Survey Technician Job Description
A survey technician is a person who assists a licensed surveyor in mapping, collecting and evaluating data to establish boundaries. Survey technicians play supporting roles to surveyors and are not responsible for survey results, as they do not make the final decisions.
A survey technician should be patient, precise, reliable, and good at math and computer aided design (CAD). They should have physical strength and stamina, as they may need to carry heavy surveying equipment and instruments and walk or climb through rough or slanted grounds into surveying fields.
What does a Survey Technician do?
Survey technicians may do some or all of the following:
- support and assist surveyors
- set up, operate and maintain surveying tools and equipment
- perform research on surveying area
- take land measurements using specialized tools and technology
- collect and analyze survey data
- write research articles and reports
Where does a Survey Technician work?
Survey technicians work normal office hours, but may be required to work evenings and weekends especially when doing fieldworks. They work indoors in offices and outdoors in the field. They may travel to survey areas and be away from home for a period of time and work in all weather conditions and in rough or slanted grounds. They may stand for long periods while working.
What is Required to Become a Survey Technician?
To become a survey technician, you will need to have an associate’s degree in surveying.
Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
Survey technicians need to have:
- accuracy and precision
- integrity and dependability
- physical fitness and stamina
- good attention to detail
- good eyesight and visualization skills
- good listening and communication skills
- computer and scientific measurement skills
- analytical and problem solving skills
- organizational skills
- the ability to work well with and without supervision
- the ability to make precise measurements using surveying equipment and instruments
- the ability to read and interpret maps and survey charts
- the ability to follow directions specifically
- knowledge of physics and math, especially geometry and trigonometry
- knowledge of surveying methods
- knowledge of the use and maintenance of survey equipment
- knowledge of land use and surveying laws and regulations
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