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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3114

Class Designation: Civil Service

September 1998

Representation Unit: Engineers Association & Torrance Fiscal Employees Association


Survey Party Chief


Under direction, supervises the work of a field survey party making preliminary location, construction, property, topographic and other engineering surveys; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Survey Party Chief is a journey level class distinguished from other engineering classes in that the Survey Party Chief is primarily responsible for the field survey party. Incumbents work with only occasional instruction or assistance. Work is reviewed upon completion and for overall results. Work involves frequent interpretation of policies, procedures and guidelines and may involve the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives direction from an Associate Engineer.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.
  • Supervises a field survey party engaged in establishing property lines and line and grade for new streets and other public improvements
  • Makes topographic surveys and supervises a field survey party in staking out streets and grades.
  • Researches property records and writes legal descriptions.
  • Performs and checks calculations and keeps field notes and records; computes quantities.
  • Reviews plans and specifications related to surveying.
  • Ensures that the survey party observes departmental safety rules and regulations.
  • Makes detailed sketches to aid drafting personnel in preparation of plans and drawings.
  • Conducts land surveys to determine right of way lines, boundary lines, location of easements and encroachments.
  • Keeps abreast of current codes and regulations affecting City projects.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Attends division and department meetings as required.
  • Serves on various committees as appropriate.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Field survey methods, materials, instruments, equipment and procedures.
  • Construction methods, materials and equipment.
  • Principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  • Basic construction safety practices.
  • City codes and ordinances, rules and regulations affecting field survey operations.
  • General City operations.
  • Ability to
  • Keep and maintain accurate field survey records, make sketches and compile reports.
  • Make fair and impartial decisions.
  • Perform complex computations and measurements involving formulas and using advanced applications of algebra, trigonometry and geometry; interpret graphs.
  • Compile, analyze and apply engineering data.
  • Operate office and other equipment including a computer, radios, camera, air tester, measuring devices and surveying equipment, etc.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with City employees, other City departments, public officials, contractors, outside agencies and the public.
  • Read and understand technical reports, maps, drawings, specifications, plans, codes, etc.
  • Learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
  • License or Certificate

    Certification as a Licensed Land Surveyor or Licensed Surveyor in Training (LSIT) in the State of California or Civil Engineer authorized to practice land surveying is required. Must possess and maintain an appropriate, valid California driver's license.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Equivalent to graduation from high school preferably supplemented by vocational/college coursework related to this field and three years of experience utilizing survey instruments.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the ability to perform field work involving exertion of a moderate amount of physical effort to stoop, crouch and lift in the performance of duties; ability to work around traffic and construction sites in a safe manner; sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform skilled repetitive movements such as adjusting and operating surveying instruments, sketching, and using office equipment and supplies; ability to drive motor vehicles. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability. May be subject to uncomfortable working conditions including exposure to dust, noise, heat or cold and performing inspections in confined spaces.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification, supplemented by education or certification in Engineering and appropriate experience, may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Associate Engineer.