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Old 08-30-2007, 07:24 PM   #1
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My buddy is really interested in moving here ever since his visit last year.
I've got a few questions about work during winter months, or lack of work. Do yall get another job in the winter? do yall still work in the winter? whats the deal lol
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:46 PM   #2
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My buddy is really interested in moving here ever since his visit last year.
I've got a few questions about work during winter months, or lack of work. Do yall get another job in the winter? do yall still work in the winter? whats the deal lol
Strangly enough, i know someone in the business. I will forward your questions and post up after the weekend.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:03 PM   #3
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awesome man. I appreciate it.
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Old 08-30-2007, 10:37 PM   #4
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Are they interested in going to Denali... need to confirm property lines for build out
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:30 AM   #5
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Ummm, from what I see, It's alot of planning for future jobs that goes on in the winter. Occasionally, some contractor will get antsy, and make some guys go out and shoot some lines, but as far as elevation goes, because of frost heaving, they can't work. There is a reason the summer is the "construction season" and it is so intense. The snow and cold also destroys equipment.
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:32 AM   #6
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so field crews find other jobs during the winter?
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:34 AM   #7
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or go to school, or work up north... WAYYY up north.
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:38 AM   #8
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or go to school, or work up north... WAYYY up north.
he doesnt wanna go back to school lol.. oh well his call
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:43 AM   #9
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There's always a restuarant job, lol.
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Old 08-31-2007, 05:17 AM   #10
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he could work at alyeska during the winters. meet all the snow bunnies.
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Old 08-31-2007, 05:54 AM   #11
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I work at Surveyors Exchange, I can talk to the guys at work in the surveying department (next Tuesday since I am taking Friday off though)

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Old 08-31-2007, 03:53 PM   #12
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I've seen you're wagon there before. It looks nice.
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We build $3 mil + in capital projects every winter.....
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:56 PM   #14
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any next step then.. what are some good surveying companies around anch?
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:34 AM   #15
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My buddy is really interested in moving here ever since his visit last year.
I've got a few questions about work during winter months, or lack of work. Do yall get another job in the winter? do yall still work in the winter? whats the deal lol
I work as a surveyor for the AK DOT and we always seem to have work in the winter. I know a lot of the local firms are pretty slow right now but I would be willing to answer a few questions.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:32 PM   #16
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I work as a surveyor for the AK DOT and we always seem to have work in the winter. I know a lot of the local firms are pretty slow right now but I would be willing to answer a few questions.
appreciate it man!

His main question is of course, pay.

He's an instrument man, has 4 years experince doing so. He's pretty good at what he does from what I hear. Is there any way you could guess what his approximate pay scale would be??
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Old 09-04-2007, 06:39 PM   #17
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So how much total experience does he have? Any chainman and educational experience? A rough pay range would be anywhere from $20-28 and hour depending on the company and the benefits can vary quite a bit also. There is usually a lot of overtime in the summers. Here at the DOT we do "field to finish" so computer skills come in handy. Also GPS is used up here a lot. I hope that answers some of his questions. Let me know if you have anymore.
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Old 09-04-2007, 06:48 PM   #18
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All he has for education is highschool. Sorry, but i dont know what chainman is.. But I'll ask him tonight if he's got any experience in that area. He's got the 4 years of Intrument, and a year of rod man? something like that.. He does a lot of GPS too, 9 out of 10 jobs he does includes GPS
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Old 09-04-2007, 06:55 PM   #19
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okay just asked him about chain, he said they don't ever use that method down in texas. He has never done it, but has heard about it before.
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So it sounds like he's worked mostly on a 2-man crew. I guess the next question would be what kind of surveys he's done. We mostly do Right of Way surveys here with the occasional design survey. I would find out what types of surveys he's done. Also, another thing to consider is most of the work is out of town in rural villages. There hasn't been a lot of jobs in town lately. I guess that would be something to consider. It's definitely not glamorous.
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:45 AM   #21
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So it sounds like he's worked mostly on a 2-man crew. I guess the next question would be what kind of surveys he's done. We mostly do Right of Way surveys here with the occasional design survey. I would find out what types of surveys he's done. Also, another thing to consider is most of the work is out of town in rural villages. There hasn't been a lot of jobs in town lately. I guess that would be something to consider. It's definitely not glamorous.
im not sure EXACTLY what he's done, i know he's done quite a bit tho.. ill ask him today sometime. and yes he does a 2 man crew, sometimes 3 depending on how big the job is.
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Here's a list of some of the bigger survey companies in town: DOWL Engineers, R&M Consultants, USKH Inc, TNH Inc, ASTS, Lounsbury Inc, CRW, HDR, and McClintock Land Associates. Most of these places have websites and he could apply online. If he's interested with the DOT he would have to join the Local 71 Union and wait for a callout. I hope that helps.
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Old 09-05-2007, 12:14 PM   #23
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awesome dude, i appreciate it.
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he said mostly boundry & approvments, topo's, residential and a few constructions.
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It sounds like the usual stuff. I think he would do fine up here if he could deal with the snow in the winter. There's nothing like doing a topo survey with 3 feet of snow on the ground and it's below zero outside.

There's a survey conference in February here in town that all the companies attend, and that would be a good place to network and find a job for the summer. Also UAA has job openings posted on their website under the School of Engineering page.
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