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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
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.
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.
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:
- Define and describe land surveying terminology, methods, procedures, standards and
- perform mathematical, computer and statistical computations related to location, elevation,
grade, distance, direction, area, and volume;
- communicate clearly and effectively in oral, written and graphic formats;
- prepare land surveying maps, plats, documents and drawings using computer-aided drafting and
geographic information systems technology;
- operate terrestrial and global positioning surveying instruments for various types of
- 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 Requirements.
The requirements for the Surveying Technology Certificate program are:
Complete 27.5 units from
- Surveying Technology Core Requirements
|Surveying Technology Core Requirements - complete 27.50 units|
|GIS 40||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)||3.00|
|APTECH 46||Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting||2.00|
|APTECH 191||Problem Solving in Civil Engineering Technology||3.00|
|CEST 51||Civil Drafting Technology||3.00|
|CEST 192||Non-Technical Skills for the Civil Engineering Technician||1.50|
|SURV 53||Route Surveying & Design||4.00|
|SURV 56||Introduction to GPS Land Surveying||4.00|
|SURV 58||Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Determination||3.00|
|SURV 60||Introduction to Plane Surveying||4.00|
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.