In Summary - Construction / Building
The Work - Construction / Building
All construction projects – including housing estates, office developments, airport terminals and national sports stadiums – take a lot of money and expertise to complete and maintain.
Surveyors specialise in one of the following areas of construction:
- Quantity Surveying
- Building Surveying
- Project Management
- Facilities Management
Surveyors provide value for money through the efficient cost management of construction process – their objective is to control cost, limit risk and add value to the project ensuring that the design and construction of a project delivers value to the client.
Surveyors often act as a project managers – appointed at the beginning of a project, they assist the client in developing the project brief and then selecting, appointing and co-ordinating the project team.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- 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.
- Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.
- Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
- Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
- Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.
- Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, or construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.
- Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.
- Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.
- Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, or specifications.
- Monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental regulations are not violated.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- 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.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- 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.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Interests - Construction / Building
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
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.
Entry Requirements - Construction / Building
To gain a professional recognition as a surveyor in Ireland you first need to complete a degree accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS) or Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Those with degree from other disciplines can still become a surveyor by taking an accredited property degree or postgraduate conversion course.
Candidates are advised to check individual institutions for course details.
The next step is to undertake a period of training in employment and complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This is a structured practical training programme, which takes about two years to complete in the workplace, so you will need to be prepared to combine work and study.
The training structure is based on a set of skills known as ‘competences’, which are a mix of technical and professional practice skills along with interpersonal, financial, business and management skills.
Upon successful completion of the APC, you apply to become a member of the SCSI and the RICS.
Status as a chartered surveyor will accelerate career progression and support self-employment in private practice. As this is a globally recognised professional qualification, it will also be recognised if you wish to work overseas.
Last Updated: August, 2016
Pay & Salary - Construction / Building
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 25k - 80k
The average national salary for a chartered surveyor is now €71,000, according to a pay survey by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.
Average salary for a property surveyor with up to five years' experience post-qualification is €34,700 for those working in estate agency and property management, excluding bonuses and benefits.
Dublin surveyors are the highest paid in the country, earning close to €78,000 on average.
Those in Munster and the rest of Leinster earn €62,000 on average, dropping in Ulster and Connacht to €53,000.
Last Updated: April, 2017
* 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.
Labour Market Updates - Construction / Building
Useful Contacts - Construction / Building
Construction Industry Federation
Society of Chartered Surveyors
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland