Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction, Texas Sterling Construction Co., and J. Banicki Construction)

Survey Party Chief

1 month ago
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Under direction, coordinates the activities of a field survey party; performs the most technically complex paraprofessional field surveying duties to support Machine Control Paving, including profilographing, and construction staking and performs other duties as required on heavy highway projects. Is responsible for the effective performance, training, and safety of all members of a field survey party. Prepares project status reports and works to ensure plans adhere to contract specifications. Prepares portions of contract proposal estimates for one or more disciplines, including the determination of applicable project plans and specifications. Actively participates in and provides input for the evaluation of personnel involved with their projects. Must be willing to work solo, nights, weekends, and be willing to travel.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


**This position could have the new hire working on their own or overseeing a survey crew - the responsibilities could change depending on the assignment.**

  • Acts as party chief for a field survey crew engaged in making plane and/or geodetic surveys for construction, topographic, right-of-way, and control survey projects.
  • Participates in pre-survey planning meetings with project managers, resident engineers, and contractor representatives.
  • Assigns and monitors work, and provides input for evaluation of members of field survey crew.
  • Instructs and trains survey crew in survey and mapping methods, use of equipment, and field safety procedures.
  • Gathers field survey data through use of conventional and Global Positioning System (GPS) methods.
  • Sets up, adjusts, and operates surveying equipment, including electronic total station, data collector, and GPS equipment, in order to measure distances, elevations, and angles.
  • Prepares field notes and drawings; and performs field surveying for roadway, bridges, and flood control projects, including installing surveying construction stakes, tying out existing intersection ties, and locating or establishing vertical and horizontal control, right of way, monuments, corners, boundaries, and property lines.
  • Performs complex surveying calculations using engineering calculator, laptop computer, personal computer, and graphics and coordinate geometry (Cogo) software, such as AutoCad-Softdesk.
  • Prepares finished grade sheets, topographic maps, records of survey, corner records, and other survey reports.
  • Researches existing record information, including record maps, plans, deeds, easements, and right-of-way documents
  • Maintains field data records, survey project files, and indexing systems.
  • May perform mapping compliance or other related office survey duties as a temporary assignment in order to satisfy the training/experience requirement for the Professional Land Surveyor's License.
  • Ensure compliance with contract specifications.
  • Represents Company in project meetings, client meetings, etc.
  • Proactively upholds all safety polices and standards.
  • Build, develop, and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the project.
  • Maintains strict adherence to Company policies and procedures.
  • Leads and directs the work of others.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as directed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • 2-3 years of paraprofessional survey construction experience, including at least one year of journey-level surveying experience               
  • Knowledge of field's concepts, practices, and procedures associated with surveying.
  • Proven track record of relying on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Ability to read, (in English) analyze and respond to technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Strong survey skills with ability to prioritize and manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • MUST be willing to work solo, nights, weekends, and be willing to travel. 

Computer Skills               

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Trimble Business Center
  • Leica Survey Software






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