Surveying Technician

Surveying and mapping technicians assists photogrammetrists, surveyors, and cartographers by..

Surveying Technician

What does a Surveying Technician do?

Median Pay $42,450
Growth Rate -8%
Citation Retrieved in 2017 from BLS.org

Surveying and mapping technicians assists photogrammetrists, surveyors, and cartographers by collecting data and making maps for engineering, construction, and environmental industries. The data collected helps establish property boundaries, build roads and bridges, and find natural resources. Surveying techs visit assigned locations to take measurements of the land while a mapping technician uses geographic information to produce maps and blueprints.

How to Become a Surveying and Mapping Technician

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A surveying technician requires a high school diploma. However, some survey techs hold postsecondary training in survey technology. Surveying technicians learn the trade under the supervision of a surveyor beginning with simple duties like entering data into computers and working their way up to helping with decisions on how and where to measure the land.

Mapping technicians usually require a high school diploma in addition to technology application courses or training such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). They are receive on-the-job training under a experienced mapping supervisor. During this training you learn how maps are stored, create in databases, and other mapping skills.

Job prospects are becoming more promising for those that are certified. Certification is offered by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The National Society of Professional Surveyors also offers a Certified Survey Technician credential. High school students that may wish to pursue this occupation should take classes in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, drafting, mechanical drawing, and computer science to have the best advantage of gaining employment.

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Job Description of a Surveying and Mapping Technician

A surveying technician goes to job site locations to record survey measurements and collects additional information required with a team of survey professionals. They operate surveying instruments such as electronic distance-measuring equipment or GIS technology devices.

He or she would set out and mark stakes to conduct a survey and search for previous survey points. They enter the data found from surveying instruments into computers. A mapping technician’s job helps a photogrammetrist and cartographer produce and upgrade maps by selecting information from data bases and editing and processing images collected in the field. They produce maps outlining boundaries, elevation, water location, and other important features. They also ensure accuracy of maps by updating them and identify any areas that may have not been recorded.

Both a surveying and mapping technician should be skilled in decision making, problem solving, and active listening. They must also have physical stamina due to various environments encountered, long hours on ones feet, and carrying equipment.


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