Surveying TechnicianJob Description:
Surveying technicians carry out tasks to support chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.Job Category:
What you will do:
Depending on the field of surveying you work in, you could:
- estimate and draw up project costs
- measure and record data on land, buildings or construction projects
- create plans using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
- assist with environmental impact assessments
- survey buildings or map land use
- value land, property and machinery
- organise the sale of assets by auction
- visit sites to report on the progress of projects
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of geography
- design skills and knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- knowledge of building and construction
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:
- building surveying
- civil engineering
You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed for the job. This may help you when you apply for a trainee position.
In the UK, for example, relevant courses include:
- Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
- Diploma in Engineering Surveying
- Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians
- Level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction
You could do a surveying technician advanced apprenticeship.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 45-47 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends flexibly.
You could work in an office, visit sites or on a construction site. Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career Path & Progression:
You could become self-employed and work as a freelance surveying technician.
With experience and further training you could become a professional surveyor.