Steve S. Parker
States Licensed in: South Carolina
Firm: Parker Land Surveying, LLC
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME A SURVEYOR?
I had lost my job as a construction materials estimator and was given an opportunity to chop line, make copies, organize the file room, make deliveries, or whatever needed to be done, pretty much what I do now as an owner. Through the Army College Fund, The GI Bill, and support from my new employer, I went back to school for a Civil Engineering Technology Degree, which provided the hours required to become eligible for licensure. Ironically, my background as an infantry soldier, anti tank gunner and mortar gunner, prepared me to excel as an survey instrument operator as there are sights and level bubbles, deflection angles and elevations, land navigation etc….
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
Being able to help support others who are trying to better themselves, become licensed and support their families; giving back to the community.
WHAT IS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS YOU HAVE SEEN WHILE IN THE FIELD?
Once found a Megalodon Shark’s Tooth about the size of my hand about 2 miles from the nearest river and about 30 miles from the coast.
WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO OTHERS WISHING TO JOIN THIS PROFESSION?
Don’t cut corners, pay the upfront price, you’ll sleep better and have fewer claims!