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A Day in the Life of a Survey Technician at Barker Ryan Stewart: Scott Youl

At Barker Ryan Stewart, we are proud to have a highly motivated and passionate team that works together to create communities and deliver infrastructure.

In our ‘day in the life of’ blog series, we aim to showcase the work of our talented team and help you get to know the faces behind our projects a little bit better. This month we sat down with Scott, one of our Survey Technicians, to chat a bit more about the path that led him to becoming a Survey Technician and what have been the most enjoyable parts of his role.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what attracted you to becoming a Survey Technician?

I grew up in One Mile Beach, Port Stephens and have always spent my time outdoors either fishing, camping, hiking and putting the 4wd through its paces. I was offered a job as a Surveyors Assistant after finishing High School and enjoyed the kind of work Surveyors did. Being out and about in so many places seemed like an attractive workplace, so after 12 months of working as an assistant I decided to pursue surveying as a career and started studying my diploma at TAFE.

What does a typical day in your working life look like?

A typical day in my working life varies from being in the office setting up and reducing data, to driving hundreds of kilometres to a new part of NSW and conducting fieldwork, to dodging stray bullets at the new workshops being built behind the shooting range at the Singleton Army Base.

What are some of the projects you have enjoyed working on the most at Barker Ryan Stewart?

Recently I have really enjoyed working on large scale rural road detail surveys. It can be challenging at times, but I enjoy being able to work with the team and think outside the box at how we can attack the job with various methods.

What do you like most about your role and working at Barker Ryan Stewart?

I like the team environment at BRS, someone is always at least a phone call away to answer any questions or to give me a hand.

What is something that surprised you about the role of a Survey Technician?

What has surprised me over the years is learning how much of an impact surveying has in construction and development.

What would be your advice to anyone looking to become a Survey Technician?

My advice for anyone who is looking into a career as a Survey Technician is that if you love being outside, enjoy problem solving and enjoy challenging yourself to go for it.

Want to get to know our team a bit better?

Check out our other ‘day in the life of’ blogs to learn more about our team.

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