Ambassador Spotlight ‘Jeremy Powell’

Introducing our Latest Brand Ambassador Jeremy Powell who is covering Midwest United States (Missouri/Kansas):
Where did you study? Linn State Technical College
Requirements to be a Surveyor in Missouri:
*Pass the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying Examination (FS) and the NCEES Principals of Land Surveying Examination (PS).
*Intern for a period of four years as an LSIT.
*Acquire the necessary professional field and office experience in land surveying under the immediate supervision of a professional land
How long have you been in the industry?
25 years
How did you get into surveying?
I learned AutoCAD in high school and attended Linn State to pursue a drafting degree. I discovered land surveying along the way when I was hired as a drafting technician.
Associations and organisations that you’d like to mention:
Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS)
Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS)
MSPS Young Surveyors Committee
MSPS Scholarship Committee
Kansas Society of Professional Surveyors (KSPS)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
National Institute for Construction Excellence (NICE)
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
Why are you volunteering?
Introducing the field of land surveying to the younger generation is crucial for ensuring the continuity of this dynamic profession. As many licensed professionals in the field are approaching retirement age, there is a growing need to inspire and educate the youth about the opportunities in land surveying. By raising awareness about this field early on, we can help cultivate the next generation of skilled surveyors who can continue the important work of mapping and measuring the Earth’s surface.

Educating kids about land surveying can open their eyes to the diverse career paths available within this field. From using advanced technology like drones and GPS equipment to working outdoors and collaborating with engineers and architects, land surveying offers a range of exciting opportunities. By highlighting the importance of accurate land measurements in construction, urban planning, environmental conservation, and more, we can inspire young minds to pursue licensure in land surveying and contribute to shaping the world around us.

Why is GKiS important?
Encouraging children to learn about land surveying not only broadens their horizons but also nurtures their problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities. Exposing them to the endless opportunities within the industry can ignite a passion for exploration and discovery. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, introducing kids to the latest trends and advancements in our industry can prepare them for a future where innovation and adaptability are key. By fostering an early interest in the field of land surveying, we empower the next generation to shape the future and make a positive impact on the world.
What are your plans as a Brand Ambassador?
I would like to mentor our youth as they explore careers in land surveying. Volunteering my time to demonstrate the equipment used in mapping highways, building bridges, and constructing buildings, would hopefully inspire the next generation of land surveyors. Introducing young minds to the practical applications of land surveying equipment to help them understand the importance of precision and accuracy in various construction projects.

I hope, by sharing my expertise and knowledge with youth to spark their interest in a field that is essential for infrastructure development and urban planning. Through hands-on demonstrations, I would like to show them how surveying techniques contribute to creating detailed maps, determining property boundaries, and ensuring the safe and efficient design of structures.

What are your hobbies?
Fishing, hiking, and spending time with my family.
Let’s hear your GKiS character ideas!
A Data Collecting Doberman!
Potential future GKiS resources:
More outreach to educators in the classroom and career fairs.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Trades have played a vital role in the development of civilizations throughout history, serving as the backbone of economic activity. While the focus on traditional trades may have diminished over time, the importance of skilled professions like land surveying remains constant, especially in the realm of infrastructure projects. Surveying is a critical trade that is indispensable from the inception to the completion of any infrastructure project.

Land surveyors play a crucial role in the planning, design, and execution of various construction projects by accurately mapping out the land, determining boundaries, and collecting essential data for decision-making processes. Our expertise ensures that construction projects are carried out efficiently, safely, and in compliance with regulations. Without the valuable contributions of land surveyors, the successful completion of infrastructure projects would be significantly impeded. Recognizing and valuing the trade of surveying is essential for the continued progress and prosperity of societies worldwide.