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Surveying & Geomatics


Surveying and Geomatics involves the accurate assessment, measuring, and plotting of land and water boundaries for development projects that include buildings, 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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Timothy Kent
Surveying & Geomatics Program Advisor
(360) 992-2052

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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 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.