CAD Drafter Gas T&D

Posted Date 2 months ago(1/9/2024 8:00 PM)
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# of Openings
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US-NV-Las Vegas
Regular Full-Time


NV5 is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology. With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.


As engineers, architects, construction/program managers, environmental professionals and beyond, we play a significant role in shaping our communities through the services we provide. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals to join our team focused on Delivering Solutions and Improving Lives.


The Computer Aided Pipeline Drafter prepares Natural Gas Design sketches, exhibits, permit designs, construction drawings, and related documents for polyethylene and steel Natural Gas pipeline systems that depict the installation, removal, and modification of gas facilities. Providing high-quality solutions to natural gas utilities and pipeline operators by producing drawings for new pipeline installations, renewals, relocations, retrofitting of existing systems, installing system control valves, and fittings.


  • Setup related AutoCAD Tool Palette to confirm to design specifications by setting up required Text and Dimension Styles, appropriate page scale, border, and client specific settings.
  • Interpret current related client Design and Mapping symbols.
  • Use client provided GIS/Mapping data export DXF (Drawing Exchange Format) file for basemapping use.
  • Create a scaled Basemap drawing depicting right of way, face of curb, easement, other related property information associated with the design location. Basemaps are used to illustrate the geographic location and position of existing and proposed gas installations.
  • Use existing utility records received from agencies within a project location to accurately draw in above and below ground facilities. Examples include Sewer, Water, Storm Drain, other wet utilities, Communication, Electric, and other Dry Utilities.
  • Produce Model space design-ready drawing to include all labels, text, annotations, and dimensions for existing street features and substructures, land base, existing and proposed utilities. This will include Gas pipeline and remove from service pipeline (RFS) line types, gas feed and dead ends with caution notes, and Tie in Details when applicable.
  • Produce Paper space layout for printing purposes to include related Border title cover sheet, Vicinity map, Notes, Trench Details, Legends, and Details.
  • Produce related Vicinity map that identify the general location of corresponding project. This drawing will always be oriented north and includes Thomas brothers coordinates.
  • Produce related Street/road cross section depicting separation from new gas main trench to existing utility facilities and features.
  • Produce Detail drawings that will be used when the drawing scale provides insufficient drawing space to properly define work at a group of locations.
  • Use related design to produce a Mapping blank depicting existing facilities prior to planned installation, removal, or modification. The gas mapping blank is provided in the issued job package for creating as built of related Gas Pipeline work.
  • Interpret As-Builts, Utility Record Research, Field Sketch, Potholing Reports, to accurately depict Existing and Proposed Gas pipeline alignments and dimensions.
  • Use the latest version of AutoCAD to prepare design drawings with plan and profile, section, and detail views as designated by internal and external planning teams.
  • Prepare related sketches of overhead wire dimensions, plumbing plans, and any exhibits required to aid in planning and construction.
  • Prepare drawings based on direction provided by lead designers and field engineers.


Required Qualifications:

  • 2 Years of AutoCAD or MicroStation pipeline Drafting Experience.
  • 2 Years or equivalent in Drafting/Design of Steel and/or Polyethylene pipeline projects, plan/profile, and detailed piping drawings or Previous Equivalent work in Natural Gas planning, design, engineering, or Construction.
  •  Design experience of natural gas pipelines for subdivisions, developments, and commercial/industrial projects.
  • Design experience in Distribution and/or transmission internal and external driven pipeline projects.
  • ArcGIS (Geographic information systems) understanding.
  • Proficient use of MS Office Outlook, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Understanding utility records, plat maps, as-builts, construction drawings and gas service records for existing condition interpretation.
  • Understanding of Natural Gas Design standards, Gas distribution system concepts, Gas pipeline terms and definitions and/or related utility experience.
  • High School diploma or Equivalent.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Meet required deadlines and exceed client expectations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Southwest Gas and/or natural gas pipeline design and construction standards.
  • Previous Southwest Gas utility experience.
  • Experience in public utility design and construction, natural gas pipelines, water/sewer infrastructure, or electric distribution overhead and underground infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of permitting entities/municipal requirements for Clark County, City of Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Mesquite, Boulder City, NDOT, and Bullhead-AZ.
  • Knowledge of agency requirements for Basic Water Co, Nern River, NV Energy, SNWA/LVVWD, and Lumen.
  • Certificate of Training in technical drafting.

Personal Characteristics Desired:

  • Ability to work autonomously after expectation is set.
  • Must be a self-starter and work independently with conflicting deadlines.
  • Receive and provide constructive peer reviews.
  • Maintain excellent project communication with continuously changing tools and processes.
  • Attention to detail and precision.
  • Must have strong Time Management skills.
  • Must possess the ability to effectively interact with various departments to maintain open lines of communication.
  • Demonstrate ability to learn new design software and design standards.



NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training


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