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Land Survey Technician

Program Requirements: 

Learn how to map the world with a Land Survey Technician associate degree from Gateway Technical College. Gateway’s program is one of only four Land Survey associate degree programs in the state of Wisconsin. The two-year degree meets the educational and training requirements to become a licensed land surveyor in the state of Wisconsin.

Land survey technicians help land surveyors monitor boundary lines at a construction site. They also help collect data in the field, make calculations and perform computer-aided drafting. After completing four years of experience, technicians can be eligible for land surveyor certification.

Gateway’s construction science group (CSG) programs (CET-Highway, Land Survey, CET-Fresh Water and Architectural-Structural Engineering Tech) share a common first year of coursework. This allows for the basic understanding of all four areas which is a fundamental skill set while giving students an opportunity to explore each program and decide what the best fit is for them. In the second year of the program, students will take core Land Survey Technician courses.

Courses are offered at the integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (iMET) Center in Sturtevant. Students can also access courses through the Nodal network on Gateway’s Elkhorn Campus and Blackhawk Technical College’s Janesville Campus. Nodal workstations are equipped with headphones and webcams, providing two-way audio and video communication across the internet, including the ability to share screens, allowing students to fully participate in class as if they were in the classroom at iMET.

What does a land survey technician do?

Land survey technicians help develop topographical maps of an existing site, make land measurements to establish boundary lines, establish elevations for engineering and architectural purposes and conduct record research for land surveying applications. Graduates can obtain entry-level opportunities including land survey technician, digital terrain molder, geographical information systems technician, construction survey coordinator, civil engineering technician and cartography technician.

Learning by doing

All classes within the program use real-world problems and projects instead of just book exercises. This fusion of education and application is an essential part of all courses.

 

The Land Survey Technician program provides students with state-of-the-art equipment including two GPS systems in addition to the total stations, levels, and other instruments of the trade. These instruments provide students with the opportunity to train with land surveying tools used in the field. Students are encouraged to join one of two student organizations.

 

The Civil Engineering Technician Associate (CETA) student club provides students with networking and professional development opportunities. CETA hosts a Professional Night each Fall where local industry professionals network with current students. The Land Surveyors club is a student club dedicated to the Land Surveying profession. Club members perform various land surveying activities including attending the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyor’s annual state conference.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of surveying technicians and mapping technicians is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. An increase in mapping technologies has created a greater demand for map usage and the need for technicians. The median annual salary of surveying technicians and mapping technicians was $37,900 in 2010.

Certification and Licensing

Graduates can become eligible for licensing after completing four years of work in the field. Gateway’s associate degree meets the educational requirements to become a licensed land surveyor in the state of Wisconsin.

Faculty

iMET Center
Jonathan Hardbarger
hardbargerj@gtc.edu

Advisors

Elkhorn
Maria Torres
torresm@gtc.edu

iMET
Dwayne Windham
windhamd@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Beverly Frazier, Associate Dean
frazierb@gtc.edu

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