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Surveying and Mapping Technicians - 17-3031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist, to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps.

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Tasks

  • Adjust and operate surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, electronic distance measuring equipment, or electronic data collectors.
  • Analyze aerial photographs to detect and interpret significant military, industrial, resource, or topographical data.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public or to staff members regarding assessment maps, surveys, boundaries, easements, property ownership, roads, zoning, or similar matters.
  • Calculate latitudes, longitudes, angles, areas, or other information for mapmaking, using survey field notes or reference tables.
  • Check all layers of maps to ensure accuracy, identifying and marking errors and making corrections.
  • Collect information needed to carry out new surveys, using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records, or other relevant information.
  • Compare survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data.
  • Compare topographical features or contour lines with images from aerial photographs, old maps, or other reference materials to verify the accuracy of their identification.
  • Compile information necessary to stake projects for construction, using engineering plans.
  • Complete detailed source and method notes describing the location of routine or complex land parcels.
  • Conduct surveys to ascertain the locations of natural features and man-made structures on the Earth's surface, underground, and underwater, using electronic distance-measuring equipment, such as GPS, and other surveying instruments.
  • Design or develop information databases that include geographic or topographic data.
  • Determine scales, line sizes, or colors to be used for hard copies of computerized maps, using plotters.
  • Enter Global Positioning System (GPS) data, legal deeds, field notes, or land survey reports into geographic information system (GIS) workstations so that information can be transformed into graphic land descriptions, such as maps and drawings.
  • Identify and compile database information to create requested maps.
  • Monitor mapping work or the updating of maps to ensure accuracy, inclusion of new or changed information, or compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Operate and manage land-information computer systems, performing tasks such as storing data, making inquiries, and producing plots and reports.
  • Perform calculations to determine earth curvature corrections, atmospheric impacts on measurements, traverse closures or adjustments, azimuths, level runs, or placement of markers.
  • Position and hold the vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances, and elevations.
  • Prepare cost estimates for mapping projects.
  • Prepare topographic or contour maps of land surveyed, including site features and other relevant information, such as charts, drawings, and survey notes.
  • Produce or update overlay maps to show information boundaries, water locations, or topographic features on various base maps or at different scales.
  • Provide assistance in the development of methods and procedures for conducting field surveys.
  • Record survey measurements or descriptive data, using notes, drawings, sketches, or inked tracings.
  • Research and combine existing property information to describe property boundaries in relation to adjacent properties, taking into account parcel splits, combinations, or land boundary adjustments.
  • Search for section corners, property irons, or survey points.
  • Set out and recover stakes, marks, or other monumentation.
  • Supervise or coordinate activities of workers engaged in surveying, plotting data, drafting maps, or producing blueprints, photostats, or photographs.
  • Trace contours or topographic details to generate maps that denote specific land or property locations or geographic attributes.
  • Trim, align, and join prints to form photographic mosaics, maintaining scaled distances between reference points.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assist engineers or scientists with research.
  • Calculate geographic positions from survey data.
  • Create graphical representations of structures or landscapes.
  • Create maps.
  • Determine geographic coordinates.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Enter codes or other information into computers.
  • Estimate costs for projects or productions.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Explain project details to the general public.
  • Gather physical survey data.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards.
  • Operate computer systems.
  • Prepare maps.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features.
  • Survey land or properties.
  • Verify mathematical calculations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Tactician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Arabic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Chinese (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Korean (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Low-Flow (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Pashto (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Persian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Russian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Spanish (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Arabic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Chinese (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Korean (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Low-Flow (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Pashto (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Persian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Russian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Spanish (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Arabic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Chinese (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Korean (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Low-Flow (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Pashto (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Persian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Russian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Spanish (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Arabic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Chinese (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Korean (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Low-Flow (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Pashto (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Persian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Russian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Spanish (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operator Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • All Source Intelligence Analyst Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Construction Surveyor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Assistant (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Senior Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aid (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aid Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aide - Surveyor (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Fire Controlman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Operations Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Sensor Support Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Surveyor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Fire Control Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Fire Support Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Geospatial Intelligence (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Apprentice, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Craftsman, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Helper, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Journeyman, Imagery Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Imagery Analysis Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Assaultman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Squad Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Joint Fire Support Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pararescue Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • PATRIOT Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Reconnaissance Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Rifleman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Engineer Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Specialist Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Target Mensuration Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Craftsman, Targeteer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Journeyman, Targeteer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Targeting Analyst Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Technical Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Terrain Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Topographic Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Topographic Engineering Supervisor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Topographic Surveyor (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief of Party
  • Geodetic Computator
  • Photogrammetric Technician
  • Surveyor Assistant Instrument

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Aerial-Photograph Interpreter
  • Chief of Party
  • Editor, Map
  • Geodetic Computator
  • Mosaicist
  • Photogrammetric Technician
  • Stereo-Plotter Operator
  • Supervisor, Mapping
  • Surveyor Assistant, Instruments