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Civil & Surveying Tech: Land Surveying Emphasis Career Certificate Certificate Engineering and Applied Technology Total Units: 44
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Term Effective: Fall 1981


The Civil and Surveying Technology: Land Surveying Certificate of Achievement prepares students for technical positions in the land surveying, mapping, land development and land planning professions.

Civil engineering and land surveying are the oldest, largest and most diverse disciplines of the engineering profession. The Civil and Surveying Technician with a land surveying emphasis may help plan, develop, layout, map and maintain: public works, land development, and transportation projects, horizontal and vertical control networks, and land and geographic information systems.

Employment is available in surveying, mapping, land planning, plan checking and review, project administration and management. The land surveying and mapping professions continue to offer excellent employment opportunities. Opportunities are available in both public service and private enterprise, offering a wide range of career opportunities to satisfy individual interests, aptitudes, and goals. Employers generally report that it is very difficult to find applicants who meet their hiring standards. This indicates a very good outlook for qualified job seekers.

The Civil & Surveying Technician may choose a land surveying, planning or mapping occupational path. Regardless of the choice of discipline, the career ladder is very similar. Some firms or agencies have more than one discipline represented.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. For students interested in an Associate degree, a Civil and Surveying Technology: Land Surveying major is available.

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

Land Surveying Career Ladder

  • Principle Land Surveyor (Owner or Principle 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 Completion from SRJC and experience, Office or Field positions)
  • Land Surveying Aide (Part time employees without certificate)

Mapping Career Ladder

  • GIS Manager (Supervisor, experience and 4 year degree or advanced degree)
  • GIS Analyst (Lead person, experience and 4 year degree)
  • GIS Technician I, II, III (Certificate of Completion from SRJC and experience)
  • Map Drafting Technician (Certificate of Completion from SRJC and experience)

Urban Planning Career Ladder

  • Principle Planner
  • Associate Planner
  • Assistant Planner
  • Planning Technician
  • Plan Check Technician

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Civil & Surveying Tech: Land Surveying Emphasis Career Certificate Certificate program are:

  • Complete 44 units from
    • Civil and Surveying Technology Core Requirements
    • Land Surveying Emphasis Requirements

Civil and Surveying Technology Core Requirements - complete 26.00 units
CET 51Map Drafting Techniques3.00
CET 50APlane Surveying4.00
CET 50BPlane Surveying4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
CET 90AApplied Mathematics3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
MATH 57College Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
Land Surveying Emphasis Requirements - complete 18.00 units
CET 53Route Surveying & Design4.00
CET 55Applications of Control and Astronomy Surveys2.00
CET 59ABoundary Control & Legal Principles3.00
CET 59BBoundary Control & Legal Principles3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
CET 63 ORSubdivision Planning3.00
CONS 81 OREngineering Construction Drafting3.00
CET 85 ORCivil Engineering Computer-Aided Drafting/Design3.00
CET 98 ORSpecial Studies in Civil Engineering Technology1.00-3.00
Construction Project Organization and Management3.00
FOR 52 ORPark and Woodland Surveying3.00
CET 52Photogrammetry3.00

Term Effective: Fall 1981

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: Spring 2010

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, CSKL 371, CSKL 372, MATH 150A & B, or MATH 151) prior to enrolling in certificate program courses.

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

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