Instrument Technician

Survey Services

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for collecting survey data using designated survey equipment. Plans, organizes and directs surveying work to determine precise location and measurement of point of elevation, land area and contours for construction map making, land and other purposes.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

• The Instrument Man sets up, adjusts, and operates surveying equipment, including electronic total station, data collector, and GPS equipment, in order to measure distances, elevations, and angles.
• Prepares field notes and drawings; and performs field surveying for roadway, bridges, and flood control projects, including topographic surveying, installing setting surveying construction stakes, and locating or establishing vertical and horizontal control, right of way, monuments, corners, boundaries, and property lines.
• Provides work control lines and elevations that are required for accurate measurement and correct installation of materials.
• Provide checking of as-built conditions that require the use of surveying techniques.
• Provide topographic and cross-section surveys as required for planning and payment quantities.
• Provide quantity calculations as required.
• Prepares documentation of surveying activities.
• Maintain condition and adjustment of surveying equipment Coordinate surveying activities to meet construction requirements.
• Must have knowledge of and ability to use all surveying equipment and techniques.
• Moves materials and equipment to work locations and sets up work sites.
• Follows all hazardous waste handling guidelines.
• Responsible for observing and complying with all safety and project rules.
• Performs other duties as required.
• Under direction of Party Chief, obtains data pertaining to angles, elevations, points, and contours used for construction, using a level, transit, and other surveying instruments.
• Should be familiar with functional operation. Adjustment and use of GPS rovers, theodolites, lasers, transits, tapes, range poles, rods. Levels and compass. Compiles notes, sketches and records of data obtained and work performed. May use small hand level for rough leveling work. Has ability to read, interpret or prepare field notes, sketches, drawings and specifications as they pertain to the development of lines and grades. Has thorough understanding and knowledge of the methods of calculations employed in leveling, traversing, stadia, topographic surveys, mapping, construction surveys, laying out curves and determination of volumes.
• Directs Rod/Chain Person and other subordinate members of survey team in safe manner.
• May fill in for absent Party Chief.
• Responsible for observing and complying with all safety and project rules. Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Work within precise limits or standards of accuracy. Plan work and select proper tools. Compare and see differences in the size, shape and form of lines, figures and objects.
• Visualize objects in three dimensions from plans and drawings. Make decisions based on measurable criteria. Work at heights without fear.
• Ability to effectively verbally communicate directions from craft supervisors, and respond to questions from managers and fellow workers.
• Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
• Be able to read and comprehend simple measurements.
• Intermediate math skills which include trigonometry and geometry.
• Must be able to communicate effectively with others.
• Ability to effectively verbally communicate directions from craft supervisors, and respond to questions from managers and fellow workers.
• Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.

Education, certification and experience:

• A high school diploma or equivalent.
• Two (2) years experience in surveying.
• Valid Drivers License is required.

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