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Survey Technician Info Sheet

Job title 
Surveying Technician

Job description
measure and plot out land boundaries and land development modifications using survey equipment
make observations, record angular measurements and collect data about the site 
process data gathered from the field work 
make calculations from the data collected and previous surveys 
prepare reports using the measurements and data calculations 
draft and interpret plans for land use 
use survey and basic computer aided design (CAD) software 
supervise the work of survey assistants.
undertake as-built surveys

Qualifications required
Sixth Form Certificate or NCEA equivalent in English and maths, and preferably one science subject.
Bursary or NCEA equivalent in computer science, technical drawing, geography, physics or economics are also useful.

To become a surveying technician you need to have a National Diploma in Surveying, which can be gained through full time or part time study. In exceptional circumstances employers may take someone on in this role without this qualification if they have a lot of relevant surveying work experience.

Training costs
Training is usually done at Unitec in Auckland, with two years full time study. The course costs are approximately $4000 per year. Other providers may become available in 2008.

Location of job
Work is both indoors and outdoors. There are job opportunities throughout New Zealand.

Career path
Many people start out working as a survey assistant and study to become a survey technician. A survey technician who has a National Diploma in Surveying and work experience can then go on to study at Otago University to become a registered land surveyor (parts of the diploma, subject to grade conditions, can be cross-credited to the degree).

Salary range
Salaries vary, but qualified survey technicians usually earn between $35,000 and $55,000 per year. Unqualified survey technicians can earn between $25,000 and $40,000 depending on where they work and whether they are studying for the National Diploma in Surveying.

Other careers this profession could lead to
1. Professional Land Surveyor
2. Project Manager
3. Asset Manager
4. Quantity Surveyor

How to increase the chances of successfully entering this industry
Take English and Trigonometry at school.
Talk to a local surveying company to see if you can spend some time gaining work experience.
Gain a drivers licence as early as possible.
Have a keen, 'can do' attitude.

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