Pay for survey technicians varies depending on skills and experience.
Survey technicians with up to two years' experience usually earn $45,000 to $55,000 a year.
Survey technicians with more than two years' experience can earn between $60,000 and $80,000.
Sources : Beca, 2018; Eighty4 Recruitment, 2018; Unitec, 2018.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Survey technicians may do some or all of the following :
take measurements and plot out land divisions using survey equipment such as total stations (small, tripod-mounted digital telescopes that measure distances and horizontal and vertical angles)
process data and make calculations gathered from fieldwork and surveys
make observations, record measurements, and collect other data about the land
draft and interpret plans for land use
prepare reports using the measurements and data calculations
supervise the work of survey assistants.
Skills and knowledge
Survey technicians need to have :
knowledge of surveying methods
the ability to interpret drawings, plans and maps
knowledge of how to use new and current surveying technologies and equipment, such as total stations and drones
skill using surveying and computer-aided design (CAD) software
good mathematical knowledge, particularly in trigonometry
an understanding of the laws and legislation relating to land use and surveying.
Survey technicians :
usually work regular business hours
work in offices, but also spend time doing technical work on-site at locations such as construction sites, farms, at sea, and populated areas
may have to travel to remote on-site locations.
To become a survey technician you need to have a New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6).
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include geography, maths and English.
Survey technicians need to be :
methodical and accurate
able to work well under pressure, as they often work to deadlines
able to work independently as well as in a team.
Useful experience for survey technicians includes :
work as a survey assistant
draughting, engineering and cartography work
tramping, orienteering and map reading experience
experience in other outdoor pursuits.
Survey technicians can apply to become associate technical members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors.