2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Positioning for Hydrographic Surveying

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Program Requirements

Positioning for Hydrographic Surveying, Certificate Program Checksheet


  • Certificate Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose a Surveying Engineering Certificate?

This certificate is a collaborative effort between the Surveying Engineering Program at Ferris State University and the Freshwater Studies Institute at Northwest Michigan College. Aims of the certificate are:

  • To explore the fundamental principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their applications.
  • To investigate the basic principles of remote sensing as they relate to engineering and environmental problems.
  • To understand the basics of how enabling hydrographic surveying technology components are used including Research Vessels, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), SONAR systems (single beam, multi-beam, side-scanning) while gaining first-hand experience operating these systems and collecting information. 

This certificate is geared toward:

  • Practicing Professionals interested in gaining additional competencies.
  • Students of surveying or related disciplines who wish to explore an additional subject.
  • Those who have an interest in underwater exploration by remote sensing.

Career Opportunities

Hydrographic surveying falls under the definition of “surveying” in both Michigan’s Occupational Code and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Model Law. The Hydrographic Surveyor is a specialist in precise positioning and data acquisition in marine environments; expected to work in a wide range of different situations and applications from inland waters and rivers, to ports and the deep oceans. Navigation, oil, gas mineral resource exploration and recovery, dredging, coastal works, bridge and port construction, submarine telephone cables and pipelines, environmental monitoring, aquaculture, and oceanographic research are all crucially dependent on the hydrographic surveyor for accurate, reliable information.

The employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. The demand for Hydrographic Survey Technicians (Marine Surveying) is expected to grow faster.

More Information:

School of Engineering and Computing Technology
Survey Engineering Technology Programs
915 Campus Drive, SWN 312
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2291
Phone: 231-591-2633

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Remote Sensing
GISC 225 *  Principles of GIS
ENV 115 Great Lakes Research Technologies
ENV 200 **  Great Lakes Research Technologies

* ENV 115 from Northwest Michigan College may be substituted for GISC 225

** WSI (ENV) 200 is offered at Northwest Michigan College