Surveying enrolments down but graduates in demand

School of Surveying students (from left) Jeremy McCaffrey (20) and Eric Ko (21) work with a total...
School of Surveying students (from left) Jeremy McCaffrey (20) and Eric Ko (21) work with a total station at Mornington Park yesterday for their first day of practical work in their first 'professional' year of study. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Enrolments to study surveying at the University of Otago are lower than usual, but the rebuilding of Christchurch rebuild is keeping students' job prospects high.

University of Otago School of Surveying senior technical officer Alastair Neaves said 49 students were enrolled in the first of the three years of study at the only surveying school in New Zealand.

Enrolments at the school were down from the usual 60 despite ''huge demand'' for graduates, he said.

All graduates of the school found work and many were approached by employers with job offers before they had graduated, Mr Neaves said.

The students were revising levelling and the operation of a total station at Morning Park yesterday and today, and the class would be practising at Bayfield, Bathgate and Logan Parks tomorrow and Friday, he said.

Surveying student Jeremy McCaffrey, of Picton, said he was studying surveying because he liked working in the outdoors and because of the career prospects.

Surveying student Eric Ko, of Dunedin, said students in the third year had to finish 80 days of practical work and he was hopeful of working in the rebuilding of Christchurch.

- shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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