Survey Instrument Technician

At Halton Region, we treat everyone with respect, honesty, fairness and trust. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. Halton Region is committed to providing accommodation to individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.


If you are looking for a role where you can lead a team towards the delivery of municipal infrastructure projects for the residents of Halton, we want to hear from you. Over the next 10 years, the Region will be investing over $5 billion in transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure. We are committed to delivering high quality infrastructure for the residents, businesses and visitors to Halton Region, and are looking for dedicated, forward thinking and enthusiastic individuals to join our Public Works team!


Posting ID: 2757
Department: Public Works
Division: Engineering & Construction
Pay Range: $65,289- $87,059
Job Type: Permanent
Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week
Work Location: Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville 
Employee Group: OCT
Posting Date: January 31, 2024
Application Deadline: March 1, 2024



Job Summary

Reporting to the Supervisor of Technical & Design Services and working under the direction of a Survey Crew Chief, the incumbent will work in a crew of two or three. This position conducts survey measurements, calculations, data compilations, and establishes field reference points to assist Project Managers, consultants and contractors in the design and construction of Regional infrastructure projects. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with the Crew Chief to coordinate project activities.
  • Responsible in the collection of instrument data for municipal infrastructure projects.
  • Proficiency in the operation and adjustment of highly specialized survey equipment including total station, digital level, conventional levels and GPS equipment.
  • Gather and verify the accuracy of survey data and reports, including measurements, calculations, coding/annotations and documentation.
  • Provide technical expertise on survey instrumentation, software, documentation, and safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of new emerging survey hardware, technologies, methods and software applications.
  • Determining methods and procedures for establishing or reestablishing survey control.
  • Calculating heights, depths, relative positions and other characteristics of terrain and built features.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Computing geodetic measurements and interpreting survey data in order to determine positions, shapes and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.
  • Assessing and developing criteria for survey methods and procedures as well as for the use and application of survey instruments.
  • Skilled in mathematics to identify and solve problems with knowledge of arithmetic, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, statistics and their applications.
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in the production of construction drawings and technical specifications.
  • Awareness of Health and Safety and OTM Book 7 policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Ensuring that the public and all those impacted by survey activity are dealt with in a courteous and professional manner.

Skills & Qualifications


  • Diploma in Civil Engineering, Survey or Construction Technology.
  • 2 years of direct survey experience.
  • Certified or eligible for certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technologists and Technicians (OACETT).
  • Knowledge in survey theory, practice and skilled in the use of survey equipment.
  • Exceptional customer service, interpersonal skills, attention to detail and the ability to work in a team.


  • Working knowledge of Carlson 2022 software.
  • Prior municipal experience in survey, design or construction.

Working/ Employment Conditions

Working Conditions

  • The incumbent will be required to safely work in live traffic, on active construction sites, at rail crossings and at Regional plants.  Additional hazards may include working in various environmental conditions such as sun, heat, cold and noise.
  • Must be able to perform all the necessary physical tasks associated with the position including walking long distances, carrying equipment, moving maintenance manhole covers up to 100lbs, exposing features, clearing vegetation, pounding stakes and navigating varying terrain.
  • Flexibility in working hours may be required. Occasional overtime may be required in evenings or on weekends.


Employment Conditions

  • A valid G driver's license.
  • The incumbent will be required to drive a Regional vehicle.  A copy of their driver’s license and a driver’s abstract will be required no later than their first day of employment.  Additionally, the incumbent may be required to use their own transportation.
  • The successful candidate will be made an offer of employment on condition that the Regional Municipality of Halton receives a current (obtained within the past six (6) months), original and acceptable Criminal Records Check, by the first day of employment.

Important information about your application:

  • In accordance with requirements in Ontario Regulation 191/11 – Integrated Accessibility Standards and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Halton Region will accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process, please inform the Talent Acquisition representative of the nature of the accommodation(s) you require.  
  • Please submit your application online. We will accommodate individual needs for applicants with disabilities and others who are not able to apply online. If you experience any issues with submitting your application, please contact HR Access at 905-825-6000 extension 7700.   
  • Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date specified on the posting.
  • We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.
  • Personal information collected through the job application process will only be used for the purpose of determining qualifications for employment.
  • If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by email and/or phone. Please ensure the contact information provided on your resume is up to date and that you check your email and voicemail regularly.


Halton Region serves more than 624,000 residents throughout Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. We are committed to the delivery of high quality programs and services that make Halton a great place to live and work. We engage great people who contribute to meaningful work that makes a positive difference in our community. At Halton, you are encouraged to grow and succeed in your career and are recognized for your accomplishments and contributions. As an employee, you will be part of a progressive, service focused and award winning employer with a diverse and inclusive work environment.