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Cartographic Draughtsperson

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Cartographic Draughtsperson
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€18 - 25
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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A cartographic draughtsperson assists Cartographers with the analysis of field survey and land management data.


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A cartographic draughtsperson uses material selected by a cartographer to produce maps and charts. Some work, especially in small organisations, may need the draughtsperson to use traditional methods of working on coated plastic drafting foils and films used to produce printers' plates. However, digital mapping, which involves the use of computers to construct maps, is quite common.  
 
A draughtsperson may add details such as new housing estates to existing maps. They select the size of letters and symbols according to the importance of features. They must also fit data into required mapping formats prepare edit and revise plans.


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The work requires patience, concentration and attention to detail. You will need to be neat and have a steady hand to be able to produce maps by hand. You will need an eye for design to make sure that maps are attractive as well as accurate, an interest in drawing or design and an aptitude for working with computers. You also need good vision, including normal colour vision.


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Organisation: Ordnance Survey Ireland
Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
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