Rob McMillan Bio

Rob McMillan started surveying in 1985 for the City of Escondido, California.  In 1988 he went to work in the Engineering Department office of the City of Encinitas, California.  Rob joined the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 11 in 1990, working initially in Field Surveys and later in the Surveys Office.  In 2006 he promoted to Caltrans HQ as Chief of Surveys Standards, switched to Chief of Training in 2011, Acted as Chief of Land Surveys for 5 months in 2012, running the “corporate office” and bringing mobile terrestrial laser scanning to Caltrans.  In 2013, Rob transferred to District 4 to shepherd a couple of major projects.  He returned to HQ in 2014 as Chief of Surveys Coordination working on Program Project Management and supervising the Office of Land Surveys rank and file staff.  Rob transferred back to San Diego in 2016 to help care for his dad, supervising the Construction Notes branch of the Survey Office and later the Right of Way Surveys branch.  During the early part of these past 35 years, he also worked for private firms in the field on weekends when their business was booming, and once he became licensed, he ran his own small business helping land surveyor friends in the private sector with their workload peaks.  Rob serves the California Land Surveyors Association (CLSA) as the 2020 President-elect, having held Secretary and Treasurer offices the preceding two years.  Rob has served as Sacramento Chapter President, Vice-President, Secretary and Director, as well as CLSA’s Education Committee Chairman, Western Federation of Professional Surveyors (WFPS) Delegate, Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists liaison, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Participating Organizations Liaison Council (POLC) liaison, and CLSA Education Foundation Director.

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