Surveying & Geomatics


Student with survey equipment on campus

Student with survey equipment on campus

What is a Survey Technician?

Surveying technicians measure and plot the location of land and water boundaries. Land surveyors play a critical role in the development of planned communities, schools, shopping centers, highway projects and more. They are involved in the construction of roads, sewers, bridges and buildings. They write land descriptions for deeds, leases, and other legal documents; define air space for airports; and measure construction and mineral sites. Surveyors also provide data relevant to the shape, contour, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features.


How does the program work?

Clark College's Surveying & Geomatics is an evening-and-weekend program offering an Associated in Applied Science degree that provides training in survey techniques and methods. The course curriculum prepares a student to work in an entry level surveying position and provides the opportunity to take advantage of an articulation agreement and transfer to the Oregon Institute of Technology in Wilsonville, Oregon, for a bachelor’s in Geomatics.

Clark’s program provides opportunities for licensed professional surveyors to teach students how to use equipment in real-world situations. It is the beginning of the education process for a student to advance further in study and practice in preparation to become a licensed professional surveyor.

Clark College’s program currently is the only one of its kind offered the Portland metropolitan area. Students from qualifying Oregon border counties are accepted for in-state tuition.


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Degree Options

Surveying & Geomatics

Degree Requirements


The Surveying and Geomatics program is designed to meet entry-level field and office skills in a variety of land surveying and geomatics occupations. Training will utilize precision electronic surveying instruments, including Global Positioning System equipment and sophisticated computerized drafting, mapping, design, and analysis software.

An Associate in Applied Science degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the course requirements. All core and general education list requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives. Students are encouraged to complete basic skills at the beginning of their education. Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.

Full-time students seeking an Associate in Applied Science degree typically complete this program in a minimum of six quarters, if basic skills and prerequisites are complete. Students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in a Surveying or GIS field, a formal articulation agreement between Clark College and the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon is in place. Please consult with an advisor for additional requirements regarding this specific educational path.

Student Preparation


It is recommended that students prepare for entrance into the program by emphasizing mathematics and science in high school. Two years of algebra and one year each of geometry, trigonometry, and physics are desirable prerequisites.

Career Opportunities


Completion of this program prepares students for work as Surveying Technicians and can lead to a career as a Professional Land Surveyor. The employment forecast for graduates in this field are exceptional. As increasing number of licensed surveyors across the nation retire, a personnel shortage has been created within this profession.

Surveying/Geomatics (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING (recommended)
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
HPE 220
INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND FITNESS (recommended)
3 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
PHSC 101
GENERAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 169
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
3 cr.
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
or ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 143
CIVIL DRAFTING 1 WITH CIVIL 3D
4 cr.
ENGR 113
ENGINEERING SKETCHING AND VISUALIZATION
2 cr.
MATH 111
COLLEGE ALGEBRA (or higher)
5 cr.
MATH&151
CALCULUS I (or higher)
5 cr.
SURV 100
INTRODUCTION TO GPS
2 cr.
SURV 102
FUNDAMENTALS OF SURVEY (recommended)
2 cr.
SURV 104
COMPUTATION AND PLATTING
5 cr.
SURV 121
FIELD SURVEY I
5 cr.
or ENGR 121
FIELD SURVEY I
5 cr.
SURV 122
FIELD SURVEY II
5 cr.
SURV 123
PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
1 cr.
SURV 125
INTRODUCTION TO GIS
3 cr.
SURV 163
ROUTE SURVEYING
5 cr.
SURV 202
BOUNDARY SURVEYS
4 cr.
SURV 203
LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS
3 cr.
SURV 223
BOUNDARY LAW I
3 cr.
SURV 225
SUBDIVISION PLANNING A & PLATTING
3 cr.
SURV 250
ARC GIS I
3 cr.
SURV 264
SURVEY SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 93
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate use of modern technology, industry standard software, and tools to collect, analyze and interpret data for surveying solutions.
  • Apply problem-solving skills as a member of a professional team in a field crew.
  • Communicate in written form, verbally, and graphically with surveyors and engineers.
  • Solve applied mathematical problems related to land surveying.
  • Prepare complete field records.
  • Practice a code of ethics prescribed by professional organizations and state codes.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.

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