Students Learn About Career As Land Surveyor
Professional Surveyor Roy Haught spoke to students at St. Mary’s Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute about his career in land surveying on Nov. 14. Haught was invited by MOVTI occupational draft teacher Sandi Archer. He is the county surveyor of Tyler County and is the owner and founder of Corner 2 Corner Land Surveying.
Haught explained to students that there is a great need for the profession of surveyors and the many different aspects of the job such as drafting and mapping. Students learned about the rich history of the career field. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln were surveyors.
Haught explained the basic concepts and practices of surveying hoping to spark interest in the next generation.
59 years-old is the average age of a land surveyor. There are only 14 percent of land surveyors under the age of 35. Statistically there will be fewer surveyors which ensures job security and higher wages.
The National Society of Professional Surveyors recommend high school and college students interested in surveying to take courses in algebra, trigonometry, drafting, geography and computer science.
Haught suggest spending a summer working on a survey crew to determine if surveying is the right career choice. This doesn’t require a degree or experience.
There is also the certified surveying technician program. Recognized by the US Department of Labor within it’s National Apprenticeship Program. The CST board administers the program to gauge technical capabilities and general knowledge of workplace safety and procedures. There are four levels of certification with two primary tracks of field and office.
Haught recommends the CST program if you want to test the waters before getting a bachelors degree.
“We as the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors must be doing our part, even if it means taking time out of our schedules, to educate the next generation on the value and joy the of surveying brings to the table. I truly take great pride in serving others, whether it be through my faith, my profession or my company. Take time to teach. Someone will be listening,” said Haught.