AECOM Land Survey Instrument Operator in Columbia, South Carolina

Requisition/Vacancy No. 156913BR

Position Title Land Survey Instrument Operator

Job Category Building Surveying

Business Line Oil + Gas

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - South Carolina

City Columbia

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line

Oil + Gas

We offer extensive global experience in upstream, midstream, downstream, marketing and distribution, and alternative energy segments serving the entire lifecycle of oil and gas company assets. Our expertise in providing the full range of mission-critical services is sought after by private-sector and national/state-owned oil and gas companies.

Job Summary

AECOM is actively seeking a highly motivated Survey Instrument Operator / Technician for immediate employment with our Columbia, SC Civil /Site Land Development Team! This group is growing rapidly and multiple positions are available at all levels. This is an unbeatable springboard opportunity into AECOM, where you will be able to learn from the best and plot a solid career one stake at a time! If you have any surveying experience or have taken surveying courses in school and have an interest in joining one of the world’s premier engineering and construction companies, we want to talk with you!

Under the direction of the Party Chief, your responsibilities in this role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjusts and operates surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, levels, GPS, electronic distance-measuring equipment and data collectors

  • Positions and holds vertical rods, or targets, that theodolite operators use for sighting to measure angles, distances and elevations

  • Lays out grids and determines horizontal and vertical controls

  • May record survey measurements and descriptive data using data collectors, notes, drawings, sketches and inked tracings

  • Searches for property irons and survey points

  • Compares survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data

  • Sets out and recovers stakes, marks and other monuments

Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Basic understanding of the equipment and technology for surveying activities

  • Ability to work in a physically demanding outdoor work environment subject to hot/cold temperatures and uneven terrain

  • Valid driver’s license required with acceptable driving record for local area travel

  • Qualified applicants who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment substance abuse test and background verification

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience on construction sites on large land development, industrial, commercial or retail projects would be a plus

  • Experience in boundary, topographic and asbuilt site surveys

  • Experience working with route surveys

  • Experience on construction sites on large land development, industrial, commercial or retail projects

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.

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