Surveying technicians work outside extensively and can be exposed to all types of weather. Surveying technicians usually assist and report to surveyors. Mapping technicians work primarily in an office on computers. Mapping technicians usually work to assist engineers directly. Most of the time, mapping and surveying technicians work for firms that provide engineering, surveying, and mapping services to their clients. State and local governments also employ these workers in highway, road and planning departments.
Surveying technicians usually need only a high school diploma or GED. However, mapping technicians often need formal education to study relevant technology, such as geographic information systems (GIS). Mapping technicians must have strong computer skills. They use software products, such as Microstation, Geopak, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Cyclone, Descartes, and In-Roads. They prepare layout and perform drafting and/or design tasks and calculations. Survey technicians help surveyors review technical drawings, exhibits, and maps that are prepared by map technicians in accordance with engineers' instructions. Both surveying and map technicians must comply with industry standards and their companies' guidelines. Both mapping and surveying technicians are required to understand basic survey skills. Knowledge of data collection systems are required to become either surveying technicians or mapping technicians. They may also be required to know basic knowledge of engineering design principles and construction methods. Employees might work as mapping and surveying technicians at smaller companies. Both surveying and map technicians must be able to work in a team environment. They must posses excellent interpersonal skills.
Surveying or Mapping Technician Tasks
Collect field data on geophysical or environmental features such as sediment samples, neutron backscatter, size, layout, etc.
Monitor safety at the site for workers and bystanders.
Create and interpret reports on sites, communicating key facts and recommendations.
Calculate geophysical properties like size, sonar mapping, safety, etc.