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University work-study program: Geodesy

The geodesy work-study program offers students the chance not only to acquire theoretical knowledge, but also to gain wide-ranging practical experience. The use of a broad range of measurement methods and the newest technologies has an important role in our training.

At Buck Surveying we also place a high priority on the development of young talent in the field of surveying. Therefore our trainees and apprentices acquire all the important fundamentals that they need for a perfect entry into professional life as a surveying engineer.

Your contact person for questions:

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

Geodesy university study – Success with work-study

In the field of surveying, practical application is the central focus. Therefore, we recommend a work-study program in which theoretical knowledge is joined together and enhanced with practical experience. A work-study program combines university study with professional training and prepares you ideally for coming professional challenges.

In the following, we provide an overview of what a geodesist or surveying engineer actually does, how a work-study program functions, and what the professional prospects are for students completing a work-study degree in geodesy.

Geodesists – What exactly do they do?

In surveying, surveying engineers – also called geodesists – are concerned with the surveying of buildings and properties and the processing of the information that is collected through these measurement activities. New technologies such as GPS, photogrammetry, 3D laser scanners and tachymeters are making surveying more precise than it has ever been before.

A surveying engineer works with cadastral surveying and construction surveying. Surveying engineers also measure land plots, for example, so as to set up so-called batter boards that mark out the exterior edges of a planned building foundation. The measurements of a geodesist are an important aspect of construction projects and are frequently specified in the building permit. Publicly appointed surveyors are even allowed to make boundary notes and modifications in the official cadastre. In this capacity, they play an important part in carrying out statutory functions in this area.

Geodesists also provide geoinformation and prepare digital terrain models or 3D models of buildings or machines. Surveying is also an important area in industrial production and provides critical information for quality control by detecting the most minute degrees of physical wear in machines. This makes it possible to take counter measures which ensure that quality is maintained in production. Surveying also plays a crucial role in reverse engineering, providing data that make it possible to produce individual components through processing in CAD programs.

The geodesist profession has changed significantly in recent years because of a growing need for highly precise surveying and the development of new technologies to do this. Most measurements are made with tachymeters, 3D scanners and digital levels. At Buck Surveying, we also make use of our measurement drones to produce precise aerial images. The collected data are then transferred into a CAD program for further processing. Despite the high technology aspects of the profession, the job as a surveying engineer offers a great mix of office work and outdoor activity.


The geodesy work-study program

The prerequisite for participation in a work-study program is a secondary school degree qualifying one for university study, the so-called “Abitur” in Germany. With this you can apply for a work-study program in geodesy.

The geodesy work-study program imparts in-depth and wide-ranging knowledge in the field of surveying – from the development of modern geographic information systems to engineering surveying and cadastral surveying.

In the bachelor’s program for geodesy, different modules are offered such as engineering mathematics, geosciences, programming of geodata, geodetic calculations, geodetic measurement technology, geographic information systems, cartography, engineering geodesy and geodetic methods of analysis.

A great benefit comes in combining theoretical knowledge and practical application. At university you become familiar with the theoretical background and procedures, which you then get the chance to put to use in real life. Not only do you gain experience with different measurement instruments, you also learn by means of direct experience which measurement methods are best suited for which types of work. In this way a work-study program in surveying gives you an ideal preparation for entering the field in a professional capacity. Not only does this improve your prospects for finding a job, it also gives you the chance to check out different areas of surveying and decide for yourself which ones you find most interesting and exciting.

Are you wondering if a joint work-study program in geodesy might be the right thing for you? If you are really interested in earth sciences and geography, then that’s a good first step. Geodesists also need to have a good basic understanding of technical and mathematical subjects, a strong spatial sense, and be able to process information quickly.


Geodesy career prospects

The geodesy work-study program is classified as one of the engineering sciences. It offers excellent professional prospects and with its combination of theory and practice gives students a great preparation for an upcoming career.  Graduates of a work-study program in surveying can find jobs in engineering offices and surveying offices as well as at construction companies, aircraft and automobile manufacturers and also manufacturers of measurement systems and analysis systems. Land surveying, construction surveying, machine measurement, hydrography or cartography – for geodesists there is a multitude of areas where their skills can be put to use, whether on land or on the sea.

Currently there is also a shortage of graduates in geodesy and geoinformation. New specialists are urgently needed in the field. Therefore, those interested in a work-study program will not only find a large number of training places but also good opportunities when they finish their training. Whether in business, the sciences or in administrative positions, graduates have great opportunities in Germany and also internationally because surveying engineers are needed everywhere – wherever exact measurements and dimensions are required. Jobs in geodesy also offer lots of variety and great diversity.


