Land surveyors

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2154

Land surveyors plan, direct and conduct legal surveys to establish the location of real property boundaries, contours and other natural or human-made features, and prepare and maintain cross-sectional drawings, official plans, records and documents pertaining to these surveys. They are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments, private sector land surveying establishments, real estate development, natural resource, engineering and construction firms, or they may be self-employed.

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Job Duties for Land surveyors

  • Develop survey plans, methods and procedures for conducting legal surveys
  • Plan, direct and supervise or conduct surveys to establish and mark legal boundaries of properties, parcels of lands, provincial and Canada Lands, Aboriginal land claims, wellsites, mining claims, utility rights-of-way, roadways and highways
  • Survey and lay out subdivisions for rural and urban development
  • Determine precise locations using electronic distance measuring equipment and global positioning systems (GPS)
  • Analyze, manage and display data using geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design and drafting (CAD)
  • Record all measurements and other information obtained during survey activities
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation and compilation of all data, plans, charts, records and documents related to surveys of real property boundaries
  • Certify and assume liability for surveys made to establish real property boundaries
  • Advise, provide consultation and testify as an expert witness on matters related to legal surveys
  • May supervise other land surveyors, and land survey technologists and technicians.

Working Conditions for Land surveyors

Work may be performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the relevant task. Outdoor field work may involve unstable terrain and severe weather conditions.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Cadastral Surveyor
  • Canada Lands Surveyor
  • City Surveyor
  • Commissioned Land Surveyor
  • Country Surveyor
  • Land Survey Supervisor
  • Land Surveying Party Chief
  • Land Surveyor
  • Legal Surveyor
  • Pipeline Surveyor
  • Port Surveyor
  • Professional Land Surveyor
  • Property Surveyor
  • Provincial Land Surveyor
  • Railway Surveyor
  • Construction Surveyor
  • Acoustic Watermain Surveyor
  • Project Manager - Surveying
  • Land Surveying Project Manager
  • Surveyor
  • Junior Ols / Articling Student
  • Junior Surveyor
  • Junior OLS/Articling Student
  • Junior Party Chief

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