S I T E L A Y O U T / S U R V E Y
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Surveying and mapping technicians collect data and make maps of the Earth’s surface. Surveying technicians visit sites to take measurements of the land. Mapping technicians use geographic data to create maps. They both assist surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists.
Surveying technicians help surveyors in the field on teams known as survey parties. A typical survey party has a party chief and one or more surveying technicians. The party chief, either a surveyor or a senior surveying technician, leads day-to-day work activities. After data is collected by the survey party, surveying technicians help to process the data by entering the data into computers.
Earning potential for Minnesota:
$20.05 to $29.43 per hour
$41,704 to $61,214 annually
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Surveying technicians usually work outdoors, often in rugged terrain. Physical fitness is necessary to carry equipment and to stand most of the day.
Surveying and mapping technicians must be precise and accurate in their work. Their results are often entered into legal records.
Problem Solving Skills
Surveying and mapping technicians must be able to identify and fix problems with their equipment. They also must note potential problems with the day’s work plan.
Decision Making Skills
- Surveying technicians must be able to exercise some independent judgment in the field because they may not always be able to communicate with team members.
Surveying technicians work outdoors and must communicate with party chiefs and other team members across distances. Following spoken instructions from the party chief is crucial for saving time and preventing errors.