Surveying Technology Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 46.0

Term Effective: Spring 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Summer 2012

Previous Versions:

Civil & Surveying Tech: Land Surveying - effective Fall 1981


Surveying Technology Program "How does your future measure up?"
The Surveying Technology program prepares students for a variety of technical positions in the surveying and mapping professions. The program recommended course sequence is set up to allow the student to progress through four semesters and achieve a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate’s Degree. This program also prepares students to transfer to university to further their studies in surveying or geomatics.

A career in surveying?
In general, people who like surveying also like math—primarily geometry and trigonometry. The field attracts people with geology, forestry, history, engineering, computer science, and astronomy backgrounds, too. Surveying curriculum includes courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, computer aided drafting (CAD), geospatial technology (GIS), geography and computer science.

What is surveying?
Land surveying is crucial to responsible land development. Land surveyors work with engineers, architects and builders to produce precise descriptions (surveys and maps) of surface features of the Earth. Land surveyors perform a variety of vital tasks such as boundary surveys, topographic mapping and construction staking.

What do surveyors do?
Many people think that surveyors only conduct fieldwork. Surveyors can choose from many specialties and get involved at many stages of a project. Sometimes a surveyor may work in the field and then deliver the data to a surveyor who works in the office. The office-based surveyor analyzes the data, creates maps and other documents.

Today's Technology
Land surveyors need to be current with emerging technologies such as GPS (Global Positioning System), 3D laser scanning and digital photography. GPS is used for precise positioning of points anywhere on the earth that are used in a wide variety of mapping procedures. In general, the main function of a land surveyor is measuring and mapping the earth's surface through the use of current technologies and softwares.

Career Options
Land surveying is a career field in high demand throughout industry, government and the private sector. As a land surveyor you will provide services for planned communities, schools, shopping centers, highway projects and more.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job opportunities in the surveying field to grow steadily through 2014, and the areas of urban planning, architecture, construction, and disaster and emergency planning will be particularly strong.

The following is an example of the career path for the Surveying Technology Certificate: Note that some positions require licensing or certification by the state, not just a degree or certificate of completion.

Land Surveying Career Ladder

  • Principal Land Surveyor (Owner or Principal in company, Professional Land Surveyor License)
  • Land Surveying Coordinator/Manager (Supervisor, PLS License)
  • Associate Land Surveyor (Licensed Lead Person, PLS, Office or Field positions)
  • Assistant Land Surveyor (Lead Person, Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) Certificate, Office or Field positions)
  • Land Surveying Technician I, II, III (Certificate of Achievement from SRJC and experience, Office or Field positions)
  • Land Surveying Aide (Part time employees without certificate)

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Define and describe land surveying terminology, methods, procedures, standards and technology;
  2. perform mathematical, computer and statistical computations related to location, elevation, grade, distance, direction, area, and volume;
  3. communicate clearly and effectively in oral, written and graphic formats;
  4. prepare land surveying maps, plats, documents and drawings using computer-aided drafting and geographic information systems technology;
  5. operate terrestrial and global positioning surveying instruments for various types of surveys; and
  6. research, file, retrieve, analyze, locate and prepare descriptions of land, drawings, maps, plats, documents, records, reports and correspondence related to land surveying.

Surveying Technology Program Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

A certificate of achievement will be awarded upon fulfillment of 46 units of Surveying Technology Core & Emphasis Requirements. To receive an Associate’s Degree in Surveying Technology, an additional 16 units of general education is required in addition to the certificate requirements. Consult a counselor for courses required for an associate’s degree.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Surveying Technology program are:

  • Complete 46.0 units from
    • Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying Technology Core Requirements
    • Surveying Technology Emphasis Requirements

Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying Technology Core Requirements - complete 27.00 units
GIS 50Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
APTECH 45Basic Drafting Skills1.50
APTECH 46Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
CEST 51Civil Drafting Technology3.00
CEST 192Non-Technical Skills for the Civil Engineering Technician1.50
SURV 50Introduction to Plane Surveying4.00
SURV 51Plane Surveying Applications4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
APTECH 90AApplied Mathematics4.00
MATH 155Intermediate Algebra4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
APTECH 90BQuantitative Reasoning in Applied Technology4.00
MATH 27College Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
Surveying Technology Emphasis Requirements - complete 19.00 units
SURV 53Route Surveying & Design4.00
SURV 56Introduction to Global Positioning Systems3.00
SURV 57Advanced Global Positioning Systems3.00
SURV 58Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Determination3.00
SURV 59Boundary Control & Legal Principles3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CEST 63Subdivision Planning3.00
CEST 64Public Works Inspection & Testing3.00
CEST 65Public Works Plans and Estimating3.00
CEST 81Civil Engineering Design/ Drafting3.00
CEST 85CAD for Civil, Surveying & Land Development3.00
CEST 86Advanced Civil Engineering Computer-Aided Design3.00
CEST 98Independent Study in Civil & Surveying Technology1.00-3.00
CEST 99ICivil Engineering Tech Occupational Work Experience Intern0.50-8.00
GIS 51Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
GIS 52Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
GIS 53Cartography in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
GIS 54Data Acquisition in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3.00
GIS 55GIS Applications for Earth Sciences3.00
GIS 56GIS Applications in Land Planning3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


It is recommended that students who have not had high school courses in mathematics through plane geometry take the Math placement test and enroll in an appropriate course (eg, CSKLS 371, CSKLS 372, MATH 150A & B, or MATH 151) prior to enrolling in certificate program courses.

For students with limited computer literacy, CS 101A or CS 101B is recommended. Please contact the department or a counselor for more information.

This program was formerly named "Civil & Surveying Technology: Surveying"

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