Austin (AJ) Maxwell Receives TAPS Student of the Year Award

Austin (AJ) maxwell Receives taps student of the year award

Tommy Young and TAPS Winner Austin (AJ) Maxwell

This year, Austin (AJ) Maxwell, a Survey Technician at L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS), received the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors (TAPS) Student of the Year Award. Maxwell received this award on March 4, 2022.

“AJ has been with us for several years. When he started out, he knew little about surveying. He has greatly progressed since then, and I am excited to see him advance further now that he’s with us on a full-time basis,” commented LIS Survey Manager and fellow TAPS member Tommy Young.

The award is presented to a student who has exceptional leadership roles and involvement in their land surveying programs at their university, local chapter and state organization. To qualify for nomination, a student must be a current member of TAPS and hold the following positive traits and attributes: attitude, cooperation and dedication, projecting a professional image, self-improvement, and enthusiasm.

The award is voted on by the Board of Directors in the fall meeting. Once the votes are in, the Executive Secretary will count them. Lori Medley, an independent contractor affiliated with TAPS, states, “It shall be the duty of the Executive Secretary to keep in silence the winner.” The award is presented at the TAPS annual luncheon, reception or banquet. Only two Student of the Year Awards have been given, each recognizing the student’s dedication to becoming a licensed surveyor and their participation in organizations in Tennessee.  

While Maxwell was earning his degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM), he was also a full-time worker for LIS. His nomination form, submitted anonymously by a UTM faculty member, stated, “He still manages to excel in both.”

 “I would like to thank my leadership at L.I. Smith for developing me over the past six years. Their guidance and patience have ensured my success at school and have given me a wonderful career to look forward to after graduation,” says Maxwell.

Maxwell graduated on May 7, 2022, with a degree in Agriculture Engineering Technology with a concentration in Land Surveying and Geomatics and a minor in Military Science. While Maxwell was attending the UTM, he was Vice President of the National Society of Professional Surveyors.

Maxwell received the Tennessee Surveying Education Foundation Scholarship in 2021 and was selected for the Tennessee Road Builders Association Scholarship in 2019. He is also a part of the Tennessee Army National Guard, a husband and a father of two.

Professional Land Surveyor (RLS)

Professional Land Surveyor (RLS)

L.I. Smith & Associates, Inc. (LIS) is seeking a motivated, experienced Professional Land Surveyor to join our Paris or Nashville office.

The Professional Land Surveyor will work closely with crew chiefs and their teams on a wide variety of projects. This position requires proficiency with the use of Carlson Survey software. Responsibilities include preparing accurate drawings, maps, charts, and other survey deliverables on schedule with minimal supervision.

The ideal candidate will have a basic understanding of related civil engineering work.


  • Coordinate, direct, and assist in leading team members in the completion of Boundary and Topographical Surveys, Route Surveys, ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Utility Surveys, and Constructional layout for public and private entities
  • Draft, design, and layout surveys in Carlson Survey software
  • Read and interpret deeds, plats, plans, and specifications
  • Perform record research including legal records, survey records, and land titles
  • Review and approve all survey field data and drawings to ensure they meet the state-specific minimum technical standards
  • Assist Survey Manager in developing and growing client base
  • Meet project schedule requirements and deadlines
  • Coordinate with clients and workforce to resolve project challenges and conflicts


  • License: Tennessee Professional Land Surveyor (RLS)
  • Working knowledge of Carlson Survey software applications
  • Skilled in the use of surveying instruments and software including Trimble Robotic and GNSS equipment
  • 2- 3 years of experience as LSIT
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record
  • Critical thinking skills with strong attention to detail, the ability to prioritize and plan ahead
  • Must be physically able to work outdoors in all terrain and weather conditions/lift a minimum of 50 lbs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 8-10 years of professional surveying experience

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary; Referral bonus
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits. LIS pays 65% of employee’s medical premiums
  • Company provided life insurance; Additional Life Insurance available for employee
  • Retirement plan with a 3% company match
  • Childcare stipend
  • Bi-weekly pay periods
  • 10 paid holidays; 80 hours of paid time off (PTO) received after the completion of 90-day probationary period
  • Support for industry training and certifications; Tuition reimbursement
  • Opportunity for advancement; Reviews conducted annually
  • Staff awards and recognition programs throughout the year
  • Fitness membership discount; Wellness program; Virtual medical visits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or contracted. 


About Us:

L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) is a full-service, integrative engineering and surveying company that provides services to the public and private sectors. Licensed in 12 states throughout the Central and Southeast regions, LIS has an experienced team that can provide multistate coverage for projects of all sizes in land development, infrastructure design, and surveying services. LIS is headquartered in Paris, Tenn., with a branch located in Nashville.

Please visit to find more information about our company and benefits.

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