Chastain-Skillman is excited to celebrate National Surveyors Week 2022 by recognizing our talented & dedicated surveying staff. Each day during National Surveyors Week, we’ll highlight members of our team on social media and in our blog. Today we’re chatting with Sean Childs!

Sean Childs has been with the Chastain-Skillman team in Lakeland for over 13 years. With nearly 15 years in the surveying industry overall, Sean brings his extensive background of professional project experience to his job as an Assistant Project Manager/CAD Technician.

As an Assistant Project Manager/CAD Technician, Sean has developed his skills in countless areas of surveying, including Boundary Surveys, Topographic Surveys, Mortgage Surveys, G.P.S configurations, Construction Layout, and ALTA/ACSM Surveys. These skills aid him when working on and managing all types of projects, from airports to roadways.

During his time at Chastain-Skillman, Sean has provided surveying services for various clients, including many development companies, construction companies, city and county municipalities, mass land excavation companies, and more. He has also provided layouts for hundreds of projects around Central Florida, including some of the area’s largest construction sites.

To mark the second day of National Surveyors Week 2022, we talked to Sean about his experiences, fulfilling aspects of his job, and what some of his favorite projects have been over the course of his time in the industry.

Read more below:

Sean Childs

Describe your typical day: What do you do as soon as you get to the office? What takes up most of your time? What is your favorite part of the workday?

I check my emails and get with Project Managers about drafting needs. What takes up the most time depends on the size of the project, but all drafting projects take time to complete. My favorite part of the workday is listening to Project Managers discuss surveying.

What is the most challenging part of your job as a surveyor?

Keeping up with the workload when there are multiple projects going on at one time.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? What interested you in becoming a surveyor?

I wanted to be an over-the-road truck driver, but soon realized after doing that, it was not for me. I did not even know that surveying was a career. I was brought in by a friend and have been here ever since.

What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?

I believe all projects have their favorites, I can not just pick out one.

What is one of the most fulfilling aspects of your job as a surveyor?

Taking a bunch of random points collected in the field and creating a final drawing.

What is one thing you wish people knew about surveying?

It is not just about finding your property corner, it’s about tracing out the past and proving that is your corner.

It is not just about finding your property corner, its about tracing out the past and proving that is your corner.

– Sean Childs


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