natural resources.

Use collected field data in order to draw maps, charts, cross sections and profiles of the composition of the substrata being explored. They identify areas vulnerable to environmental damage.

Use computers and plotting instruments to produce maps and charts and shows precise locations of soil materials of interest. They decide upon scale size dimensions.

Inspect and analyze samples of soils from bore holes drilled by the geophysical prospecting party. They identify composition of the materials using microscopic and ultraviolet instruments.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Architectural Technology 
Job Outlook: Employment of geological technicians is expected to show little or no change through 2018 as oil companies continue to search for new resource deposits to meet world demand for petroleum products and natural gas.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $34,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Employers prefer to hire geological technicians who have a 2-year associate degree with a solid background in geology and computer-aided drafting. Certification through the American Design Drafting Association will be helpful. It is essential that new graduates be skilled in computer aided design (CAD) to produce geological drawings and maps and have a knowledge of environmental engineering.
Advancement Info: Geological technicians usually begin work as trainees in routine jobs. A scientist or an experienced technician supervises them. As they gain experience, technicians take on more difficult tasks. In time, they carry out their duties under only general supervision. Some become supervisors of other technicians.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.