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Survey Instrument Operator
This position is: Full Time
Position Location: Louisiana/Texas
Survey Instrument Operator operates and maintains all survey equipment, works under the direction of the Survey Party Chief, directs loading and storage of equipment, maintains safety standards.

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Send these documents and your resume to Human Resources via fax,  email humanresources@mphinc.com or apply in person: 
283 Corporate Drive
Houma, LA 70360
Fax: (985) 876-9052

Purpose:  The Instrument man operates and maintains all survey equipment, work under the direction of the Party Chief, collects and downloads survey data, directs loading and storage of equipment and maintains safety standards.  The role of the Instrument man is to assist the Party Chief as directed.


Work Schedule: Nominal 10 hours per day; Monday through Saturday; Overtime may be required on short notice to attempt to meet project deadlines.



  • Assist the Party Chief as directed.

  • Should have at least (1) one year experience as a Rodman.

  • Understand procedures and operation of all surveying equipment, i.e. Static GPS, RTK, GPS, conventional total station, data collectors, levels, pipeline locator and magnetometer.

  • Ensure that all equipment is in proper working order.

  • Provide daily maintenance and security of equipment.

  • Report all damaged and defective equipment to appropriate Supervisor.

  • Supervise and assist with loading of equipment, boats, off-road vehicles and/or marsh master.

  • Mentor/train rodmen on proper survey procedures and operation of equipment.

  • Assist Party Chief as needed with daily operations including review of project related drawings.

  • Complete daily status forms prior to departure from office.

  • Participate and conduct JSA and BBS observations.

  • Adhere to MPH Safety Policy and Procedures.

  • Proper storage of equipment.

  • Monitor job area safety.

  • Preparation of field notes; understand how to write and read field notes and maps.

  • Pay attention to the access route to the job site in the event they have to drive out.

  • Assume responsibilities of party chief in his absence.



    Key Tasks:

  • Identify and follow all safe work procedures

  • Consult with Party Chief to identify equipment, materials, and supplies needed for projects

  • Consult with rodman to discuss project needs relative to equipment, materials, and supplies

  • Insure that rodman duties have been completed prior to mobilizing to project site

  • Identify safety requirements for project

  • Have knowledge of and be capable of operating all MPH survey instruments, including conventional total stations and GPS receivers and data collectors, levels, magnetometers, magnetic pipeline locators, etc.

  • Assist Party Chief with new employee training process including safe work practices, general surveying, and operation of surveying equipment

  • Clean and maintain all assigned MPH surveying equipment

  • Report all damaged and defective equipment to appropriate supervisor

  • Assume responsibilities of Party Chief in his absence



    Essential Qualifications:

  • Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.

  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. 

  • Regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

  • Must regularly lift and /or move up to 100 pounds

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.



    Work Conditions:

  • Regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, rugged terrain such as marsh, swamp, wooded areas, on boats, airboats, marsh/swamp buggies

  • Is frequently exposed to extreme cold and extreme heat

  • Work is often on waterways; employee should be able to swim

  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.

  • Participation in training sessions, presentations, and meetings.

  • Ability to concentrate and simultaneously adapt to changing priorities on a regular basis.



Instrument man works in a field environment.


Oversees Team (Current):




Ability to advance depends on competency in current position and availability of senior positions.

Requirements: Oil/gas experience preferred.


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