Chicken Salad

I need a civil guy with basic Civil 3D skills.  If you are a hard working, self-motivated people person with excellent communication skills in search of a challenging position with opportunity for advancement then you should apply somewhere else.  And stop copying that stuff from the Internet.

Some of you have embellished your resumes for so long that you’re starting to believe your own fiction.  Here’s some friendly advice.  Simply tell me who you are in one paragraph and list the top three things you do best.  I’m not interested in your hobbies, awards, or how incredibly driven and detail-oriented a team player you really are.  You can’t make chicken salad out of chicken poop no matter how much mayonnaise you add.

So, here’s the test.  Really.  I wrote a Civil 3D test.  We’re about to find out if that “proficient at Civil 3D” business you mentioned on your resume is true or not.  There are just a few simple instructions and the data set is just as simple – a boundary survey, a point file, and a topo drawing.  If you have any questions, make a decision.

You must perform under pressure.  You must be creative.  You must be resourceful.  The reality of this job is that you will be expected to deliver your design on time even if your source data is not.  You’re a professional gunslinger.  Stand and deliver.

Civil 3D Proficiency Exam:

Use Civil 3D to develop a small, graded, fenced site using the legal description, point data, and topo drawing provided.  Store all project data in appropriate folders in the c:\Civil 3D Projects folder.

  1. Save the survey topo drawing to the project folder.  Copy it with a new name.
  2. In the new drawing create the site boundary from the legal description and label each segment with a bearing and distance.
  3. Label the property corners with State Plane Coordinates.
  4. Create and dimension a fence placed 1-ft inside the property boundary.
  5. Import the point data.  Display only natural ground shots with elevations centered above the marker and rotated 30 degrees.
  6. Create a surface from the natural ground shots and display labeled 1-ft contours.
  7. Create a proposed surface starting 6 inches above existing ground at the east property line and graded at 1% away from the road.  Slope this proposed site to existing ground using 3:1 slopes.
  8. Label 1-ft contours, spot elevations, and a grade for the proposed surface.

That’s it.  Not much of a test is it?  I expect you to complete it in less than 45 minutes.  Some of you may finish in half that time.  Maybe.  Soon I’ll post exactly what I look for in the test.  I don’t want to tell you now.  That would ruin the surprise.



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