Land survey technologists and technicians (NOC 2254)

About this job

Land survey technologists and technicians:

  • carry out 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
  • work for all levels of government, architectural and engineering firms and by private sector surveying establishments
Common job titles
  • instrument man / woman - surveying
  • operator, plane table - surveying
  • technologist, engineering survey
  • technologist, geodetic survey
  • technologist, legal survey
  • transit operator - surveying


Land survey technologists:

  • help survey engineers or professional surveyors to develop methods and procedures for carrying out field surveys
  • carry out 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
  • determine exact geographic locations using global positioning systems (GPS) equipment
  • analyze latitude, longitude and angles, and use trigonometric and other calculations to plot features, contours and areas to a specific scale
  • prepare detailed drawings, charts, plans, survey notes and survey reports
  • oversee and co-ordinate field survey activities

Land survey technicians:

  • participate in field surveys and operate survey equipment
  • keep records, measurements and other survey information in an organized manner
  • help in the calculation, analysis and computation of measurements obtained during field surveys
  • help in the preparation of detailed drawings, charts and plans

Special duties

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.

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, or an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Mobility is possible between the various occupations in this unit group. Also, promotion to supervisory positions is possible with experience, and to land surveyor positions with the completion of professional surveyor examinations and certification.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.