2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Surveying Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Program Requirements

Surveying Technology, AAS Program Checksheet

Includes:

  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Surveying Technology?    

The Surveying Technology program at Ferris is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to function as an effective member of the surveying field crew. Graduates have the ability to operate equipment and perform basic surveying calculations and create maps using different computer-assisted mapping software.

Courses cover the use of basic surveying instruments, evaluation of the accuracy of field data, production of computer drawings using surveying and mapping software, use of advanced electronic total stations, an inspection of basic civil engineering materials such as soils, aggregates, portland cement, and bituminous concrete, the study of laws and history of past judgments pertaining to boundary establishment, conformance with established survey standards, and effective communication with clients and colleagues.

Career Opportunities

Surveying technicians assist surveyors in making precise measurements of the earth's surface for the purpose of establishing property boundaries, subdividing land parcels, creating maps of land and water forms for planning, navigation and general use, and the layout and control of construction projects. Technicians are familiar with the operation of sophisticated optical and electronic surveying instruments needed for compiling this information.

Surveying technicians work for private engineering and land surveying firms assisting in the construction of roads, bridges, buildings, and dams as well as making measurements to determine the location of property boundaries. They also may find jobs with local, state, and federal government agencies.

Prospects for advancement are excellent. There are numerous job opportunities for each graduate. Students who possess strong technical skills, management abilities, and a desire for increased responsibilities can rise to supervisory positions.

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
Email:
https://www.ferris.edu/CET/ceems/surveying/index.htm

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890
Email:
www.ferris.edu/technology

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major

Engineering Surveying
3
Intro to Surveying Engineering
1
Fundamentals of Surveying
3
Intro To Computer Mapping
3
Surveying Computation
3
Advanced Surveying
3
Prog Applications in Geomatics
2
Photogrammetry
3
Legal Aspects of Surveying 1
3
Principles of GIS
3
Remote Sensing
3
Techinical Related
3
Materials Properties-Testing
3
Minimum credit hours required for A.A.S. degree:
61