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Surveying technician apprenticeship (m/f)

Training to become a surveying technician

If you…

  • Have a good school-leaving certificate (“Realschule” or higher in the German system)
  • Have a knack for mathematics, physics and geography
  • Love to deal with technical devices
  • Have good manual skills
  • Have a talent for organization
  • Can work with precision and care
  • Would like to spend your working days outdoors as well as in the office

…then we should get to know each other! 

Your contact person for questions:

Carina Valastro-Luckei

Telephone: +49 (0)561/ -983 -982 -37

Email: c.valastro-luckei@buck-vermessung.de

What does a surveying technician do?

Surveying technicians are specialists for geodata processes with a focus on performing on-site surveying. Because of this, their work is often done out of doors, for example for determining new land plots or land boundaries and for doing construction-related surveys and measurements. Survey technicians work with the geodata obtained from these measurements on the computer, in plans, maps and to prepare or update cadastres. Survey technicians make use of state-of-the-art measurement instruments such as electronic tachymeters, satellite measurement methods (GPS) and laser scanners.

Length of the apprenticeship: 3 years

Start date: 1 August 2020

Job description as PDF-Datei

Why with Buck Surveying?

As different as we all may be at Buck, our 40 employees have one thing in common: A passion for our profession! A combination of more than 30 years of experience in the surveying field with the latest technology and a modern working environment can be experienced every day at Buck Surveying. We are looking forward to sharing our know-how with you.

Buck Surveying – Training to become a surveying technician (m/f)

Higher, longer, further – Survey technicians have important responsibilities in determining the details for land plots and building sites with millimeter precision.

In our surveying office at Buck Surveying, you have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship as a surveying technician.

 

After school: An apprenticeship?

Would you like to get started with job training after completing school, earn money and quickly start gaining real practical experience? Then an apprenticeship is the right thing for you! In our surveying office, we pay a fair apprenticeship salary so that nothing stands in the way of beginning your own independent life.

An apprenticeship will also promote your personal development. Working together with colleagues, superiors and other apprentices you’ll experience a collegial and team-oriented environment. During your apprenticeship you also have the possibility to get additional further training if you are interested.

After completing the apprenticeship you can still decide to pursue university studies as a surveying engineer as well as other training options. Flexible career advancement opportunities are always possible.

 

Apprenticeship and training at Buck Surveying

Our 35 employees at Buck Surveying will be supporting your apprenticeship in every respect. Many of them – just like you – got started at Buck after finishing school and have stayed on at the company. Therefore, we know what it takes to make a good apprenticeship program for surveying technicians. With a solid performance and good motivation, the chances are very good to be taken on at the company with a long-term position.

You’ll be joining a company with the most modern technical equipment – whether it’s laser scanners, drones or the latest software. You will not be spending the whole day in the office at a desk, nor will you only be outside facing the elements. Despite this, you shouldn’t let rain and snow deter you. Your main responsibility will be supporting the builders of residential homes, company properties and major projects with their construction activities. In doing this, you will be working with our highly trained specialists and you’ll get lots of training and guidance from them.

In addition to the surveying work outside, you will also be operating technical software programs at your workplace in the office. To visualize the data obtained through surveying, you will learn how to transfer geodata with the help of a computer onto plans, maps and cadastres. As a surveying technician you certainly will not have a boring time on the job, because no workday, project or construction project is like another.

 

What is a surveying technician?

The job title “surveying technician” refers to specialists who are responsible for geodata processes. This does not only involve precise on-site surveying, but also the visualization of these data in maps and plans. With the help of special programs, surveying technicians analyze the surveyed data in the computer and put these data into various visual forms. In this way changes in maps and cadastres can be compared and monitored.

Surveying technicians take on tasks in connection with construction surveying, boundary determinations or the specification of new land plots. Surveying technicians are also needed in the construction of streets and transportation systems.

