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Become An Instrument Person

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Working As An Instrument Person

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $47,450

    Average Salary

What Does An Instrument Person Do At Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson

* Sets up, adjusts, and operates surveying equipment including electronic total station, data collector, and GPS equipment, in order to measure distances **,** elevations and angles
* Perform boundary, topography, ATLA, right of way, and construction surveys
* Responsible for the operation and maintenance of survey equipment, including electronic data collectors, levels, electronic total station, GPS, and survey vehicles
* Record accurate and clear field notes
* Document assignments
* Collect data using survey equipment
* Perform calculations
* Nonessential functions and responsibilities:
* Perform other related duties as assigned
* Required Skills

What Does An Instrument Person Do At Wiser

* Receives work assignments from the Project Surveyor
* Performs assignments under the direction of the Party Chief.
* Loads Company vehicle with needed equipment, materials and supplies for the day's work.
* Assists in reporting broken equipment and supplies that need to be ordered.
* Anticipates how, when, and where the Party Chief needs assistance.
* Vigilant for ways to improve methods or procedures and make suggestions to the Party Chief.
* Operates surveying instruments and data collectors.
* Downloads information from data collector.
* Maintains batteries.
* Assumes other special activities and responsibilities from time to time as assigned.
* Shares responsibility for the quality of data gathered, maintenance and care of equipment and vehicles and the safety of the crew.
* Exercises own initiative in seeking additional work, or helping others complete their job assignments upon completion of regular work assignment
* Continually works to sharpen skills and improve on the understanding of surveying.
* Develops a basic knowledge of field procedures involved with various types of surveys.
* Develops a better understanding of boundary, topographic surveys.
* Develops a basic knowledge and understanding of surveying ethics and technical standards.
* Machines, Equipment, Electronic Devices and Software Operated.
* Comfortable operating or using the following: Company vehicle (light duty truck or SUV), total station, rod, data collector, level, plumb bob, measuring tape

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How To Become An Instrument Person

Surveying technicians usually need a high school diploma. However, mapping technicians often need formal education after high school to study technology applications, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Education

Surveying technicians generally need a high school diploma, but some have postsecondary training in survey technology. Postsecondary training is more common among mapping technicians where an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as geomatics, is beneficial.

High school students interested in working as a surveying or mapping technician should take courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, drafting, mechanical drawing, and computer science. Knowledge of these subjects will help in finding a job and in advancing.

Training

Surveying technicians learn their job duties under the supervision of a surveyor or a surveying party chief. Initially, surveying technicians handle simple tasks, such as placing markers on land and entering data into computers. With experience, they help to decide where and how to measure the land.

Mapping technicians receive on-the-job training under the supervision of a lead mapper. During training, technicians learn how maps are created and stored in databases.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The growing need to make sure that data are useful to other professionals has caused certification to become more common. The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) offers certification for photogrammetric technologists, remote-sensing technologists, and Geographic Information System/Land Information System (GIS/LIS) technologists. The National Society of Professional Surveyors offers the Certified Survey Technician credential.

Advancement

With many years of experience and formal training in surveying, surveying technicians may advance to senior survey technician, then to party chief. Depending on state licensing requirements, they may be able to become licensed surveyors.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Surveying and mapping technicians must be precise and accurate in their work. Their results are often entered into legal records.

Decisionmaking skills. Surveying technicians must be able to exercise some independent judgment in the field because they may not always be able to communicate with team members.

Listening skills. Surveying technicians work outdoors and must communicate with party chiefs and other team members across distances. Following spoken instructions from the party chief is crucial for saving time and preventing errors.

Physical stamina. Surveying technicians usually work outdoors, often in rugged terrain. Physical fitness is necessary to carry equipment and to stand most of the day.

Problem-solving skills. Surveying and mapping technicians must be able to identify and fix problems with their equipment. They also must note potential problems with the day’s work plan.

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Instrument Person Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    94.0%
  • Female

    5.0%
  • Unknown

    1.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.2%
  • Asian

    6.5%
  • Unknown

    1.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    40.0%
  • Carrier

    13.3%
  • Arabic

    13.3%
  • German

    6.7%
  • Phoenician

    6.7%
  • Greek

    6.7%
  • Russian

    6.7%
  • Arapaho

    6.7%
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Top Skills for An Instrument Person

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Top Instrument Person Skills

  1. Boundary Surveys
  2. Topographic Maps
  3. Total Station
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared Improvement and Boundary Surveys.
  • Prepared finished grade sheets, topographic maps, records of survey, and other survey reports.
  • Set up, adjust, and operates operates surveying equipment including total station, data collector.
  • Subcontracted to area chemical plants for all construction layouts.
  • Locate and set PI's, pipe tally and booked mainline.

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