Surveyor: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:51)
Dennis DiBlasio manages the land survey team creating topographic maps and establishing boundary lines.
Surveyor: Career Beginnings (00:56)
DiBlasio describes how he became an artillery surveyor for the U.S. Army. After serving he applied for a job at a local land surveying company.
Surveyor: Keys for Success (01:24)
Surveyors must understand math, enjoy the outdoors, and be in good physical condition. This profession works in rain, snow, and loud environments.
Surveyor: Education and Certification Requirements (01:51)
Many states are adopting a practice of only licensing those who completed a four-year degree in land surveying. Technology has changed since DiBlasio began. Surveyors must take biannual continuing education workshops and demonstrate proficiency to the board.
Surveyor: Workplace Atmosphere (02:26)
DiBlasio and his crew work in Times Square, center city Philadelphia, and remote regions. Most surveyors have a computer-aided drafting station in the office. Once fieldwork is completed, the information is brought into CAD operators.
Surveyor: Advice for Aspiring Pros (00:56)
Be honest and able to change. Technological advances since DiBlasio began surveying include drones, laser scanners, and GPS.
Surveyor: A Day on the Job (01:55)
There is no typical day to a field surveyor; plans change once crew reaches the site. Office people arrive at 7:30 am and create topographic maps and boundary surveys. Laser scanners allow teams to create three-dimensional models.
Surveyor: Industry Goals and Services (01:29)
Land surveyors are fact finders and cartographers. The American Land Title Association and the American Congress of Land Surveying and Mapping possess a set of standards. Every state and some local provinces also have requirements.
Surveyor: Industry Challenges (01:10)
The biggest challenge is recruiting youth because it is not a well-known profession. Clients may suggest alternative methodologies. Land surveyors are paid well, but will never become millionaires.
Surveyor: Looking at the Future (01:19)
Technology of today will be obsolete in ten years. DiBlasio is excited about the new talent that is emerging.
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