Technician Certifications and Experience, by Value
Interested in knowing people's stance on what kind of certifications / education / experience are deemed most valuable. If you're hiring someone, what would you place as far as level of importance?
I was required to be CST 2 OFFICE/FIELD to remain employed.
Hmm, interesting. So I had a poll attached to this which didn't show up:
- CST Level 1/2
- CST Level 3/4
- 2 year Degree in Surveying / Geomatics
- 4 year Degree in Surveying / Geomatics
- FAA Part 107
- GIS Cert
- Field Experience
- Office Experience
Any other ones below the PLS Level that I'm missing?
FWIW: I'm currently holding a 2 year degree with a CST 1 and FAA Part 107
You cannot be hired into our surveyor series without an LSIT (EIT acceptable) or 4-year degree from an ABET accredited surveying/geomatics program. We are a large government agency and have almost 300 licensed staff (PLS) and about the same number of LSITs.
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I place the highest value on an applicant who has a clear path to licensure as a PLS. I don't care in the slightest whether their education comes from an ABET accredited university, a community college, or the newly available online degrees.
When I interview someone for a surveying position, I am trying to figure out if they are motivated to continue to learn, are they curious about life in general and surveying in particular. Although it's necessary at times, I don't want to hire the types of people who would be comfortable working only in the field or only in front of a screen.