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Survey Field Team Leader (Transportation Engineer III)

By May 13, 2024

Maryland State Highway Administration

$60,801.00 – $101,897.00 Annually


Nature of Work:  This position directly supervises a Plats and Surveys Division (PSD) field survey team consisting of two to four Transportation Engineer Technicians and/or Transportation Engineers.  This team will use the various modern Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), electronic and computerized survey equipment, and conventional field surveying equipment and methods to perform the following:  establish survey control; field locate topographic features and changes in terrain for design transportation projects; compute construction baseline geometry; physically establish and monument baselines of construction and rights of way; compute and set baseline references; locate existing baseline references, boundary monuments and other evidence to re-establish existing and proposed rights of way;  and perform any other land surveying tasks as may be assigned. The information collected in the field is the foundation for the creation of Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) maps, right of way plats and engineering drawings to be used in the planning, design and construction of all transportation projects.   Once the CADD mapping is produced, this position may evaluate the field data collection surveys and the mapping produced for quality assurance, accuracy and implementation into PSD Geographic Information System (GIS) data sets.



Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two (2) years of experience in professional engineering.

Selective Qualification:  One (1) year experience in land surveying under the supervision of a surveyor in one or more of the following: (1) supervising a field crew performing topographic, boundary, right of way, and construction stake out surveys for transportation or land development projects or; (2) conducting Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) surveys and managing a survey team performing GNSS surveys or; (3) experience analyzing and adjusting control traverse data, processing field survey data in a MicroStation or AutoCAD platform, and creating electronic mapping products from the field data.

This statement contains a selective qualification, which is more focused in scope than the minimum qualifications for this classification.  Selective qualifications are utilized when the position requires specific or additional bona fide occupational qualifications (i.e., knowledge, skill, or ability).

Preferred Qualification:
The ideal candidate should have the following:

Experience working with: Various modern surveying equipment performing Static, Real Time Kinematic (RTK), and Post Processed kinematic (PPK) surveys; Post-processing software for static data; Various data collectors (TDS, Carlson, etc.) and their supporting software; Various total stations (Topcon, Trimble, Sokkia, Leica); Data collector programs typically used by the Plats and Surveys Division and Consultants (Carlson SurvCE and TDS Survey Pro) for SHA projects; Routine Field Programs (COGO or Coordinate Geometry, Corpscon, etc.); and differential leveling. Precise Leveling experience is also desired.
Proficiency in:   Accurate layout and adjustment of Horizontal and Vertical Control networks; Establishing traverse route and control point locations suitable for Topographic, Boundary, Construction and Baseline Stakeout surveys; Use of scientific calculators or computer software utilizing coordinate geometry functions to compute: Traverse Closure and adjustment, Simple, compound and reverse curve elements and deflections, inverse lengths and bearings, Coordinate computation and conversion, closed traverse area and closure error.
Equipment:  Responsible for: routine maintenance and periodic adjustment of all assigned survey equipment, both mechanical and electronic, inventory of all consumable field supplies and the proper use of all safety equipment for all site-specific hazards and conditions.  The ideal candidate will also be proficient with the various configurations necessary to perform the various types of surveys and know how to change the configurations in the equipment and software as needed.

1.  Additional work experience in professional engineering, or in technical engineering at the journey level or above, may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required education.
2.  Possession of a master’s degree in engineering may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
3.  Persons currently registered as Professional Engineers in the state of Maryland, or in a state with comparable requirements, are considered to have met the education requirements.

To apply for this job email your details to tcummings@mdot.maryland.gov

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