- Oil and Gas Services
- Post-secondary degree
About This Career
Land Surveying is one of the oldest professions in the world. The first land surveys on record were completed nearly 3,000 years ago when Egyptian Land Surveyors subdivided the fertile land around the Nile River. The Land Surveyors were also tasked with re-marking the land after the annual flooding of the Nile River. Today Land Surveyors (Licensed) in the oil and gas industry plan, direct and conduct legal surveys to determine and interpret the location of boundaries, buildings, structures and other features. You’re known for being accurate. If this sounds like you, look into a career as a Licensed Land Surveyor.
Licensed Land Surveyors plan, direct and conduct legal surveys to establish the location of property boundaries, contours and other natural or human-made features, and prepare and maintain cross-sectional drawings, plans, records and documents pertaining to these surveys. They use data generated from these surveys to calculate precise measurements relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth’s surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction and other purposes.
Land Surveyors interact with engineers and architectural personnel and land-related professionals. They must be proficient at the use of field equipment such as total survey station, GPS/GNSS systems, Robotic Optical survey instruments or conventional theodolite instruments and other specialized systems such as aerial and satellite imagery collection and laser scanning. They are also required to use computationally intensive software for coordinate geometry, map creation, CAD systems, graphics or photo imaging software.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Preparing and maintaining sketches, maps, reports and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify and assume liability for work performed.
- Researching legal records, survey records and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed
- Directing or conducting surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles
- Advising, providing consultation and testifying as an expert witness on matters related to legal surveys
- Land Surveyors must have a degree in geomatics engineering or survey engineering. A college diploma in survey science or geomatics technology along with additional academic credits may be acceptable.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Valid Driver's license
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Quad safety
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- A federal or provincial land surveyor's license is required.
- Successful completion of licensing exams and a 1-to 3-year articling period are required to attain a professional surveyor’s license.
- Note: Federal statutes require a separate license from the Association of Canada Land Surveyors to survey areas such as national parks, Aboriginal lands, offshore areas and northern territories.
You have strong math skills and an ability to precisely measure and record data. You are a skilled user of new technologies and software.
- Computer use
- Attention to detail
- Judgment and decision making
- Customer and personal service
- Planning and organizing
- Public safety and security
- Management of personnel resources
- Experience in project management, client management and team leadership is an asset
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration
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Also known as
- Commissioned Land Surveyor
- Legal Surveyor
- Professional Land Surveyor
- Property Surveyor
- Licensed Land Surveyor
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