About This Career
Licensed Land Surveyors plan, direct and conduct legal surveys to establish the location of property boundaries, contours and other natural or human-made features, and prepare and maintain cross-sectional drawings, official plans, records and documents pertaining to these surveys. They use data generated from these surveys to calculate precise measurements relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.
Land Surveyors interact with engineers and architectural personnel and land-related professionals. They must be proficient at the use of field equipment such as total survey station, GPS/GNSS systems, Robotic Optical survey instruments or conventional theodolite instruments and other specialized systems such as aerial and satellite imagery collection and laser scanning. They are also required to use computationally intensive software for coordinate geometry, map creation, CAD systems, graphics or photo imaging software.
Education: Land Surveyors must have a degree in geomatics engineering or survey engineering. A college diploma in survey science or geomatics technology along with additional academic credits may be acceptable.
Employment: This occupation is employed in onshore environments in the oil and gas services and pipelines sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example job titles: Commissioned Land Surveyor, Legal Surveyor, Professional Land Surveyor, Property Surveyor, Licensed Land Surveyor
- Land Surveyor (ALS, SLS, P.Eng)
- Land Surveyor (articling)
- President of Survey/Geomatics company
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Forestry and logging
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Legal and Boundary Surveying
- Mining and quarrying
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Utilities, including renewable energy
Business and Operations Support
Oil and gas services
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary degree
- Successful completion of licensing exams and a 1-to 3-year articling period are required to attain a professional surveyor’s license.
- A federal or provincial land surveyor's license is required.
- Note: Federal statutes require a separate license from the Association of Canada Land Surveyors to survey areas such as national parks, Aboriginal lands, offshore areas and northern territories.