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Surveyors Apprenticeship

What Is A Surveyor?
A surveyor is one who has the ability to use mathematics as a means to visualize objects, measure distances, sizes, and other abstract forms. They have to work with precision and accuracy because mistakes can be costly. Surveying is a cooperative process, therefore strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work, as parts of a team are important. Entry-level surveyors will learn and acquire leadership abilities that are important for party chiefs and other supervisory positions.


  • An applicant for the training program must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • An applicant must be in good health and physically able to perform all phases of the work.
  • An applicant must possess a current, valid driver’s license. This license is to remain current during the entire term of apprenticeship.

(Note: the qualification requirement are different for the southern counties than the northern counties, please go directly to the web sites for further information)

Our program is sponsored jointly by the Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors employers and the Operating Engineers Union. Once you have established your eligibility for health & Welfare you will be afforded excellent medical, dental and optical benefits, along with vacation pay and an excellent pension plan.

The term of apprenticeship requires eight (8) periods of training with 1000 work hours and 72 class hours in each period.

Application Process
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Contact information

Local program requirements may vary from area to area please contact individual programs for more information.

Southern California
Address Phone Email Web Site
9480 Utica Ave, Suite 604, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 243-7973
Northern California
Address Phone Email Web Site
1620 South Loop Road, Alameda, CA 94502 (510) 748-7413
(510)748-0200 (fax)