The Surveying Pathways Certificate provides an opportunity for career advancement for employees already working in the field through technical training, provides a career and educational pathway for high school students interested in surveying or engineering, and provides a career and educational pathway for people desiring a technical position in surveying and engineering.
Coursework includes two courses in AutoCAD, one course in Civil3D, and trigonometry, with a combined 16 credit hours of courses. Students completing the pathways certificate will be prepared for an entry level position on a surveying field crew.
The required courses for the pathways certificate are included in the one-year completion certificate for Engineering and Drafting Technician and two-year AAS program for Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology. Students completing the drafting pathways certificate may continue with the one-year completion certificate, two-year AAS, or two-year Engineering: University Transfer program (depending on math level), if desired.
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Prerequisites and Course Availability by Term
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Students completing the surveying pathways certificate are most likely to be employed on a surveying field crew as a surveying technician. It is important to recognize that this certificate can complement or provide pathways to other career opportunities such as engineering technicians, and the training provided with the certificate may increase promotional opportunities for people already employed in the field.
Average beginning salaries for surveying technicians are generally in the range of $13.50 to $18.50 per hour depending on experience and other factors. Job demand for trained workers in this field is related to the amount of construction and development that is occurring in the area. People interested in this career field should be prepared to consider the possibility of relocating to gain initial experience, as this is a high demand position in areas where significant development is occurring.
There are also multiple career pathways for people with surveying and mapping backgrounds. Examples of some related careers are available on the Oregon Labor Market Information Website for Surveying Technicians and Civil Engineering Technicians.
Occupational Skills Training
This program is available in an Occupational Skills Training format that is designed to mix school classes and on-the-job training with a potential employer. It’s great for hands-on learners! Individualized training plans are developed in consultation with the student, UCC faculty, UCC advisor, and the work site trainer.
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Other Degrees & Certificates at UCC
- Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology: AAS
- Engineering and Drafting Technician: One-year Certificate
- Drafting Pathways Certificate
- Water Quality Pathways Certificate
- Surveying & Geomatics: AS
Engineering technology faculty members at UCC have practical experience working in business and industry. They bring their real world experience into the classroom. Faculty members network with employers, and are able to work cooperatively with the UCC Advising and Career Center to assist you in finding internships and permanent employment.
Prospective students should visit Advising and Career Services to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
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Chair, Associate Professor, Engineering / Surveying & CIS