Build an Engineer's Level

These plans are for a level to be used in construction engineering projects.

Designed to be easier to operate and capable of taking more abuse than a transit, this engineer's level can be used for such outdoor jobs as landscaping, septic tank installation, drainage ditching, setting concrete forms or any task requiring level or grade sighting.

It can be made in one evening with hand tools. The instrument consists of two major parts: The sighting level tube or telescope to which level vial is attached, and the level bar.

It is supported by a camera tripod with or without a tilting head. The tilting head will enable the user to set up the instrument more easily but, on the other hand, detracts somewhat from the stability.

Engineer's Level Plans