Instrument Operator

GCW, Inc.

Job Description

Job Title:          Instrument Operator
Department:    Land Survey
Reports To:       Field Survey Manager


Serves a primary purpose as part of the field survey team under the direction of the Party Chief. The Instrument Operator must know how to read construction plans, topographical maps, and final maps.

Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Operates survey instruments as directed by the Party Chief.
  • Ensures all survey materials and equipment are clean, charged, and in good working condition.
  • Ensures all survey materials and equipment are adequately stowed and loaded onto the survey truck each day.
  • Assists in the preparation and verification of mathematical calculations related to surveying and basic engineering.
  • Assists higher level technicians in project research, securing equipment, using safety techniques, performing the survey operation, handling the equipment, recording data, and other associated duties.
  • Assists in keeping neat and orderly field notes for standard surveying operations: leveling, traversing, topographic mapping, layout, as-built surveys, boundary surveys, profile, and cross-section surveys.
  • Assists with entry of field data and can produce positional information (i.e., leveling, traversing, topographic mapping) with either a hand-held calculator or micro-computer software.
  • Assists Party Chief and other team members as directed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Familiar with data collection techniques
  • Conventional field note taking skills
  • Ability to compute distances, bearings traverses, and elevations
  • Knowledge of the operation, checking and basic field adjustments on transits, total stations, data collectors, levels, compass, tribrachs, and tripods

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position does not have supervisory or oversight responsibilities.

Education and Experience Requirements

Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Post-secondary education at a community college, university, or vocational school is preferred. 2 years of experience as an Instrument Operator is preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Valid driver’s license and ability to drive company vehicles.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, stand, walk, crouch, bend, stoop, stretch, and lift.  Employee must have specific vision abilities to include close and distance vision, full color vision, and ability to adjust focus working with computer and business equipment.  Work may require moderate physical exertion with long periods of sitting or standing; lifting up to 30lbs.

*Please note this job description is designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  This job description is not intended to create or imply an employment contract; the employee/employer relationship remains at-will.