Adjusts and operates surveying instruments, such as laser and electronic distance-measuring equipment. Makes sketches, compiles notes, and enters data into computers.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Design/Pre-Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Adjusts and operates surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
- Performs calculations to determine earth curvature corrections, atmospheric impacts on measurements, traverse closures and adjustments, azimuths, level runs, and placement of markers.
- Records survey measurements and descriptive data using notes, drawings, sketches, and inked tracings.
- Searches for section corners, property irons, and survey points.
- Positions and holds the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
- Lays out grids, and determines horizontal and vertical controls.
- Compares survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data.
- Sets out and recovers stakes, marks, and other monumentation.
- Directs and supervises work of subordinate members of surveying parties.
- 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.