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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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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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

  • Advanced Engineering Aide (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Strike and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Mensuration Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Allergy/Immunization Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Flight and Operational Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Independent Duty Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Allergy/Immunization Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Independent Duty Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Allergy/Immunization Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Flight and Operational Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Independent Duty Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Allergy/Immunization Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Independent Duty Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • 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)
  • AVENGER Crewmember (USAR/NG only) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, B-1 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, B-2 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, B-52 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, C-135/25 AF Systems/Carry-on EW (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, E-3 Computer/Electronic Warfare Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, E-3 Radar Surveillance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, E-8 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, EC-130 Compass Call (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, VC-25 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, B-1 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, B-2 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, B-52 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, C-135/25 AF Systems/Carry-on EW (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, E-3 Computer/Electronic Warfare Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, E-3 Radar Surveillance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, E-8 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, EC-130 Compass Call (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Helper, VC-25 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, B-1 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, B-2 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, B-52 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, C-135/25 AF Systems/Carry-on EW (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, E-3 Computer/Electronic Warfare Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, E-3 Radar Surveillance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, E-8 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, EC-130 Compass Call (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, VC-25 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Construction Surveyor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Conversion NEC EA Engineering Aid Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Conversion NEC IS Intelligence Specialist Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Analyst and Reporter (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Analyst and Reporter Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Analyst and Reporter Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Analyst and Reporter Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Analyst and Reporter Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education and Training Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Education And Training Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Assistant (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Senior Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aid (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineering Aide (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)
  • Geographic Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Geospatial Information and Services (GIandS) Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Geospatial Intelligence (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Analyst (Navy - 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-Imagery Interpreter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Craftsman, Health Information Technology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Journeyman, Health Information Technology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Imagery Analysis Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Infantry Unit Leader (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (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)
  • Strike Warfare Intelligence Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Specialist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, 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 Acquisition Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • 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)
  • Technical Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Terrain Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Topographic Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Topographic Engineering Supervisor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Topographic Surveyor (Army - Enlisted)
  • U.S. Navy (USN) Targeting Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • CHIEF OF PARTY (Prof & Kin)
  • 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