What really is the role of a survey technician....
The problem for you is that this type of work does not add any time to you working and being in responsible charge. In ten years of this work you may be lucky to have 2 years of acceptable experience. It you are looking to take the PS exam you might want to consider working for less for a smaller survey firm that needs competent field crew. It cost me considerably in lower paychecks to get bonafide experience, but I am satisfied with what I got out of it. I actually gave up professional engineering opportunities to eventually make less money as a surveyor. My children were out of college, I went back to school, worked for less money and my wife did not object. She is now rewarded by getting occasional opportunities to work in the brier patch or collecting EP shots. Her only question is, "Am I wearing green or orange?"
Paul in PA, PE, PLS
PS, I doubt you want to wait till you are that old.
Only can add that it has been my experience that with multi disciplinary engineering-survey firms, the survey end of things tends to take a back seat to the engineering end and the surveyor’s offices seem to often be in the basement. I’ve seen entire survey staff from the LS down to the rodman pack up and leave en mass out of frustration with the way they’re treated by the engineer side. It was my policy when interviewing for a position to clarify up front if I would be receiving responsible charge as a PC. If not, my priority was over my eventual licensure over the pay. I worked for a number of years making just enough to get by while gaining responsible charge and learning from some of the best surveyors in the state when I could have made twice as much doing union construction staking. In the long run, that approach paid off, for me anyway. YMMV.
It you are looking to take the PS exam you might want to consider working for less for a smaller survey firm that needs competent field crew. It cost me considerably in lower paychecks to get bonafide experience
Can we all just pause a moment and reflect on the mind-bending fact that, in a time when real wages/benefits are stagnant and barely sufficient to support a living in the areas that really need solid up-and-coming surveyors the most...
...and as we continue to lament a lack of interest and a lack of qualified candidates for our field...
...we are counseling the next generation to make a choice between getting decent pay and learning the fundamental skills of our profession?
What kid coming out of school these days hears that and says "Yeah, that's the ticket!"
I'm not picking on you, Paul - this is a sentiment I hear regularly and it drives me nuts. When did we all decide that making a good living and getting professional development at work are mutually exclusive? Other professions manage it just fine.
you're so funny,,,,you thought the engineer was going to know how to use CAD to draft plans?
thermo and statics
Thermodynamics, Statics?, (and possibly Structural dynamics), LSIT no, EIT yes. 😉