Surveyor/Survey Technician

Surveyor/Survey Technician

Surveyors and survey technicians map land features and property boundaries, and accurately locate where new structures such as roads, bridges, buildings and pipes should be constructed. Survey assistants work under the direction of a land surveyor or engineer.

Watch videos about surveying on the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors website

Most surveyors and survey technicians are employed by:

  • Specialised surveying companies
  • Construction and engineering consultancies
  • Land developers
  • Government agencies such as Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

Job opportunities for surveyors are good, especially in Christchurch as they are needed to inspect sites before rebuilding work can begin.

Surveyors generally earn:

  • $40-50,000 starting salary
  • $50-80,000 with more than five years’ experience

Survey technicians generally earn:

  • $30-40,000 starting salary
  • $40-55,000 with more experience

Key tertiary qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Surveying for work as a surveyor
  • National Diploma in Surveying for work as a survey technician
  • National Certificate in Surveying for work as a surveying assistant

Recommended school subjects:

  • Maths, especially Algebra, Calculus and Trigonometry
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Digital Technologies
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • English

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Surveyor/Survey Technician: People who work in this role

  • Michael Etter

    Survey Technician, Michael Etter at work

    James Tombleson

    Licenced Cadastral Surveyor, James Tombleson at work

    William Ching

    Survey Technician, William Ching at work

    Michael Cutfield

    Surveyor, Michael Cutfield at work
  • Tim Bailey

    Surveyor, Tim Bailey at work

    Alan Martin-Smith

    Surveyor , Alan Martin-Smith at work

    Paula Gentle

    Geodetic Surveyor, Paula Gentle at work

    Nick Stillwell

    Land Surveyor, Nick Stillwell at work
  • Libby Whyte

    Surveyor, Libby Whyte at work

    Lizzie Jenkins

    Surveyor, Lizzie Jenkins at work

    Scott Cookson

    Land Surveyor, Scott Cookson at work

    Rita Clark

    Surveyor, Rita Clark at work
  • Adam Churchill

    Land Surveyor, Adam Churchill at work

    Nick Wakefield

    Land Surveyor, Nick Wakefield at work

    Jodi Rook

    Surveyor, Jodi Rook at work

    Charlotte Ronaldson

    Surveyor, Charlotte Ronaldson at work
  • Jared Rehm

    Survey Technician, Jared Rehm at work

    Maaike Duncan

    Surveyor , Maaike Duncan at work

Surveyor/Survey Technician: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Bloxam, Burnett & Olliver
    Bloxam, Burnett & Olliver
  • Calibre Consulting
    Calibre Consulting
    Fraser Thomas
    Fraser Thomas
    The Surveying Company
    The Surveying Company
  • MWH
    Harrison Grierson
    Harrison Grierson
    Davis Ogilvie
    Davis Ogilvie
  • Opus International Consultants
    Opus International Consultants

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