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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. Information obtained by Surveyors can be used to design various types of public work projects as well as private construction projects. Surveyors may measure elevation and distance for preparation of topographic maps showing characteristics of the land surface, boundaries of tracts of land and prepare legal descriptions of property.


Length4 year program (8000 on the job hours)
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for worker and dependants,
pension, annuity, and vacation immediately
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduate, GED or equivalent
Physical requirementsMust be able to perform physical tasks
and activities related to trade
Additional requirementsValid and current California Driver License
read, write & speak English language in order to
comprehend instructions on the job and in related
training classes; legally employable in United States.
Written or oral entry examsMust score 80% on entrance exam, pass
an oral interview and attend a mandatory
boot camp.
Subjects studied by ApprenticesSurveying


Contact: Northern California Surveyors Joint Apprenticeship Committee (NCSJAC) Locations throughout Northern California Joan Thornton.

Applications: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis and will hold your application until we open for orientation and testing Contact NCSJAC directly.

How do new apprentices get their first job? Applicants are placed on a list. When new apprentices are needed, applicants are taken from the top of the list.

Additional information: Covers the 46 counties of Northern California.