Surveying Technician

Job Description:

Surveying technicians carry out tasks to support chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

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


You’ll need:

  • 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:

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Entry Requirements:

To become a surveying technician, you should consider taking subjects that provide a solid foundation in math, science, and technical skills. Surveying is a field that involves measuring and mapping the Earth’s surface, which requires strong mathematical and technical knowledge. Here are suggested subjects:

  1. Mathematics (Maths): Mathematics is a fundamental subject for surveying. You’ll need a strong understanding of geometry, trigonometry, algebra, and calculus to perform various surveying calculations.
  2. Physics: Physics helps you understand fundamental principles related to measurement, motion, and forces. It can be particularly valuable in understanding instruments used in surveying.
  3. Geography: Geography provides a good foundation in understanding the Earth’s physical features and its relationship to surveying. This subject can be useful for understanding terrain and geographic coordinates.
  4. Design and Technology: Courses in design and technology can provide you with practical skills in using equipment and tools, which can be valuable for hands-on surveying tasks.
  5. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computers and specialized software for data analysis and mapping is important in modern surveying.
  6. English: Strong communication skills are essential in any profession, including surveying. You’ll need to convey your findings and collaborate with colleagues effectively.
  7. Environmental Science: Depending on the type of surveying you’re interested in, knowledge of environmental science can be relevant, especially for land and environmental surveying.

Post School

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:

  • construction
  • 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.