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We are constantly changing the face of the earth… digging, building, re-routing. No major construction project can proceed without the information gathered and interpreted by surveying technicians. Often called "instrument people," they are hands-on members of the survey party that measures and locates natural and man-made features above and below ground. Working under the direction of a licensed surveyor, technicians, set up, adjust, and operate precision instruments. These can include electronic and computerized devices that measure distances, contours, angles and elevations between points of the earth's surface. It requires a clear understanding of geometry. And they go high-tech too, setting up receivers for Global Positioning Systems. GPS precisely locates sites using radio signals transmitted by satellites. About half of the surveying technician's work is performed outdoors in any climate and terrain. Though rarely strenuous, technicians may have to carry their equipment long distances. The other half of their job is done back at the office. There they convert the data they've gathered into maps and charts, using computers and specialized software. A 40-hour week is standard but longer surveying hours are common in the summer. New hires train with more experienced technicians. Employers prefer to hire people with an associate's or bachelor's degree in surveying or engineering, and it's mandatory if you hope to become a licensed surveyor. GeographyWe are constantly changing the face of the earth… digging, building, re-routing. No major construction project can proceed without the information gathered and interpreted by surveying technicians. Often called "instrument people," they are hands-on members of the survey party that measures and locates natural and man-made features above and below ground. Working under the direction of a licensed surveyor, technicians, set up, adjust, and operate precision instruments. These can include electronic and computerized devices that measure distances, contours, angles and elevations between points of the earth's surface. It requires a clear understanding of geometry. And they go high-tech too, setting up receivers for Global Positioning Systems. GPS precisely locates sites using radio signals transmitted by satellites. About half of the surveying technician's work is performed outdoors in any climate and terrain. Though rarely strenuous, technicians may have to carry their equipment long distances. The other half of their job is done back at the office. There they convert the data they've gathered into maps and charts, using computers and specialized software. A 40-hour week is standard but longer surveying hours are common in the summer. New hires train with more experienced technicians. Employers prefer to hire people with an associate's or bachelor's degree in surveying or engineering, and it's mandatory if you hope to become a licensed surveyor. Geography has been called the science of space and place on the Earth's surface. Surveying technicians help us define our place. has been called the science of space and place on the Earth's surface. Surveying technicians help us define our place.

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