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How to become a Technical Surveyor

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What does a Technical Surveyor do?

Technical surveyors, sometimes known as surveying technicians, carry out a wide range of tasks to provide essential technical support to chartered surveyors, architects and engineers across the range of surveying divisions, including building, land, hydrographic, quantity, general practice, mining and rural.

Duties will vary according to the division of surveying they work in but can include:

  • draughting plans and designs, using computer-aided design packages
  • estimating and drawing up costings for projects
  • collating and analysing data for reports
  • assisting in the assessment of the environmental impact of construction materials and projects
  • surveying buildings or mapping land use, using precision measuring instruments computer software
  • valuing land, property, plant and equipment for purchase, sale, taxation and insurance purposes
  • organising the sale of assets by auction
  • supervising construction operatives on site
  • scheduling workloads and monitoring progress of projects.

Some of the work involves administrative duties, for instance, producing reports for managers and clients, and assisting in the drawing up of contracts, tenders and bids. Time is split between office-based work, usually on a computer, and sitework.

Technical surveyors work for construction companies, estate agents, utility companies, country estates and public sector organisations.

What's the working environment like working as a Technical Surveyor?

Surveying technicians work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, earlier starts, late finishes and weekend work may be required depending on the project.

Technical surveyors are office-based but spend a good deal of time working on-site in all weathers. A driving licence will be helpful, as travel between sites and clients is often required.

What does it take to become a Technical Surveyor?

To be a technical surveyor you should:

  • have good analytical skills
  • have good IT skills and an aptitude for maths
  • have a methodical approach to work
  • be well organised
  • understand Building Regulations and other relevant legal guidelines
  • have good communication and negotiating skills
  • be able to use sophisticated measuring equipment.

Technical Surveyor Career Opportunities

Employers include central and local government, construction and property companies, private estates and trusts, specialist surveying companies, industrial and commercial firms, banks, building societies and insurance companies, auction houses, and antique and art dealerships.

Some technical surveyors work independently as self-employed consultants or in partnership with a professional principal. Technical surveyors with appropriate experience often progress to a managerial role.

Further information

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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Surveyor Court
Westwood Way
Coventry
CV4 8JE
Tel: 0870 333 1600
www.rics.org

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Englemere
Kings Ride
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7BT
Tel: 01344 630700
www.ciob.org.uk

National House Building Council
Buildmark House
Chiltern Avenue
Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP6 5AP
www.nhbc.co.uk

Association of Building Engineers
Lutyens House
Billing Brook Road
Weston Favell
Northampton
NN3 8NW
Tel: 0845 126 1058
www.abe.org.uk

College of Estate Management
Whiteknights
Reading
Berkshire
RG6 6AW
Tel: 0118 986 1101
www.cem.ac.uk

Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE)
www.abbeqa.co.uk