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Hydrographic Survey Technicians



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Hydrographic Survey Technicians


Hydrographic survey technicians employ a variety of tools and equipment, ranging from sonar systems to computers and peripherals, GPS, sampling equipment, and deck equipment to chart ocean waters, landforms and underwater features.

Other titles in this work field include:

  • assistant surveyor
  • cartographic aide
  • cartographic drafter
  • cartography/mapping technician
  • computer assisted design technician (cad technician)
  • drafting technician
  • editor, map
  • engineering assistant
  • engineering physical science technician
  • engineering technician
  • field crew chief
  • field engineering aide
  • field supervisor
  • geodetic computator
  • geology technician
  • geophysical operator
  • geophysical party chief
  • geophysical technician
  • gis analyst (geographic information systems analyst)
  • group leader, river and harbor soundings
  • helper, surveyor
  • imagery analyst
  • instrument man (i-man)
  • instrument operator
  • instrument person
  • land survey technician
  • land surveyor
  • levelman
  • map compiler
  • map drafter
  • marine surveyor
  • mosaicist
  • ocean technician
  • photogrammetric technician
  • physical science aide
  • physical science technician
  • physical scientist technician
  • stake driver
  • stake runner, surveying crew
  • stake setter
  • staker
  • stereo compiler
  • stereo map plotter operator
  • stereo plotter operator
  • supervisor, mapping
  • survey crew chief
  • survey crew member
  • survey manager
  • survey party chief
  • survey technician
  • survey worker, chain, rod, or ax
  • survey worker, land surveying
  • surveyor
  • surveyor assistant, instruments
  • surveyor, marine
  • technician, cartographic
  • technician, field map
  • technician, surveying



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