Survey Technician

Job Description

  • Mark the location of new works, and set up reference points as benchmarks
  • Plot survey results, prepare detailed drawings, charts, plans, and write survey notes and reports
  • Analyze and edit spatial data to verify the accuracy of data for quality assurance
  • Inspect, adjust, test and monitor the performance of the survey equipment, Satellite Positional Systems (SPS) and other systems
  • Plan SPS routine maintenance, ensuring they are productive, efficient and safe
  • Coordinate, direct, mentor and train more junior field and office staff
  • Work closely with Surveyors, Geologists and Mining Engineers to ensure that data is accurately collected, presented and used
  • Plan and conduct field work to assist with other company programs
  • Compile data from various sources to generate maps
  • Prepare topographic maps, aerial photo mosaics, and other custom land survey products
  • Analyze and conduct quality assurance on surveys
  • Help to ensure safety, protect the environment, improve operational efficiency and quality control, regulate production costs and solve problems


$54,000 – $75,000

Job Prospects

Demand in Mining: 2/5

Skill Transferability: 5/5


Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Survey Technicians excel at mathematics and conduct precision work. They enjoy working outdoors, experiencing remote parts of the country and using the latest technology and equipment.

What is it Like to Work as an Survey Technician in Mining?

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and do not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Survey Technicians are based in an office at the mine site, but spend most of their time at the production and exploration sites, often in uncomfortable conditions including confined spaces, at heights and near open holes.

Success Profile

  • A strong interest in Information Technology and instrumentation
  • Trustworthy and maintains positive relationships with a wide variety of personnel
  • Identifies issues, solve problems and takes initiative
  • Can work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Calm, positive, organized, careful and flexible
  • Committed to precise and accurate measurement and safety and environmental protection
  • Embraces new techniques and technology
  • Learns detailed function and technical information quickly
  • Strong communication, computer and drafting skills
  • Understanding legislation and regulations concerning safety, employment and environmental protection
  • Works well in a team and independently, and under pressure

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and do not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Fixed Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma (two to three years) in geomatics or land survey technology, or a combination of high school education with experience as a member of a survey party
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD and other digital Land Survey, graphic workstations, colour plotters, digitizers and related equipment
  • Maintain technical competence in related software platforms and field technologies and use them efficiently
  • Proficiency in survey calculations, relevant engineering and drafting practices, uploading/ downloading survey data, using related software platforms and language of operation
  • Excellent understanding of the coordination between field survey, office computations and drafting
  • Must pass a medical and drug test
  • Willing to work in a diverse environment

Regional Requirement

  • Certification through provincial associations of applied science technologists and technicians

May be Required

  • Two years of supervised work experience
  • Valid driver’s licence with few or no current infractions


  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages

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