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Working As A Survey Crew Chief

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $58,020

    Average Salary

What Does A Survey Crew Chief Do At Apex Engineering

* Provide land surveying services including plane and/or geodetic surveys for construction, topographic, right-of-way, and control survey projects.
* Gathers field survey data through the use of conventional surveying and GPS methods.
* Researches existing record information, including record maps, plans, deeds, easements and right of way documents.
* Has a general knowledge of, or if licensed, may be required to write or review legal descriptions associated with right of way documents, subdivision plats, and records of survey.
* Prepares accurate field notes, drawings and records change in conditions while in the field.
* Delegates survey tasks to other survey technicians under his/her direct supervision.
* May be required to clear vegetation, dig holes, and pound stakes with hand tools.
* Learn and follow surveying methods and standards as required by state and public agencies.
* Participates in pre-survey planning meetings with project managers and engineers on a consistent basis by providing updates and progress during all phases of projects.
* This position may lead to a more prominent role as a Senior Survey Crew Chief or Project Manager which will include becoming responsible for project budgets, fee estimates and financial performance.
* This position will require the initiative to think independently and make rational judgment calls.
* Effectively communicate with contractors, engineering staff and project owner representatives in the field.
* Understand and follow company employee handbook and mandated safety policies.
* Perform responsibilities in a conscientious, legal and ethical manner with a strong attention to detail.
* Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.
* Participate in professional organizations and community leadership programs.
* Travel and out of town stays will be required; may work overtime especially during the construction season.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Survey Crew Chief Do At Thompson Engineering

* Oversees the daily functions of the survey crew
* Responsible for the set up and completion of the survey crew on job sites under the direct supervision of the Professional Land Surveyor and/or job supervisor
* Ensures the proper reporting of daily work logs to the Org Manager
* Reduces survey data to the Org Manager
* Interprets blueprints/plans/deeds in order to effectively lead the survey crew
* Drives company vehicle to and from job sites
* Operates all survey equipment and interprets data in order to report information to the Org Manager
* Understand and compute field calculations relative to the survey data collected
* Effectively manage the time and schedules of the survey crew
* On time and consistent attendance is required

What Does A Survey Crew Chief Do At Thomas & Hutton Engineering

* Understands the principles and methods used in performing a variety of types of surveys such as photo control surveys, state plane coordinate surveys, boundary surveys, construction surveys, as-built surveys and route/highway surveys.
* Understands and adheres to proper field procedures regarding the care, cleaning, and use of a variety of surveying tools and equipment, including field radios.
* Operates, checks, and performs basic field adjustments on rods, compass, transits, levels, tribrachs, theodolites, total stations, data collectors, and tripods.
* Displays a strong understanding of trigonometry, geometry and algebra as related to traversing, inverse and intersection computations.
* Performs horizontal and vertical traverse adjustments, area and quantity computations, and horizontal and vertical curve computations.
* Understands when to use, how to obtain, and how to interpret control point records and data sheets, as well as locate points in the field.
* Understands a wide variety of surveying field operation methods including but not limited to: traversing; triangulation; repeating observations and precision measurements using steel tapes and theodolites; construction layout methods and procedures.
* Understands procedures for GPS
* Creates, reduces, and checks orderly field notes for standard surveying operations such as but not limited to leveling, traversing, topographic mapping, construction layout, as-built surveys, boundary surveys, profile and cross-section surveys.
* Reads and prepares plans. (i.e. site plans, boundary plans, highway plans, profiles and cross sections, horizontal and vertical curves, pipeline plans, foundation plans and developing existing and finished contours.
* Displays basic knowledge of treatment practices for a variety of medical emergencies.
* Understands traffic control and safety procedures for surveying operations.
* Understands ethics and the various technical standards of groups such as ALTA, NGS, NSPS, ACSM, BLM, and ASCE.
* Demonstrates the ability to enter field data and produce positional information, using hand calculations or computer software (i.e. leveling, traversing, as-built surveys, topographic mapping).
* Familiar with general applications of computer-aided drafting (CAD).
* Demonstrates the ability to interact with client contacts, public and governmental agencies, field crew management.
* Understands scheduling, equipment, and supplies management.
* Understands and adheres to general company policies as they relate to field and office operations, office workflow procedures, and field and office problem-solving techniques.
* Also, understands proper record keeping, timekeeping and job charges.
* Coordinates and supervises fieldwork, staking, and stake marking for a variety of standard types of surveys.
* Assists in training field crew personnel.
* Understands local and state land use regulations as they relate to lot site development.
* Additional duties as necessary and/or required by supervisor

