In today’s Ambassador Spotlight, we discover a little more about our Brand Ambassador Phil Fedor from Arizona, USA.
How long have you been in the industry and why do you want to be involved in GKiS?
I am a registered/ licensed surveyor in the State of Arizona, USA. I earned my license in 2014. I am currently employed as a Survey Project Manager with Bowman Consulting Group in Tempe, AZ.
I earned an Associates of Applied Science degree (2 year degree) from the SUNY ESF Ranger School (official name, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, New York State Ranger School) in Wanakena, NY.
In Arizona, all that is required to gain licensure, is to gain experience and pass three exams. One needs to gain 4 years of verified experience (verified by a licensed professional in good standing), then pass a national Fundamentals of Surveying exam. Then, gain two more years of verified experience, pass a national Principles of Surveying exam, then pass the state specific exam.
I got into surveying after college. I went in to learn how to be a forester, more specifically a lumberjack. In school, they taught us elementary survey techniques. After school, there weren’t many forestry jobs available, so I applied for surveying positions. I’ve been surveying since July, 1991, the rest is history. Years later, my surveying professor became the school director and implemented a survey degree program. Now, students get an AAS in Forest Technology, or Land Surveying Technology.
Are you part of any associations or organisations you would like us to mention?
What are you going to do as an Ambassador for GKiS?
I want to remain a GKIS ambassador because I am passionate about the profession. I love to share the history of surveying and how it relates to American history. I love to evangelize about all the opportunities that exist within the profession to recruit new surveyors, no matter how young they are.
Kids need to know about the profession because it is not going away. It’s still necessary. As long as people try to establish and re-establish boundaries, the land surveyor will always be necessary.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, woodworking, and home improvement projects.
What poster or resource would you like to see next from GKiS?
I’d like to see a YouTube channel or similar dedicated to the cartoon ambassadors interacting to solve various problems, something along the lines of a Scooby-Doo episode.