Surveying Technician

Surveying Technicians inspect structures to determine structural soundness and compliances with building codes, specifications, etc. Surveying Technicians also inspect potential construction sites, estimate costs and determine time frame.

Duties and tasks

  • Approves and signs plans that meet the required specifications
  • Inspects structural items for structural quality, safety and conformance to specifications and codes
  • Issues permits for demolition and construction
  • Issues violation notices and stop-work orders when needed
  • Reviews blueprints, site layouts, specifications and construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements
  • Trains and supervises other surveying technicians
  • Uses survey instruments, tape measures, and metering devices to perform inspections

Skills required

  • Good attention to details
  • Good physical condition to explore construction sites
  • Previous experience as a carpenter, electrician, pipefitter or plumber
  • Strong communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of construction materials and practices

Working conditions

Surveying Technicians typically work alone and spend a lot of time on the road inspecting construction worksites. Office time is spent reviewing blueprints, communicating with construction managers and architects, filling out reports and scheduling inspections.

Professional associations / Industry information

Building Designers Australia (BDA)

Spatial Industries Business Association

The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

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