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Surveying Technicians

Also called: Engineering Technician, Survey Crew Chief, Survey Party Chief, Survey Technician

Where in the Army? In the Army: Construction Engineering Technician; Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember; Technical Engineer

What they do:
Adjust and operate surveying instruments, such as the theodolite and electronic distance-measuring equipment, and compile notes, make sketches and enter data into computers.
On the job, you would:
  • Search for section corners, property irons, and survey points.
  • Adjust and operate surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
  • Conduct 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.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • geography
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Foresoft CDS Cogo
  • Modeling software
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Hot Technology
  • Bentley MicroStation Hot Technology
Map creation software
  • Desktop digital photogrammetry system DDPS
  • ESRI ArcGIS software Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$42,450
per year, on average
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