Survey Technician
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
45d ago

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.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a survey technician you need to have a New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6).

    Secondary education

    NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include geography, maths and English.

    Personal requirements

    Survey technicians need to be :

  • methodical and accurate
  • patient
  • able to work well under pressure, as they often work to deadlines
  • able to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Useful experience

    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.
  • Registration

    Survey technicians can apply to become associate technical members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors.

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