Adjusts and operates surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compiles notes, makes sketches and enters data into computers.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Design/Pre-Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Searches for section corners, property irons, and survey points.
- Adjusts and operates surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
- Conducts surveys to ascertain the locations of natural features and man-made structures on the Earth's surface, underground, and underwater, using electronic distance-measuring equipment and other surveying instruments.
- Collects information needed to carry out new surveys, using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records, and other relevant information.
- Prepares topographic and contour maps of land surveyed, including site features and other relevant information, such as charts, drawings, and survey notes.
- Positions and holds the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
- Sets out and recovers stakes, marks, and other monumentation.
- Records survey measurements and descriptive data, using notes, drawings, sketches, and inked tracings.
- Compiles information necessary to stake projects for construction, using engineering plans.
- Operates and manages land-information computer systems, performing tasks such as storing data, making inquiries, and producing plots and reports.