CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Surveying and Mapping Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Surveying and Mapping Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps. Traditional land surveyors establish official land, air space, and water boundaries. They write descriptions of land for deeds, leases, and other legal documents, define airspace for airports, and measure construction and mineral sites. Other surveyors provide data relevant to the shape, contour, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features. Cartographers compile geographic, political, and cultural information and prepare maps of large areas. Photogrammetrists measure and analyze aerial phot ographs that are subsequently used to prepare detailed maps and drawings. Surveying technicians assist land surveyors by operating survey instruments and collecting information in the field and by performing computations and computer-aided drafting in offices. Mapping technicians calculate mapmaking information from field notes. They also draw topographical maps and verify their accuracy.
 
Adjust and operate surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
 
Compile information necessary to stake projects for construction, using engineering plans.
 
Run rods for benches and cross-section elevations.
 
Position and hold the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
 
Record survey measurements and descriptive data using notes, drawings, sketches, and inked tracings.
 
Perform calculations to determine earth curvature corrections, atmospheric impacts on measurements, traverse closures and adjustments, azimuths, level runs, and placement of markers.
 
Conduct surveys to ascertain the locations of natural features and man-made structures on the Earth's surface, underground, and underwater using electronic distance-measuring equipment and other surveying instruments.
 
Search for section corners, property irons, and survey points.
 
Operate and manage land-information computer systems, performing tasks such as storing data, making inquiries, and producing plots and reports.
 
Direct and supervise work of subordinate members of surveying parties.
 
Set out and recover stakes, marks, and other monumentation.
 
Lay out grids, and determine horizontal and vertical controls.
 
Compare survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data.
 
Collect information needed to carry out new surveys using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records, and other relevant information.
 
Prepare topographic and contour maps of land surveyed, including site features and other relevant information such as charts, drawings, and survey notes.
 
Maintain equipment and vehicles used by surveying crews.
 
Place and hold measuring tapes when electronic distance-measuring equipment is not used.
 
Provide assistance in the development of methods and procedures for conducting field surveys.
 
Perform manual labor, such as cutting brush for lines, carrying stakes, rebar, and other heavy items, and stacking rods.
 
Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.
 
Determine scales, line sizes, and colors to be used for hard copies of computerized maps, using plotters.
 
Monitor mapping work and the updating of maps to ensure accuracy, the inclusion of new or changed information, and compliance with rules and regulations.
 
Identify and compile database information to create maps in response to requests.
 
Produce and update overlay maps to show information boundaries, water locations, and topographic features on various base maps and at different scales.
 
Trace contours and topographic details to generate maps that denote specific land and property locations and geographic attributes.
 
Lay out and match aerial photographs in sequences in which they were taken, and identify any areas missing from photographs.
 
Compare topographical features and contour lines with images from aerial photographs, old maps, and other reference materials to verify the accuracy of their identification.
 
Compute and measure scaled distances between reference points to establish relative positions of adjoining prints and enable the creation of photographic mosaics.
 
Research resources such as survey maps and legal descriptions to verify property lines and to obtain information needed for mapping.
 
Form three-dimensional images of aerial photographs taken from different locations, using mathematical techniques and plotting instruments.
 
Enter Global Positioning System (GPS) data, legal deeds, field notes, and land survey reports into geographic information system (GIS) workstations so that information can be transformed into graphic land descriptions, such as maps and drawings.
 
Analyze aerial photographs to detect and interpret significant military, industrial, resource, or topographical data.
 
Redraw and correct maps, such as revising parcel maps, to reflect tax code area changes, using information from official records and surveys.
 
Train staff members in duties such as tax mapping, the use of computerized mapping equipment, and the interpretation of source documents.
 
Research and combine existing property information to describe property boundaries in relation to adjacent properties, taking into account parcel splits, combinations, and land boundary adjustments.
 
Supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in plotting data, drafting maps, or producing blueprints, photostats, and photographs.
 
Create survey description pages and historical records related to the mapping activities and specifications of section plats.
 
Calculate latitudes, longitudes, angles, areas, and other information for mapmaking, using survey field notes and reference tables.
 
Identify, research, and resolve anomalies in legal land descriptions, referring issues to title and survey experts as appropriate.
 
Complete detailed source and method notes detailing the location of routine and complex land parcels.
 
Answer questions and provide information to the public and to staff members regarding assessment maps, surveys, boundaries, easements, property ownership, roads, zoning, and similar matters.
 
Trim, align, and join prints to form photographic mosaics, maintaining scaled distances between reference points.
 
Produce presentations of surface and mineral ownership layers by interpreting legal survey plans.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Surveying and Mapping Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Surveying and Mapping Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Surveying and Mapping Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Surveying and Mapping Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Surveying and Mapping Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aerial Photograph Interpreter
Aerotriangulation Specialist
Agricultural Global Positioning System Mapper (Agricultural GPS Mapper)
Assistant Surveyor
C Level Crew Chief
CAD Technician (Computer Assisted Design Technician)
Cartographer
Cartographic Aide
Cartographic Aide
Cartographic Drafter
Cartographic Technician
Cartographic Technician
Cartography/Mapping Technician
Chain Carrier
Chain Person
Chain, Rod, or Ax Survey Worker
Chainman
Compass Operator
Computer Aided Design Technician (CAD Technician)
Drafting Technician
Draftsman
Engineering Assistant
Engineering Physical Science Technician
Engineering Technician
Field Crew Chief
Field Map Technician
Field Map Technician
Field Supervisor
Forest Technician
GIS Mapping Technician
Geodetic Computator
Geographical Information System Analyst (GIS Analyst)
Geographical Information System Specialist (GIS Specialist)
Geographical Information System Technician (GIS Technician)
Geophysical Party Chief
Geophysical Prospecting Surveying Technician
Global Position System Technician (GPS Technician)
Hydrographic Surveyor
Imagery Analyst
Imaging Technician
Instrument Man (I-Man)
Instrument Operator
Instrument Person
Land Survey Technician
Land Surveying Survey Worker
Land Surveyor
Land Surveyor
Levelman
Map Compiler
Map Drafter
Map Editor
Mapping Supervisor
Mapping Technician
Marine Surveyor
Mineral Surveying Technician
Mosaicist
Party Chief
Photogrammetric Compilation Specialist
Photogrammetric Stereo Compiler
Photogrammetric Technician
Photogrammetrist
Plane Tableman
River and Harbor Soundings Group Leader
Rodman
Stake Driver
Stake Setter
Staker
Stereo Compiler
Stereo Map Plotter Operator
Stereo Plotter Operator
Stereoplotter Operator
Survey Crew Chief
Survey Crew Member
Survey Manager
Survey Party Chief
Survey Rodman
Survey Technician
Surveying Crew Rodman
Surveying Crew Stake Runner
Surveying Technician
Surveying Technician
Surveyor
Surveyor Chain Helper
Surveyor Helper
Surveyor Instrument Assistant
Surveyor Rod Helper
Technical Illustrations Map Inker
Topographic Computator
Topographical Drafter
Topography Technician
Transit Man
Transit Survey Worker
Transit Worker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Drafting
Benchmark Title: Surveying and Mapping Technicians
 
 
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