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Surveyor - Construction / Building

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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€35k > 50 
Building Surveyor
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€35 - 50 
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Data Source(s):
Brightwater

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

A shortage of Construction surveyors and Quantity surveyors is identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2015.

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At a Glance... header image

Assesses the repairs and alterations needed to be made to all types of buildings and structures.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Inspect bridges, dams, highways, buildings, wiring, plumbing, electrical circuits, sewers, heating systems, or foundations during and after construction for structural quality, general safety, or conformance to specifications and codes.

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Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.

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Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.

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Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.

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Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.

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Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, or construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.

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Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.

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Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.

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Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, or specifications.

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Monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental regulations are not violated.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a building surveyor you need good communication skills and strong leadership qualities. You need to be able to think quickly and act logically with good organisational skills, determination and flexibility so that tasks are completed within required timescales. You also need numeric competence, design and technology and information technology skills. Experience of computer-aided design (CAD) is useful. You must enjoy technical work and you need to be thorough in your work.

Surveying courses in construction cover a wide range of technical skills in the area of science, technology and professional capability. Therefore, you should be interested in subjects such as science, maths, construction technology, law, business and information technology. The courses also place great emphasis on professional skills, including communication, leadership and dispute resolution.


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Go..Building Surveyor - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Go..Minerals Surveyor - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Society of Chartered Surveyors
  Address: 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 5500
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Architects and Surveyors Institute
  Address: 7 Woodbine Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
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Organisation: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  Address: RICS Contact Centre, Suveryor Court, Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JE, United Kingdom
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Organisation: Irish Institution of Surveyors
  Address: Eason & Son Ltd., 4th Floor, 40-42 Lower O'Connell St. Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 8720194
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