Technical surveyor

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Surveying technician

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

Salary Range: £18,000 to £32,000

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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
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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

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

You can get into this job through a surveying technician advanced apprenticeship, or construction quantity surveying technician higher apprenticeship.

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

You can join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for professional development training, industry news and networking opportunities.

Further information

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

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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
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • draughting plans using CAD software
  • estimating and drawing up project costs
  • gathering and analysing data for plans and reports
  • assisting with environmental impact assessments
  • surveying buildings or mapping land use
  • valuing land, property and machinery
  • organising the sale of assets by auction
  • supervising construction operatives on site
  • scheduling workloads and monitoring 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.

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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.