What does a Surveyor do?
A surveyor determines property boundaries by taking precise measurements. They provide data for engineering, construction projects, and map making that would be relevant to the contour and sale of the Earth’s surface. A surveyor may prevent legal disputes by updating boundary lines and preparing sites for construction. Surveyors work both indoors and outdoors in fieldwork.
How to Become a Surveyor
A surveyor must have a bachelor’s degree due to the necessity of working with sophisticated math and technology. It is often acceptable to hold a bachelor’s degree in forestry, civil engineering, or a closely related field.
Most states require a surveyor to come from a school that is accredited by ABET with about 4 years experience under a licensed surveyor. Some other states may accept an aspirant with an associate’s degree in surveying along with work experience under a licensed surveyor. Continuing education is usually required in most states as well. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has a 4 step generalized process which are:
- Complete required level of education in your state
- Pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam
- Gain sufficient work under a licensed surveyor
- Pass the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam
Job Description of a Surveyor
The duties of a surveyor would include the measuring of angels and distances between points below, on, and above the Earth’s surface and research survey and land records, as well as land titles. He or she would travel to relevant sites and determine exact locations of important features by using known reference points.
Surveyors gather proof of previous boundaries in order to compare where boundary lines are located and record the results of surveying and assuring data accuracy. A surveyor prepares reports, maps, and plots and presents their findings to government agencies and clients.
They determine exact locations of buildings or roads and the correct depth for building foundations. He or she would indicate possible restrictions on the property, like how large a structure can be. They may also testify in court regarding survey work and establish official water and land boundaries for leases, deeds, or other legal documents.
A surveyor should be skilled in problem solving and time management and be detail-oriented. They should have good visualization and physical stamina as lots of time is spent on their feet.