What Does A Survey Crew Chief Do At Rettew Associates

Meet with Project Managers and clients to determine survey needsPerform boundary and topographic surveys in the fieldEstablish survey project specifications

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How To Become A Survey Crew Chief

Surveyors typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must be licensed before they can certify legal documents and provide surveying services to the public.


Surveyors typically need a bachelor’s degree because they work with sophisticated technology and math. Some colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs specifically designed to prepare students to become licensed surveyors. A bachelor’s degree in a closely related field, such as civil engineering or forestry, is sometimes acceptable as well.

Many states require individuals who want to become licensed surveyors to have a bachelor’s degree from a school accredited by ABET and approximately 4 years of work experience under a licensed surveyor. In other states, an associate’s degree in surveying, coupled with more years of work experience under a licensed surveyor, may be sufficient. Most states also have continuing education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Candidates with significant work experience as a survey technician can become licensed surveyors. To receive credit for this experience, candidates must work under a licensed surveyor. Many surveying technicians become licensed surveyors after working for as many as 10 years in the field of surveying. The amount of work experience required varies by state.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All 50 states and the District of Columbia require surveyors to be licensed before they can certify legal documents that show property lines or determine proper markings on construction projects. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree must usually work for several years under the direction of a licensed surveyor in order to qualify for licensure.

Although the process of obtaining a license varies by state, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has a generalized process of four steps:

      • Complete the level of education required in your state
      • Pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam
      • Gain sufficient work experience under a licensed surveyor
      • Pass the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam
Important Qualities

Communication skills. Surveyors must provide clear instructions to team members, clients, and government officials. They also must be able to receive instructions from architects and construction managers, and explain the job’s progress to developers, lawyers, financiers, and government authorities.

Detail oriented. Surveyors must work with precision and accuracy because they produce legally binding documents.

Physical stamina. Surveyors traditionally work outdoors, often in rugged terrain. They must be able to walk long distances for long periods.

Problem-solving skills. Surveyors must figure out discrepancies between documents showing property lines and current conditions on the land. If there were changes in previous years, they must discover the reason behind them and reestablish property lines.

Time-management skills. Surveyors must be able to effectively plan their time and their team members’ time on the job. This is critical when pressing deadlines exist or while working outside during winter months when daylight hours are short.

Visualization skills. Surveyors must be able to envision new buildings and altered terrain.

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Real Survey Crew Chief Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Field Survey Crew Chief Naik Consulting Group, P.C. New York, NY Sep 01, 2009 $70,332
Field Survey Crew Chief Naik Consulting Group, P.C. New York, NY Sep 08, 2009 $70,332
Surveyor-Survey Crew Chief Naik Consulting Group, P.C. New York, NY Sep 09, 2010 $62,234
Survey Crew Chief Cornerstone Land Surveying, Inc. Summerville, SC Mar 23, 2015 $39,653

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Top Survey Crew Chief Skills

  1. Boundary Surveys
  2. Topographic Surveys
  3. GPS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed boundary surveys, subdivision layouts, topographic surveys and underground utility staking for construction crews.
  • Performed boundary and topographic surveys Provided field construction survey staking
  • Experience Calibration and running GPS solo.
  • Lead two & three person survey crews performing primarily construction staking for heavy highway and site projects.
  • Crew Chief on establishment of control and construction layout for McKinley Bridge in St Louis, MO.

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