Level 3

In addition to the Levels I and II requirements, Level III Technicians are required to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of survey computations, types of surveys and field operations. The individual in this position is well versed with field note reduction and in depth plan interpretation and preparation. The Level III technician possesses supervisory skills and a detailed working knowledge of standard field and office procedures. The technician had knowledge of the principles of the profession and various technical standards. Work Elements further describe the requirements related to this position.

Work Elements

1. Types of Survey s(F=7, 0=7)

Know the principles and methods used in performing a variety of surveys such as: photo control surveys, state plane coordinate surveys, public land surveys, metes and bounds survey, GPS surveys, construction surveys, and as-built surveys.

2. Field Equipment & Instruments (F=34, 0=11)

Extensive knowledge of proper field procedures, knowledge of the care, cleaning and use of a variety of surveying tools and equipment, including field radios. Know how to operate, check, and perform basic field adjustments on rods, compass, transits, levels, tribrachs, theodolites, total stations, robotic total stations, data collectors, tripods, and GPS equipment. Some historical knowledge is required.

3. Survey Computations (F=21, 0=21)

Have extensive knowledge of trigonometry, geometry, and algebra as related to traverse, inverse and intersection computations. Be capable of performing horizontal and vertical traverse adjustments, area and quantity computations, and horizontal and vertical curve computations.

4. Control Points: Horizontal & Vertical (F=8, 0=8)

Know when to use, how to obtain, how to interpret control point records and data sheets, as well as locate points in the field.

5. Field Operations (F=30, 0=8)

Have a knowledge of a wide variety of surveying field operation methods including but not limited to; traversing; triangulation; trilateration; observation of the Sun and Polaris for True North determination; repeating observations and precision measurements using steel tapes and theodolites; construction layout methods and procedures. Know procedures for GPS surveys.

6. Field Notes (F=7, 0=7)

Know how to create, reduce, and check orderly field notes for standard surveying operations such as but not limited to: leveling, traversing, topographic mapping, construction layout, as-built surveys, boundary surveys, profile and cross section surveys.

7. Plan Reading & Preparation (F=8, 0=30)

Have a knowledge and understanding of plan reading and preparation (i.e. site plans, boundary plans, highway plans, profiles and cross sections, horizontal and vertical curves, pipeline plans, foundation plans, and developing existing and finish contours).

8. First Aid & Safety (F=11, 0=11)

Basic knowledge of treatment practices for a variety of medical emergencies. Have a general knowledge of traffic control and safety procedures for surveying and construction operations including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.

9. Principles of the Profession (F=7, 0=7)

Have a knowledge of ethics and the various technical standards of groups such as ALTA, NGS, NSPS, ACSM, BLM, and ACSE. Show responsibility in the profession (i.e. attire, honesty, respect for personal property) and awareness of related professional associations.

10. Office Operations (F=7, 0=30)

Using hand calculations or micro-computer software, be able to enter field data and produce positional information (i.e. leveling, traversing, as-built surveys, topographic mapping). Have a knowledge and familiarity with general applications of computer aided drafting (CAD). Have knowledge of microcomputer operating system and hardware peripherals.

11. Supervisory Skills (F=10, 0=10)

Have a basic knowledge and familiarity with: client contacts, dealing with the public and governmental agencies, field crew management, scheduling, equipment and supplies management. Have a knowledge of general company policies as they relate to field and office operations, office work flow procedures, and field and office problem solving techniques. Also have a knowledge of proper record keeping, time keeping, and job charges. Be able to coordinate and supervise field work, staking and stake marking for a variety of standard types for survey. Have a general familiarity with local and state land use regulations as they relate to lot site development.