If math, measuring and engineering is your strength, consider a career in site layout. Surveyors are the first on the site to gather data about the elevation, contour and dimensions of the land being developed. This data gets used for everything from map making, mining, engineering and general construction. Survey jobs are available in every segment of the construction industry including highway and bridge construction, pipeline and mining.

Career Exploration Resources:

Newton's Road - Northwest Michigan Career Investigator

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More about a career as a surveyor:

Career Development:

​Information on how to qualify for and receive a license as a Land Surveyor in the State of Michigan: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Additional Training Courses:

These courses are offered by Online CTI, headquartered in Traverse City with online courses available across the country.

Day In The Life of a Surveyor:
  • Direct or conduct surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.

  • Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.

  • Verify the accuracy of survey data, including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.

  • Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.

  • Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.

  • Coordinate findings with the work of engineering and architectural personnel, clients, and others concerned with projects.

  • Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.

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For more information on careers as a surveyor:
ONET Summary Report - Surveyors

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