Land survey technologists and technicians

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2254

Land survey technologists and technicians conduct or participate in surveys to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features and other structures on the earth’s surface, underground and underwater. They are employed by all levels of government, architectural and engineering firms, and by private sector surveying establishments.

Job Duties for Land survey technologists and technicians

Land survey technologists
  • Assist survey engineers or professional surveyors to develop methods and procedures for conducting field surveys
  • Conduct field surveys and operate survey instruments and computer equipment to measure distance, angles, elevations and contours
  • Record measurements and other information obtained during field survey activities
  • Determine precise geographic locations using global positioning systems (GPS) equipment
  • Analyze latitude, longitude and angles and compute trigonometric and other calculations to plot features, contours and areas to a specific scale
  • Prepare detailed drawings, charts and plans and survey notes and reports
  • Supervise and co-ordinate field survey activities.
Land survey technicians
  • Participate in field surveys and operate survey instruments and devices
  • Keep records, measurements and other survey information in systematic order
  • Assist in the calculation, analysis and computation of measurements obtained during field surveys
  • Assist in the preparation of detailed drawings, charts and plans.
Land survey technologists and technicians may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey or engineering survey.

Working Conditions for Land survey technologists and technicians

Work is performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the relevant task.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Engineering Survey Technician
  • Engineering Survey Technologist
  • Geodetic Survey Technician
  • Geodetic Survey Technologist
  • Geomatics Technician - Land Surveying
  • Geomatics Technologist - Land Surveying
  • Instrument Man/woman - Surveying
  • Land Survey Technician
  • Land Survey Technologist
  • Legal Survey Assistant
  • Legal Survey Technician
  • Legal Survey Technologist
  • Plane Table Operator - Surveying
  • Topographic Survey Technician
  • Topographic Survey Technologist
  • Transit Man/woman - Surveying
  • Transit Operator - Surveying
  • Engineering Survey Technologist
  • Geodetic Survey Technologist
  • Geomatics Technologist - Land Surveying
  • Land Survey Technician
  • Legal Survey Technician
  • Topographic Survey Technician
  • Transit Operator - Surveying