Survey Instrument Technician

Fairfax, Virginia
$41,054.83 - $68,424.10 Annually
Aug 17, 2019
Sep 28, 2019
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the General Supervision of the Chief of Survey Parties of the Utilities Design and Construction Division (UDCD), performs technical and skilled survey work as the instrument operator on a field survey team and does related work as required. Operates (robotic) total station, data collector, and GPS equipment to collect field data and establish lines for surveys. Uses a computer and related office equipment to transfer field data to the office as needed. Supervises a crew in absence of the crew chief.

Illustrative Duties

  • Operates various surveying instruments including GPS & RTK equipment, and electronic data stations to collect data for pre-engineering design surveys, establish and re-establish lines for construction stakeout surveys and easement and property lines;
  • Recovers property corners and sets traverse control points for boundary surveys;
  • Sets and marks stakes for construction stakeout projects;
  • Directs the survey party during the absence of the party chief and when acting for the Survey Crew Chief;
  • Maintains survey equipment and survey vehicle and ensures vehicle is well stocked with supplies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of survey field work;
  • Working knowledge of mathematics, engineering formulas and techniques including trigonometric functions and the ability to compute curves;
  • Working knowledge of applicable county, state and federal laws, codes, and regulations;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications;
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and the GIS system;
  • Ability to properly use and correctly adjust survey equipment;
  • Ability to conduct research and evaluate data;
  • Ability to understand and interpret legal descriptions, engineering plans, maps, and field data;
  • Ability to apply basic surveying principles to the solution of problems.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to high school graduation or a GED issued by a state department of education; plus two years of survey field work.

Graduation from Surveying Apprenticeship Classroom Education Program. Experience with use of all current field equipment, including total stations, data collectors, and Trimble GPS equipment.

Must be able to walk over rough terrain, lift and carry 50 pounds, work in variable climate, and stand for prolonged periods with or without reasonable accommodation.

Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license is required.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer prior to appointment.

Panel interview may include written exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance; TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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