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Surveyors and Spatial Scientists plan, direct and conduct survey work to determine and delineate boundaries and features of tracts of land, marine floors and underground works, prepare and revise maps, charts and other geographic products, and analyze, present and maintain geographical information about locations in space and time.

Engineering Surveyors generally work on civil engineering projects to review plans and identify potential design or structural issues. They use a variety of instruments and software such as Total Station, GPS, Dumpy Level, Digital Level and CAD.

What will I be doing?

  • Liaising with clients on site to ensure works are carried out as expectedCalculate geographic positions from
  • Calculate geographic positions from survey data
  • Verify mathematical calculations.
  • Document technical design details
  • Create maps
  • Direct surveying activities
  • Advise others on technical requirements for surveying, mapping, and spatial information systems
  • Gather physical survey data.
  • Apply mathematical principles or statistical approaches to solve problems in scientific or applied fields.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations
  • Analyze physical, survey, or geographic data.
  • Communicate with government agencies.
  • Develop surveying and land information systems.
  • Apply knowledge, understanding and respect of culturally significant sites or objects.
  • Determine operational criteria or specifications.
  • Preparing models for Setout and machine guidance.
  • Completing as-constructed reports and plans.
  • Managing survey equipment and software.

Skills breakup on the job:

  • Science and mathematics 73%
  • Production processes and machinery 11%
  • Communication and collaboration 6%
  • Operating procedures & processes 4%
  • Records, documentation, reports and research 4%
  • Business operations and finance 2%

Core competency level  (out of 10)

  • Planning and organizing 8 High
  • Numeracy 7 Intermediate
  • Digital engagement 7 Intermediate
  • Teamwork 5 Intermediate
  • Writing 7 Intermediate
  • Reading 7 Intermediate
  • Learning 6 Intermediate
  • Problem solving 6 Intermediate.
  • Oral communication 7 Intermediate
  • Initiative and innovation 7 Intermediate

How to become a Human resources officer:

A Bachelor’s degree in surveying and spatial science, University of Tasmania. There are several scholarships available at UTAS for spatial sciences.


Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying CPC60108 (Government funded)

What to find out more?

Contact us if you would like to find out more about working in Civil Construction, Surveyor.

View Surveyor Fact Sheet (PDF)