Work-study at Buck Surveying

We offer aspiring geodesists a comprehensive view into the whole field of geodesy. In addition to the consulting that we do, our services include structural monitoring, issuing of certifications, cadastral surveying and engineering surveying. This means that we perform deformation monitoring and settlement measurements, we take care of cadastral support for replotting land assembly processes, we prepare digitized measured drawings and as-is building measurements, and also offer comprehensive services in the area of inclinometer measurements, aerial surveying and building marking-out.

Our technical equipment is state-of-the-art and will open up the whole field of surveying and measurement to you.  You’ll be able to find out which measurement devices and which methods are most suitable for different types of projects and how you can process the various data that are collected with these devices. You can perform large-scale surveying or also miniature measurements and prepare terrific 3D models. Our aim is to make you an expert in the whole field of geodesy.

With us, work-study students of surveying can gain practical experience and enhance the theoretical knowledge from the university by putting it to use in real-life situations.  We place a high priority on development of new specialists in the field. Therefore, we are always pleased to get new apprentices and work-study students who also have discovered a passion for the field of surveying. Apply now and become a part of growing team of surveying engineers and surveying technicians.

Writing your bachelor’s thesis in a company setting gives you a final chance to gain practical experience in connection with your university study. During your internship with us you will get extensive insights into the work of our surveying office. In addition, we make an advisor from the company available to you throughout the time that you’re working on your thesis.

Writing your bachelor’s thesis in a company setting gives you a final chance to gain practical experience in connection with your university study. During your internship with us you will get extensive insights into the work of our surveying office. In addition, we make an advisor from the company available to you throughout the time that you’re working on your thesis.

Your contact person for questions:

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

Writing your bachelor’s thesis in a surveying company

Most German universities offer their students in the field of geodesy the possibility of writing their bachelor’s thesis in a company. This has the advantage for these students that they don’t have to rely solely on theoretical knowledge from books but rather can have experienced surveying engineers at their side to give advice and answer questions.

But some geodesy students feel impeded by the unclear information on these possibilities and decide to forgo the possibility of working together with a company on their thesis. Here you can receive information on the benefits of doing your bachelor’s thesis in a surveying office and what you should have in mind when you do.


The benefits of doing your bachelor’s thesis in a company

If you’re planning your bachelor’s or master’s thesis in the field of surveying, then you’re in exactly the right place here. At Buck Surveying we will give you an in-depth view into our work so that you can gather valuable experience to help prepare you for your start in working life. We will support you during the writing of your thesis and make ourselves available with advice and practical assistance. In our company you will also have access to important resources, programs and data which can be key in producing your bachelor’s thesis.

Surveying is a very practically oriented profession. Therefore it makes sense to get sufficient practical experience in the field before completing your studies. This also helps to illuminate the subject of your thesis from all perspectives so as to achieve the most objective result possible. Writing your bachelor’s thesis in a company also makes a great impression in your CV because it shows that you already have real professional experience and aren’t shy about confronting new challenges.


Writing your bachelor’s thesis in a surveying office – What you should watch out for

As already mentioned, universities often are not so clear about the possibility of writing a bachelor’s thesis in a company setting. Before you apply to write your thesis with us, you should check whether it is permitted to write your thesis at a company and when you need to notify your department about this. Also keep in mind that it may take several weeks from the time of your application until we can confirm an internship place for you. Therefore, you need to get all the necessary information at an early date.

When you write a final thesis on an external basis, you have two thesis advisors – one from your university and one from the surveying office. This can offer benefits, but it is important to remember that the two advisors may very well have different focal points for your thesis, and you will need to take care of both these sides of your subject. Maintaining good communication with your university advisor and with your advisor in the surveying office is the key to handling this successfully.

With us you can look forward to a wide spectrum of interesting activities. Our services include structural monitoring, cadastral surveying, engineering surveying, comprehensive consulting and the issuance of certifications. On this basis, we can provide you with a well-rounded view into the work of experienced surveying engineers.

If you are interested in an internship in the field of surveying and would like to write your bachelor’s thesis in a company, then send us your application. We are looking forward to the chance to support you in working on an exciting subject for your bachelor’s thesis.

Your contact person for questions:

Carina Valastro-Luckei

Telephone: 0561-983-982-37