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Careers in Surveying

Some graduates of the Surveying School have moved into scientific research while others have chosen to travel the world, undertaking:

  • seismic surveys
  • defining oil exploration areas
  • aligning tunnels
  • mining
  • hydrographic surveying
  • setting out high rise buildings or other major engineering structures
  • general survey practice/cadastral jobs.

Others have become involved in defining international boundaries for the United Nations. In time, many end up as consultants running their own businesses.

The challenges are many and the work is rarely boring. It is this variety and diversity that helps make surveying such an enjoyable profession. The personal profiles below will give you an idea of the scope of the profession.

Meet some of our graduates

Aaron Jordan in Antractica_cropAaron Jordan

BSurv (Hons) 2003, MSurv 2005

Aaron graduated with honours from the University of Otago’s School of Surveying in 2002 and was immediately employed by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).
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Abbey Huwes

BSurv 1998

Abbey Huwes graduated with a BSurv degree in 1998 and commenced work for Clark Fortune McDonald & Associated, (CFM) in Queenstown, who are a multi disciplined survey firm.
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Anna Leslie_cropAnna Leslie

BSurv (Credit) 1998

Anna decided in the early stages of her BSurv Degree that she was interested in marine/hydrographic surveying. On completing her degree, she secured a position with Schlumberger Oilfield Services as a ship’s ‘Positioning Engineer’.
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Claire Foote_cropClaire Foote

BSurv (Credit) 2006

Claire’s comments as a 1st professional year student, on what she thinks of her choice to undertake the BSuv.
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Emma Bullock

BSurv(Hons) 2002 Emma Bullock

During my degree I worked with MWH as summer hire, as part of SURV499 vacation employment. This allowed me to confirm that I had made the right career choice as well as gain the practical days required to Graduate. I have now been working with MWH in the Wanganui office as a Graduate for three years.
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Hamish McKinlay_cropHamish McKinlay

BSurv 2001

After completing a Bachelor of Surveying degree in 2002 Hamish was hired as a surveyor for an international oil company.
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Claire Buxton

BSurv (Credit) 2012

Claire currently works for Beca in Wellington as a Licenced Cadastral Surveying, a role that sees her working on a variety of projects.

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Jonathan Davis_cropJonathan Davis

BSurv (Hons) 2000

Though Jonathan started out testing field and office software used by surveyors and engineers, he's more involved with product management and marketing these days, but he tries his best to maintain a good technical contact with the projects he is involved in. Jonathan believes the Surveying degree at Otago "is so broad you can do anything”.
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Josie Fitzgerald

BSurv (Credit) 1996

Josie reflects on Surveying – An article reproduced from Survey Quarterly, Issue 25, 2001.
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Justin Poole_cropJustin Poole

BAppSc (GISS) 2005

The BAppSc degree in Geographical Information Systems made perfect sense for Justin with his interest in computers, a passion for geography, and a desire to work in a field with practical and wide-ranging applications.
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Kurt Bowen_cropKurt Bowen

BSurv 1998

Interview of Kurt Bowen discussing his chosen career: Land Surveying.
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Rebecca Strang

BSurv (Hons) 2002

Interview of Rebecca Strang.
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Robert Rameka_cropRobert Rameka (Ngati Kahungunu, Tuhoe, Nga Puhi)

BSurv 2006

Robbie's teachers at Flaxmere High saw that he had ability in maths and physics and encouraged him to apply for the University of Otago's Bachelor of Surveying degree.
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Trent Gulliver

BSurv (Hons) 2005

Comments by Trent Gulliver - a Forth Year Honours student.
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Wendy Wickens_cropWendy Wickens

BSurv (Credit) 2004, MSurv 2007

Wendy completed a MSurv in 2007, having completed a BSurv in 2003. Her original qualification was a Bachelor of Engineering, completed in 1992.
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