To continue our celebration of surveyors during National Surveyors Week, EBA’s Ronnie Harris answers our 10 questions about working in the field and his job as a survey crew chief and instrument operator.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Baltimore City, Maryland.
What do you do for EBA?
I am a survey crew chief and instrument operator.
What inspired you to pursue a career in surveying?
Honestly, I needed a job, and I saw surveying as a promising career field.
How long have you worked in the field? What’s the biggest change in the practice of surveying you have seen since you started?
I have worked in the field for 6 years. The biggest change is the difference in technology, even in just 6 years.
What’s the most interesting project you have worked on?
The most interesting project I have worked on is the Anacostia River Tunnel project. The amount of construction that was completed underground (approximately 100 feet) on this massive tunnel was really a feat.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite part is the people I work with.
What is one thing the public doesn’t know about surveying that they should?
Some people assume that we are only taking pictures of an area. They don’t realize that we are actually making a map for future construction.
When you aren’t at work, what are you most likely doing?
Working out at the gym and playing sports.
Why is surveying a good career choice?
I enjoyed learning trigonometry, and the pay is good. (I do hate working outside when the weather is bad, though, especially this winter!)
What advice do you have for the next generation of future surveyors?
If you apply yourself in school, you can make a good career in surveying.