Survey Technician (Entry-Level) - Lake Oswego or Eugene

  • 14 Nov 2018 8:25 AM
    Message # 6904339
    PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Survey Technician, Entry-Level

    This position is located in either our Lake Oswego or Eugene office.


    The Survey Technician will perform office and field assignments involving the use of total stations,  data collectors, digital levels, GNSS receivers and Trimble Business Center; use knowledge and experience for route, topographic, construction and land development surveying; interact with teams from different disciplines throughout the company; utilize/maintain specialized survey equipment, and perform related technical tasks with regular review and direction from senior Survey Technicians/Project Surveyors; generate reports and provide project support services as directed. 

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Moderate to high level mastery of routine procedures under the direction of more senior Survey Technicians, Project Surveyors, and/or Survey Division Manager.
    • Perform surveys, gather data, analyze/interpret results, draft reports, maintain records, and carry out assignments with project team members.
    • Prepare survey project deliverables, per work assignment.
    • Communicate effectively with clients and other staff members.
    • Ensure survey instrumentation and field equipment is operated properly, maintained in good working condition and that routine maintenance is performed.
    • Practice health and safety awareness and self-protection at all times.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned

    Requirements/Minimum Qualifications


    This position requires a High School Diploma or an Associates of Science Degree, combined with 2 years’ experience.  A Bachelors' degree in surveying and/or engineering shall substitute for one years' worth of experience. 


    • Land Surveying Intern (LSI) preferred
    • Certified Survey Technician (CST) preferred

    Job Related Skills:

    • Demonstrates ability to draw conclusions from survey data.
    • Demonstrates ability to keep accurate and concise field notes.
    • Demonstrates skills applying procedures and techniques, including general scientific theories and engineering concepts and principles.
    • Fully proficient at adjusting surveying equipment.
    • Developing proficiency at coordinate geometry and trigonometry skills and ability to apply them to survey tasks.
    • Fully proficient oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Ability to manage one's own time effectively.
    • Excellent customer service, team interactions, coordination, and communication skills.
    • Interest and ability to learn new software and ability to work cooperatively in a professional team environment.
    • Developing proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites (Outlook, Word, Excel).
    • Developing proficiency with AutoCAD/Civil 3D and/or MicroStation/InRoads.
    • Fully proficient operating: GNSS receivers, data collectors, digital levels, total stations.  Operating Trimble Business Center experience preferred.
    • Must possess or be able to obtain an Oregon or Washington Driver's License within 6 months of employment.


    • Conducts routine to complex surveys independently under broad parameters developed with senior survey staff.
    • Interacts with clients, contractors, suppliers and teaming partners in a professional manner to resolve task related issues
    • Solves routine and complex logistical and technical problems.
    • Follows established procedures within scope of assignments outlined by a more experienced senior survey staff member.
    • Exercises independent judgment with broad direction and oversight from survey staff, and/or Survey Division Manager.
    • Accountable for technical performance on projects and for successful completion of assigned project tasks.
    • Will need approval for deviation from standard operating procedures.

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    This work is typically done in the field at project sites and there will be some work within an office environment. 

    Office Conditions:

    • Basic work shift will consist of 8 hour days with the likelihood of extended hours, and/or weekend work depending on project deliverables. Overtime work may be required based on project deadlines.

    Field Conditions:

    • Basic work shift will consist of 8 – 10 hour days with the likelihood of extended hours, and/or weekend work depending on project deliverables.
    • Ability to move, lift, pull, and push 30 - 50 lbs.
    • Outside exposure to all weather elements, extreme temperatures and hostile vegetation may be required.
    • Ability to last an 8 – 10 hour shift, enduring prolonged physical activity involving standing, climbing, walking, bending, reaching, lifting, pulling, and swinging.
    • Must have functional sense organs in order to communicate and observe effectively and safely in the field.
    • Strong balance and agility to occasionally climb ladders and/or crawl through small openings.
    • Out of town work and travel will be required for this position from time to time.
    • Overtime work will be required when traveling.

    To apply

    Please go to our website (, click on the careers section, and fill out the employment application.  This application is required and you will not be considered for this position without submitting the application.

    Please also include your cover letter, resume, and any transcripts that may be required for this position.

    OBEC Consulting Engineers is committed to being an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Persons with a Disability.  Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to protected veteran status and disability status.  We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, veteran status, disability status, or another other characteristic protected by law.

    Closing Date: January 4, 2018

    Last modified: 14 Nov 2018 8:26 AM | PLSO Office (Administrator)
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