Land survey technologists and technicians (NOC 2254)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum 16.85$
Median 26.00$
Maximum 38.81$
Job prospect
(2019-2023)
Employment in 2018
2,500
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Land survey technologists and technicians conduct or participate in surveys to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features and other structures on the earth's surface, underground and underwater. They are employed by all levels of government, architectural and engineering firms, and by private sector surveying establishments.

Main duties

  • Land survey technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Assist survey engineers or professional surveyors to develop methods and procedures for conducting field surveys
  • - Conduct field surveys and operate survey instruments and computer equipment to measure distance, angles, elevations and contours
  • - Record measurements and other information obtained during field survey activities
  • - Continued…
  • - Determine precise geographic locations using global positioning systems (GPS) equipment
  • - Analyze latitude, longitude and angles and compute trigonometric and other calculations to plot features, contours and areas to a specific scale
  • - Prepare detailed drawings, charts and plans and survey notes and reports
  • - Supervise and co-ordinate field survey activities.
  • Land survey technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Participate in field surveys and operate survey instruments and devices
  • - Keep records, measurements and other survey information in systematic order
  • - Assist in the calculation, analysis and computation of measurements obtained during field surveys
  • - Assist in the preparation of detailed drawings, charts and plans.
  • * Land survey technologists and technicians may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey or engineering survey.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a two- to three-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technologists.
  • * Completion of a one- to two-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technicians.
  • * Certification by provincial associations of technicians and technologists may be required by some employers.
  • * In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."

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