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UNS Energy Corporation Land Surveyor I, II or III in Tucson, Arizona

UNS Energy Corporation, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned electric and gas distribution utility in Canada. UNS Energy Corporation’s public utility subsidiaries, Tucson Electric Power Company, UNS Electric, Inc. and UNS Gas, Inc., provide electric and gas service to customers in southern and northern Arizona. For more information about UNS Energy Corporation, visit

Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 414,000 customers in Southern Arizona. Although our company has been in business for more than 120 years, we continue to look for innovative ways of providing value, comfort, convenience and security to our customers every day. We’re evaluating cutting-edge energy technologies, reshaping our energy portfolio and expanding our renewable power and energy-efficiency programs. While our line of work can be challenging, it can also be rewarding. Our team of dedicated professionals values engagement, enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration.

In return, TEP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes a 401k plan with a generous company match, a company-sponsored pension plan, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and much more.

We are currently seeking a talented individual for the position of Land Surveyor I, II or III. The successful candidate will perform Prepare drawings, specifications, descriptions and estimates pertaining to assigned projects. Operate and utilize a variety of Survey equipment, and computer and software applications for Survey duties. Serve as subject matter expert for all Land Surveying issues or projects. Perform land boundary, cartographic, topographic, photogrammetric (aerial) and geodetic surveys, prepares legal descriptions of property, easements and annexations of Company-related facilities for various Company departments including (but not limited to) Civil Engineering, Transmission Engineering, Land Resources, Design/Build, Public Improvement and Legal.

Position-Related Responsibilities

  • Coordinates plans and performs the land surveying fieldwork using time-efficient strategies, proper job safety and surveying procedure with “line-of-sight”, Static GPS and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK GPS) technology.
  • Develops designs and evaluates possible alternatives to meet both major and minor project requirements. The primary design responsibilities encompass developing and directing the goals, objectives, policies and work standards for the survey function.
  • Evaluates vendors, manufacturers, and equipment available to meet project specifications or technology implementation for survey instruments in conjunction with Procurement. Recommends and awards bids that optimize cost and reliability.
  • Develops detailed design specifications appropriate for the use in procurement activities for equipment, materials and service required for project completion.
  • Plans, organizes, assigns, manages, reviews and evaluates the work of technical support staff; trains staff in work procedures.
  • Performs calculations using survey-related computer software (COGO), solves field problems of a survey nature, and develops sketches, maps and plan & profile drawings using computer-aided drawing/drafting (CADD).
  • Requests, obtains, reviews, analyzes and evaluates record documents and field survey data for compatibility and completeness in accordance with the Arizona Boundary Survey Minimum Standards.
  • Prepares legal descriptions for Company property, rights-of-way, and easements. Resolves boundary disputes.
  • Performs construction staking and layout for designs created in Civil Engineering, Public Improvement and Design/Build
  • Reviews and directs the review of records of survey and legal descriptions for recordation purposes and assumes statutory responsibility for the preparation and maintenance of such records.
  • Provides information and interpretations related to survey and boundary determinations.
  • Prepares contract specifications and administers contracts.
  • Monitors and interprets changes in laws and regulations related to surveying activities and functions; evaluates their impact upon activities, and recommends policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Researches records to determine chain of title, verify legal ownership and rights of way.
  • Manage Contract Surveying groups.
  • Reviews, approves, directs, seals and processes a variety of maps, plans and related records; checks for compliance with applicable codes and regulations and recommends modifications as needed.
  • Develops and monitors work progress on project schedules to assure proper coordination of a project.
  • Recognizes what needs to be accomplished and communicates effectively to others.
  • Recognizes the technical needs of a drawing or project and acts on those needs.
  • Provides budgetary estimates of projects for departmental or interdepartmental incorporation into the Capital Budget.
  • Initiates job tasks (work orders) and tracks expenditures as may be required to complete Capital Budget project assignments.
  • Leads formal and informal meetings concerning assigned projects and is able to communicate effectively with all levels of personnel both in the office and field crews.
  • Assists with departmental and interdepartmental training.
  • Assigns, directs and reviews the work of employees associated with an assignment. Consults on problems of a technical nature encountered during various work assignments.
  • Reports to the section Engineering Supervisor and performs other assignments as requested.
  • This position may provide services to affiliates of the Company subject to the UNS Energy Code of Conduct and the related Policies and Procedures.

Land Surveyor I:

  • Assists with all the responsibilities noted above in the position-related responsibilities as per the directive of the Lead Surveyor.
  • Assists other Surveyors in the performance of survey fieldwork.

Land Surveyor II:

  • Assists with all the responsibilities noted above in the position-related responsibilities as per the directive of the Lead Surveyor
  • Assists other Surveyors in the performance of survey fieldwork.
  • Will have primary responsibility for any small projects.

Land Surveyor III:

  • Will be assigned as the project surveyor/party chief as per the directive of the Lead Surveyor
  • Will assist in the training of less experienced surveyors.
  • May have several projects assigned at the same time.
  • Will have primary responsibility for any small or large projects.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

(Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered)

Level I Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Must have basic skills in algebra, and geometry
  • Travel will be required, as necessary.

*Level II Minimum Qualifications *

  • Minimum qualifications of Surveyor I
  • Two (2) or more years of survey experience
  • Must be competent in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, survey drafting, mechanical drawing and standard computer skills.
  • Rudimentary level of skill in the use of AutoCAD and Survey COGO software

*Level III Minimum Qualifications *

  • Minimum qualifications of Surveyor II
  • Proficient in the use of “line-of-sight” and RTK GPS methods of field surveying.
  • Five (5) or more years’ experience on a survey crew or equivalent.
  • Must be advanced in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, surveying drafting, mechanical drawing and standard computer skills
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD and Survey COGO software.
  • Rudimentary skill in writing legal descriptions.
  • Demonstrated ability as a crew chief.
  • Has attained Arizona Registration as a Land Surveyor in Training (L.S.I.T.).

Company: Tucson Electric Power

Location: Tucson, AZ

Job Category: Engineering

Position Type: Unclassified