Surveyor Kairūri

Surveyors plan, direct and conduct survey work to determine the position of boundaries, locations, topographic features and built structures.

Surveyors of all specialisations can apply to become members of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors and work towards professional registration, which is voluntary.

By law, only a licensed cadastral surveyor can certify cadastral (land title) surveys. To become a licensed cadastral surveyor you must obtain a certificate of competency from the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, which requires at least two years of practical experience. You can then apply for a licence with the Cadastral Surveyors Licencing Board of New Zealand.

Surveyors may do some or all of the following:

  • survey and monitor land or seabeds
  • carry out land title surveys and set boundaries
  • check the accuracy of records and measurements
  • prepare maps, plans and charts to give pictorial representations of the land or seabed
  • map out location and design of structures such as new roads and pipelines
  • report on survey data to clients and councils
  • discuss surveying or land development projects with clients, local authorities, other professionals or local iwi
  • ensure project proposals comply with council district plans and liaise with the council to deal with any issues
  • prepare resource consent applications, including environmental impact assessments.

Physical Requirements

Surveyors need to have a good level of fitness and be reasonably strong, as they may need to carry measuring equipment into the field. They also need good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) to operate surveying and measuring equipment.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for surveyors includes:

  • work as a surveyor's assistant or technician
  • experience working in cartography, draughting or engineering
  • experience working at a mining or construction site.

Personal Qualities

Surveyors need to be:

  • patient and precise, with an eye for detail
  • adaptable, as they may work on different types of projects
  • able to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • comfortable working in an office and outdoors
  • methodical and precise when taking measurements
  • good at problem solving
  • skilled communicators and relationship managers.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for surveyors includes:

  • work as a surveyor's assistant or technician
  • experience working in cartography, draughting or engineering
  • experience working at a mining or construction site.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include geography, maths and English.

Surveyors can earn around $50K-$60K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Surveyor are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Surveyors may progress to set up their own surveyor business, or move into management roles.

Surveyors may specialise in areas such as:

Cadastral Surveyor
Cadastral surveyors define and mark property boundaries.
Engineering Surveyor
Engineering surveyors work in the civil engineering industry to help map and plan new structures such as buildings, roads and bridges.
Hydrographic Surveyor
Hydrographic surveyors map and monitor the bottom contours of bodies of water such as seas, streams, rivers and lakes.
Mine Surveyor
Mine surveyors undertake surface and underground surveys designed to produce information for the construction of mines.
Map Maker
Map makers, also called cartographers, use aerial photographs and photogrammetric processes to create and revise maps.
Surveyor

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