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:
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.
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.
To be a technical surveyor you should:
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.
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