Surveying Technician /Surveying Associate

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Surveying technicians support registered surveyors and other related professionals by performing a range of practical duties. They measure, collect, interpreter and analyse information to develop plans using computer aided drafting that provides the basic geospatial information required in a range of surveying disciplines. Surveying technicians use computers for a great deal of their work, and use technical equipment for measuring.

Surveying technicians may specialise in surveying, survey drafting, land information, photogrammetry, remote sensing, hydrographic surveying, mining surveying, land development, spatial information systems, or engineering and construction surveying. Students' wishing to enhance their knowledge and experience in surveying this provides a great way to gain experience and training in your chosen field of surveying.

Surveying technicians may find themselves employed across several industries, in the private sector by surveying practices, construction companies, property companies, consultancies, and mines. In the public sector employers include local authorities, universities, and government departments.

Surveying technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • collect and analyse field data, source maps, photographs, computer records and other information;
  • Compare survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data
  • store data in geographic information systems (GIS) and undertake activities such as enquiries, reports and plot production;
  • Operate and manage surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment;
  • Perform calculations associated with land measurement;