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Survey assistants work to assist surveyors in the production of geospatial data that determines the position, size and shape of various objects (both natural and man made) on the earths surface. No formal qualification is required; however in most cases some on the job training is provided. This is a great way to gain practical experience and training in your chosen field of surveying.

Survey Assistants may work for government departments and authorities such as those responsible for roads, land administration and minerals and energy, or for private enterprises such as mining companies, land developers or surveying and cartographic firms.

Survey assistants may perform the following tasks:

  • Use a variety of surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment;
  • Perform calculations to determine placement of markers;
  • Record survey measurements data and assist in preparation of survey plans and spreadsheets;
  • Research relevant survey plans, control marks and existing infrastructure information for projects;
  • Position and hold the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations;
  • Compare survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data;
  • Set out and recover stakes, marks, and other monumentation(marks on the ground);
  • Provide input to own training needs and undertake training to keep skills and knowledge updated to accommodate changes in spatial data processes, equipment and operations.