The main task of this research was improvement of precision of positioning drive, installed in a test rig for testing and calibration of the geodetic instruments at Institute of Geodesy of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. Replacement of a stepper motor and a microstepping controller design increased positioning accuracy up to 0.1. Vibrations and noise of the test rig were significantly reduced using an optimized control algorithm, where resonating step frequencies were bypassed. Time of scale rotation between measurements (every 30) reached less than 1.5 min. Methods for further precision improvement were evaluated and this research is currently in progress.