The surveying technician profession definitely has a future! Without precise and expert surveying work, buildings cannot be constructed, streets cannot be rebuilt and maps or plans cannot be properly prepared.

Training to become a surveying technician

In the apprenticeship program for surveying technicians you learn all the different aspects of surveying in a collegial team. The activities of the surveying technician are very diverse and each working day is full of variety.

The surveying technician is not only an expert with the measuring tape. Surveying technicians also are well versed in research work and in mathematics. Before any new survey is conducted, previous survey results need to be located, which are then reviewed and updated by our surveying crew.  Precision, spatial thinking and concentration are important in this work.

Among the main duties of surveying technicians during the apprenticeship are surveying for subdivisions to create new land plots, boundary determinations of already existing properties, building measurements and the visualization of spatial data.  With the help of our surveying engineers, you will also take part in the construction and engineering surveying done for civil engineering projects. Especially for work with streets, bridges and tunnels, absolutely precise surveying and measurements are essential. This is also true for work with dams, land fill sites or natural deformations. The long and short of it: Your work will be wide-ranging and full of variety. You can look forward to exciting projects.

It would not be called “surveying technology” if it wasn’t a highly technical field. Where one earlier worked with a prismatic square, a cross staff and leveling staff, today one uses GPS, lasers and satellites. In your training, you come into contact with all kinds of different technical devices and learn how to handle robots, lasers and drones with confidence.

Prerequisites for the training are at least a secondary school degree, a good knowledge of mathematics, good technical understanding and a readiness to work in a team. An enjoyment of outdoor work, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work independently are further features of your qualification profile.

Structure of the apprenticeship program for surveying technology

If you have a knack for mathematics, physics and geography and enjoy dealing with technical devices, then you’re just right with us. The apprenticeship program for surveying technicians lasts 3 years and starts each year on 1 August. During the apprenticeship there are days for theoretical training when you are not present in our office but instead are attending the vocational school. We always endeavor to integrate the theoretical material you are learning in school with the practical professional work you are doing with us and thus to simplify the academic part of the training. Theory and praxis thus will complement each other so that you can acquire the necessary knowledge to become a surveying technician.

At the beginning of the second year of the apprenticeship program there is a written interim exam in the vocational school. Of course, we provide you all the support we can for this test. Also for the final examination at the end of the third year, we take care to help with optimal preparation so that you can complete your training successfully.

After the completion of the surveying technician apprenticeship, various possibilities for further education are available to you. If you have completed the “(Fach-)Abitur” (secondary school qualification allowing for university study in Germany), you can do a further university course of study in the areas of surveying technology, engineering, cartography or geotechnology. In addition, there are numerous further training offerings which will keep you up to date with technical advances as well as scientific developments.  Depending on your interests and motivation, we will support every form of further training.

 

FAQ – Quick answers to common questions

Training to become a surveying technician (m/f)

  • 3 years, starting each year on 1 August
  • Theoretical part takes place in vocational school
  • Interim and final examinations
  • Praxis-oriented training in surveying office
  • Work outdoors and in the office
  • Surveying of land plots and construction projects
  • Visualization of surveying data on the latest software programs
  • Handling of various technical devices

Prerequisites

  • At least a secondary school degree
  • Manual dexterity, precision and care in work
  • Interest for mathematics, physics, engineering and geography
  • Good teamwork skills
  • Strong sense of responsibility

Possible further training 

  • Software training (AutoCAD, Geo8, GeoGraf, Geobüro)
  • Management seminars
  • Drone pilot license
  • Leica training programs

If you are interested in the apprenticeship program at Buck Surveying or have additional questions, contact us at +49 (0)561/983 982-0 or send your complete application materials by email to info@buck-vermessung.de. We look forward to hearing from you!

Your contact person for questions:

Carina Valastro-Luckei

Telephone: +49 (0)561/ -983 -982 -37

Email: c.valastro-luckei@buck-vermessung.de

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