Engineering Survey Technologist

An engineering survey technologist works with a team of survey technicians mapmakers assistants and civil engineers to prepare and plan for a construction project. Some of the large construction projects that require an engineering survey technologist include bridges roadways infrastructure systems such as sewage and underground pipes and structures such as homes and all types of office buildings. An engineering survey technologist uses surveying and mapping instruments to determine property boundaries to record specifics of the land or geographical area that exists where construction will take place and to describe the topography of a particular area. According to www.ehow.com some of the essential characteristics of engineering survey technicians are strong verbal and written communication skills a high level of attention to detail and the ability to learn and use different types of computer programs and mapping instruments designed for surveying. The typical work week for an engineering survey technologist is 40 hours but many of those hours are spent outdoors. Therefore an engineering survey technologist can expect to be exposed to extreme heat during the summer months and freezing cold temperatures during the winter months. While some engineering survey technologists have a bachelor’s degree most have an associate’s degree that was earned from a community college or vocational school. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the outlook for this profession is expected to remain good for the foreseeable future and engineering survey technicians can expect to earn a median annual salary of $44290 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $44290
High Salary: $54290
Low Salary: $34290
Tasks: Records geographic areas using mapping computer software.
Surveys property size, shape, topography, and boundaries.
Operates survey instruments.
Calculates dimensions of a project.
Also Called: Civil Engineering Technologist
Topographic Map Technologist
Field Survey Technologist
Land Survey Technologist
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6466420_civil-engineering-technician-job-description.html
http://education-portal.com/articles/Land_Survey_Technician%3A_Occupational_Outlook_and_Career_Summary.html
http://pagerankstudio.com/Blog/2010/09/surveying-technician-job-description-and-mapping-technician-job-description-education-and-training-requirements-career-salary-employment-%E2%80%93-definition-and-nature-work/