Surveying and Geomatics
Land Surveyors work with engineers, architects and builders to produce precise descriptions (surveys and maps) of surface features of the Earth. Land Surveyors perform a variety of important tasks such as boundary surveys, topographic mapping and construction staking. Surveys are used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership or governmental purposes.
To accomplish their objective, surveyors use elements of mathematics (geometry and trigonometry), physics, engineering and law.
Geomatics is a new term incorporating the older field of land surveying along with many other aspects of spatial data management and digital data processing.
Degrees and Certificates
UCC has several educational pathways available for surveying and geomatics including:
● Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
● Pathways Certificates
The curriculum for the AS degree prepares students for transfer to OIT, currently the only university in Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics. Students that take an additional year of course work at UCC could also complete an AS with emphasis in Engineering for students that later may decide to pursue Engineering Transfer as an educational pathway. The AAS degree is more applied and provides students with additional career pathways. Graduates of the AAS degree can take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FLS) exam after 2-years of work experience. Passing the FLS exam is one of requirements for licensing as a Professional Land Surveyor. UCC students can potentially select elective courses in the AAS program and receive both an AS in Geomatics and Surveying and an AAS in Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology. The pathways certificate includes 3 drafting courses, an introduction to surveying course, and trigonometry; the certificate provides an entry level pathway for working on a survey field crew.
Engineering technology faculty members at Umpqua Community College have practical experience working in business and industry. Faculty can bring their real world experience into the classroom. Faculty network with employers, and are able to work cooperatively with the UCC Advising and Career Center to assist students with finding internships and permanent employment.
Contact for More Information
Prospective students should see an engineering faculty adviser, or Advising and Career Planning Services, to develop your educational plan.
Clay Baumgartner, PE - Contact
Department Chair, Engineering and Computer Science