Profession land surveyor

Land surveyors determine the exact position of natural and constructed features and boundaries of land, seas, underground areas and celestial bodies, applying scientific and mathematical principles.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Conventional

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Knowledge

  • Surveying methods

    Have an understanding of surveying methods, remote sensing methods and equipment.

  • Cartography

    The study of interpreting the elements depicted in maps, the measures and technical specifications. 

  • Topography

    Graphic representation of the surface features of a place or region on a map indicating their relative positions and elevations.

  • Mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products

    The offered mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Civil engineering

    The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.

  • Geodesy

    The scientific discipline that combines applied mathematics and earth sciences in order to measure and represent the Earth. It studies phenomena such as gravitational fields, polar motion, and tides.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Geomatics

    The scientific discipline that studies gathering, storing, and processing geographic information.

  • Surveying

    The technique of determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them.

Skills

  • Adjust surveying equipment

    Ensure accuracy of measurement by adjusting surveying equipment.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Calibrate electronic instruments

    Correct and adjust the reliability of an electronic instrument by measuring output and comparing results with the data of a reference device or a set of standardised results. This is done in regular intervals which are set by the manufacturer and using calibration devices.

  • Perform surveying calculations

    Perform calculations and gather technical data in order to determine earth curvature corrections, traverse adjustments and closures, level runs, azimuths, marker placements, etc.

  • Prepare surveying report

    Write a survey report containing information on property boundaries, the height and depth of the terrain, etc..

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Conduct land surveys

    Conduct surveys to determine the location and features of natural and man-made structures, on surface level as well as underground and underwater. Operate electronic distance-measuring equipment and digital measuring instruments.

  • Compare survey computations

    Determine the accuracy of data by comparing computations with applicable standards.

  • Record survey measurements

    Gather and process descriptive data by using documents such as sketches, drawings and notes.

  • Operate surveying instruments

    Operate and adjust measuring instruments such as theodolites and prisms, and other electronic distance-measuring tools.

  • Document survey operations

    Complete and file all required administrative, operational and technical documents related to a survey operation.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Determine boundaries

    Establish the boundaries of properties using surveying equipment.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply digital mapping study aerial photos advise architects geography collect mapping data process collected survey data value properties urban planning law collect data using gps interpret geophysical data geology conduct research before survey create cadastral maps design scientific equipment compile gis-data advise on mining environmental issues develop geological databases photogrammetry create gis reports collect geological data geographic information systems create thematic maps use cad software prepare geological map sections use geographic information systems

Common job titles

  • Operations manager
  • Land surveyor/crew chief
  • Land surveyor trainee
  • Entry level land surveyor
  • Land surveyor, gs-1373-09/11 (deu)(sa)
  • Surveyor / inspector
  • Land surveyor, transportation
  • Surveyor
  • Surveyor: position available