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Technical surveyor

Alternative titles for this job include Surveying technician

Technical surveyors carry out tasks to support chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£28,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

45 to 47 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

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How to become

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How to become a technical surveyor

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

  • construction
  • building surveying
  • civil engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You can take a college course to learn some of the skills needed for the job, which may help when applying for a trainee position. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Surveying
  • Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians
  • T level in Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:

  • Advanced surveying technician
  • Advanced civil engineering technician
  • Higher construction quantity surveying technician

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Professional and industry bodies

 

Further information

You can find out more about surveying careers and training from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of geography
  • analytical thinking skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • draught plans using CAD software
  • estimate and draw up project costs
  • gather and analyse data for plans and reports
  • assist with environmental impact assessments
  • survey buildings or map land use
  • value land, property and machinery
  • organise the sale of assets by auction
  • supervise construction operatives on site
  • schedule workloads and monitor the progress of projects

Working environment

You could work on a construction site or in an office.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a self-employed consultant, or go into partnership with a chartered surveyor.

You could move into a managerial role, or a related job like town planner or wayleave officer, where you'll negotiate land purchase and access arrangements for utility companies.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 3 Apprentice Architectural Technician

  • Wage: £192.00 Weekly
  • Location: Exeter

Quantity Surveyor Apprentice

  • Wage: £180.00 Weekly
  • Location:

Courses In England

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

  • Provider: LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Liverpool

T Level Construction - Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Blackpool

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