Profession soil surveying technician

Soil surveying technicians analyse soil by carrying out technical surveying tasks, using soil surveying techniques. They focus on the process of classifying soil types and other soil properties. Soil surveying technicians operate surveying equipment and utilise programs to retrieve and interpret relevant data, and perform computations as required.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Soil mechanics

    Thoroughly understand the characteristics of soil in relation to analysing the deformations of fluids within soil that supports man-made structures.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Soil science

    The field of science that studies soil as a natural resource, its characteristics, formation, and classification. It also examines the physical, biological, and chemical potential of soil.

  • Ecology

    The study of how organisms interact and their relation to the ambient environment.

  • Soil structure

    Diversity of soil elements and types of soil in relation to plant growth.

  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

Skills

  • Conduct field work

    Conducts field work or research which is the collection of information outside of a laboratory or workplace setting. Visit places in order to collect specific information about the field.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Collect samples for analysis

    Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.

  • Conduct soil sample tests

    Analyse and test soil samples; determine gas chromatography and gather relevant isotope and carbon information; determine viscosity.

  • Prepare surveying report

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

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • 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.

  • Operate surveying instruments

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

  • Adjust surveying equipment

    Ensure accuracy of measurement by adjusting surveying equipment.

  • Gather experimental data

    Collect data resulting from the application of scientific methods such as test methods, experimental design or measurements.

Optional knowledge and skills

engineering principles pollution prevention record survey measurements mathematics surveying methods perform scientific research engineering processes conduct land surveys geography civil engineering agronomy cartography biology surveying advise on nature conservation topography