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Land Surveyor Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Land Surveyor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Land Surveyor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Land Surveyor Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Land (or civil engineering) surveyors measure and plot the precise shape of land and the position of natural and artificial features. They gather survey data using a wide range of surveying techniques, complex electronic apparatus and computers.

The information they collect is used by engineers, architects and planners to assess a project. The results of more detailed site surveys are used in feasibility studies and detailed design work. They also collect information about existing buildings and identify the position of utilities such as gas pipes, electricity cables and water mains.

The survey data is analysed by cartographers for use by cartographic draughtspeople in the production of maps and plans. These are required before large-scale construction and engineering projects can begin.

Hydrographic Surveyors carry out offshore surveys from which navigable routes are charted. They locate suitable and safe sites for the construction of oil platforms or gas rigs and work in support of projects at sea such as mining or locating/retrieving sunken hazards.

In inshore waters, they survey rivers and canals to gauge the effects of a building project on the environment or monitor dredging operations. The survey data that they collect is used by hydrographic cartographers to make and update marine charts, navigational aids and oceanographic publications.

Hours and Environment

Most work a 40 hour week, which may include early starts, late finishes and weekend work.

Though usually office-based, land/hydrographic surveyors often spend considerable time in an outdoor environment. Sites have variable weather conditions, terrains and temperatures. Site inspections can include standing around for long periods, climbing and bending.

Skills and Interests

To be a land surveyor you need:

  • a strong scientific and mathematical ability
  • to be familiar with technology and the use of computers
  • a methodical approach, good analytical skills, accuracy and attention to detail (essential)
  • a wide knowledge of construction economics and law
  • an appreciation of spatial relationships
  • to enjoy working in or near a marine environment
  • knowledge of navigation and experience of handling small marine craft
  • a diplomatic manner
  • the ability to present the results of you work both verbally and in writing.


Entry

There is no set minimum qualification for entry to this work. Most entrants have at least A levels or H grades or similar. To become a qualified land or hydrographical surveyor you will usually need a HNC/HND, a degree or similar qualification.

Degrees that are accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or by the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) or have double accreditation are the ideal entry but graduates with relevant degrees in civil engineering or geography may be able to convert them.

Candidates working in a related field and holding a HNC/ HND may able to work toward membership at a lower technical level.

For a degree course the minimum entry requirements are five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two A levels/three H grades. For a HND the requirement is four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) plus one A level/two H grades, or equivalent.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

You will usually need a driving licence.

Training

Qualifying as a land or hydrographic surveyor is possible through the RICS or ICES.The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is the only route to achieving chartered surveyor status but is not specific to civil engineering or land surveying. The ICES offer a corporate membership route in either geospatial engineering surveying or construction commercial management surveying. It is usual for new entrants to apply for chartered status and ICES membership concurrently.

There are four ways you can qualify as a chartered surveyor in land or hydrographic surveying and achieve an RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), they are:

  • study full-time for an accredited degree.
  • study full-time for an accredited postgraduate qualification provided that you have a degree in a relevant discipline or relevant experience if degree is unrelated.
  • go into land surveying as a graduate trainee and study part-time for a postgraduate diploma.
  • start work as a trainee surveyor and study for a Diploma in Surveying through distance learning offered by the College of Estate Management.


You complete the APC by having at least two years on the job training;keeping a work diary and a record of practical training; giving a presentation; and passing an interview.

There are many ways of qualifying with ICES and achieving different membership grades, for example:

  • studying full-time for an accredited degree and completing 3-5 years experience (Corporate member- Graduate route)
  • studying for a relevant HNC/HND, 3-5 years experience plus a part-time distance learning course leading to the ICES Corporate Entry exam (Corporate member- Associate route)
  • assessment on the basis of 12 years experience, including five at senior level (Corporate Member -Mature entry).


Continued professional development training course specific to civil engineering surveying are available through the ICES.

It is possible to also gain corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Building(CIOB) -Faculty of Architecture and Surveying- as a corporate surveyor with initial surveying qualifications but this will not give chartered surveyor status but may give chartered builder status. CIOB membership is appropriate for construction in a general sense rather than land surveying specifically.

NVQ/SVQ Level 4 in Spatial Data Management is also available.

Opportunities

Employment opportunities for land surveyors can be found throughout the UK and overseas. Employers include central and local government departments, construction and property development companies, specialist surveying firms, banks, building societies and insurance companies and Ordnance Survey of Great Britain.

Others work independently as consultants or in partnership with other specialists in professional practice.

Opportunities for hydrographic surveyors can be found throughout the UK and overseas (40% of hydrographic surveyors work overseas). Employers include those listed above, as well as multinational oil companies, the Royal Navy (Hydrographic Department) and the UK Military Survey.

Promotion usually depends on internal company structures. Career advancement may mean moving to other areas to secure promotion or salary increase.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. Income for town planning support staff varies depending on qualifications, type of employer and location.

Income for new entrants is around £11,000 a year.
Experienced Technicians can earn £13,500.
Senior town planning support staff may earn £15,000 or more.

Further information

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

Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
Dominion House
Sibson Road
Sale
Cheshire
M33 7PP
Tel: 0161 972 3100
www.ices.org.uk

Chartered Institute of Building
Englemere
Kings Ride
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7TB
Tel: 01344 630700
www.ciob.org.uk

Other Useful Land Surveyor Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Land Surveyor job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

Details of other Land Surveyor Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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