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Surveying Technician

Surveying buildings, land and sites to understand how they comply with regulations and specifications

How this role makes a difference

There is much more involved in a building than simply the materials used to build it. For instance, the regulations new buildings need to follow, specifications that are built into agreements, where land ownership boundaries lie, and which repair works on older buildings are necessary before they are ready to use or sell. 

Surveying technicians help to gather the relevant information on buildings, land, and construction sites, to produce a complete picture of how they stack up against regulation, specifications, size and quality. This information is used to inform the construction, renovation, buying, and selling processes. You could be the technician who helps to ensure everyone understands their property and land in detail.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Collecting information from the inspection of buildings, land and construction sites
  • Taking measurements of buildings, land or plans
  • Recording and analysing data
  • Meeting with other professionals and customers to obtain and share information
  • Completing costing exercises based on the data you’ve collected
  • Producing reports and recommendations
  • Assessing buildings, land and construction sites against building law and industry standard

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

With experience and further training you could become a chartered surveyor with a professional qualification. Or you might decide to specialise in a particular kind of property or to focus on land.

Another possibility is becoming self-employed and working as a freelancer, so you can work on a wide range of different projects.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

As a surveying technician you could work on all kinds of properties, helping people to understand what they involve and contributing to estimates for construction and development work. You might produce surveys on 38 storey office blocks, or on a development of 200 different sized homes. Your speciality could be sports arenas and leisure centres, or retail parks with multiple restaurants and 15 screen cinemas.

Other job titles...

Building Surveying Technician
Commercial Property Surveying Technician
Residential Property Surveying Technician
Land Surveying Technician
Valuation Surveying Technician
Consultant Quantity Surveying Technician
Consultant Project Management Technician

Useful skills
Attention to detail
Useful skills
Technologically minded
Useful skills
Critical thinking

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