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Surveying & Geomatics

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Surveying and Geomatics involves the accurate assessment, measuring, and plotting of land and water boundaries for development projects that include buldings, roads, and bridges.

Clark’s program uses state-of-the-art land surveying equipment and techniques to prepare students for entry-level work in government and private sector roles.

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In the world of Surveying and Geomatics, outdoor projects are routine. Land surveyors determine boundaries of land, air space, and water for the use of property development and legal descriptions.

Survey technicians work out in the field, and work activities can include providing data relevant to the shape, contour, location, elevation, or dimension of land features.

Clark’s program provides opportunities for students to learn on equipment used in real-world situations. Classes meet in the evenings and weekends, and Clark offers an Associate in Applied Science degree that provides training in survey techniques and methods.

The course curriculum prepares a student for entry-level work or transfer to the Oregon Institute of Technology in Wilsonville, Oregon, for a bachelor’s degree in Geomatics.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Survey and Geomatics vary depending on industry and exist in a variety of formats: survey technician, instrument operator, rodman, and survey crew chief. According to The U.S Department of Labor, employment for surveying jobs have a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $25.48 per hour.

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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.

Survey & Geomatics Technician - GIS (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
3 cr. cr.
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING (recommended)
5 cr.
Computational Skills
 
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations
3 cr. cr.
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
or
ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 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 250
ARC GIS I
3 cr.
SURV 252
MAP PROJECTIONS
2 cr.
SURV 253
INTRODUCTION TO GPS
2 cr.
Total Required Credits: 50
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:
  • Communicate in written form, verbally, and graphically with surveyors and engineers.
  • Demonstrate use of modern technology, industry standard software, and tools to collect, analyze and interpret data for surveying solutions.
  • Practice a code of ethics prescribed by the professional organizations and state codes.
Survey & Geomatics Technician - Boundary (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
3 cr. cr.
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING (recommended)
5 cr.
Computational Skills
 
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
Human Relations
3 cr.
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
or
ENGR 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 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 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 264
SURVEY SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS
4 cr.
Total Required Credits: 54
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
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:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate use of modern technology, industry standard software, and tools to collect, analyze and interpret data for surveying solutions.
  • Practice a code of ethics prescribed by the professional organizations and state codes.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
Surveying/Geomatics (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (recommended)
5 cr.
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED 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.
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 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 253
INTRODUCTION TO GPS
2 cr.
SURV 252
MAP PROJECTIONS
2 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:
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • 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.
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Practice a code of ethics prescribed by the professional organizations and state codes.