Entry Senior

Land Surveyor (Licensed)

About This Career

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, official 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.

Education: 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. 

Employment: This occupation is employed in onshore environments in the oil and gas services and pipelines sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example job titles: Commissioned Land Surveyor, Legal Surveyor, Professional Land Surveyor, Property Surveyor, Licensed Land Surveyor

Work Activities
Applying Information
Providing technical office support.
Documenting/Recording Information
Preparing and maintaining sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.
Maintaining accurate survey records, documentation and stamped submittals.
Getting Information
Researching legal records, survey records, and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.
Collecting field data.
Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates
Directing (or conducting) surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.
Mentoring staff on proper survey methodologies and techniques.
Processing Information
Analyzing, managing and displaying data using geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design drafting (CAD).
Processing survey data, including the evaluation of accuracy and sufficiency ensuring compliance to applicable regulations.
Calculating heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.
Computing geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.
Determining longitudes and latitudes of important features and boundaries in survey areas, using theodolites, transits, levels, and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS).
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Advising, providing consultation and testifying as an expert witness on matters related to legal surveys.
Quality Assurance
Verifying the accuracy of survey data, including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites; quality control.
Thinking Creatively
Developing criteria for survey methods and procedures.
Judgment and Decision Making
Attention to Detail
Computer use
Career Path
  • Land Surveyor (ALS, SLS, P.Eng)
  • Land Surveyor (articling)
  • President of Survey/Geomatics company
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Similar Jobs In Other Industries
Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Forestry and logging
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Legal and Boundary Surveying
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Non-residential and residential building construction
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Public administration, including regulatory
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support


Oil and gas services

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • Successful completion of licensing exams and a 1-to 3-year articling period are required to attain a professional surveyor’s license.
  • A federal or provincial land surveyor's license is required.
  • 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.