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Surveying Engineering Technology

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AAS Degree - Code #1039

Uli Besemann, Program Coordinator
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Governmental agencies, private industries, and individuals all benefit from the surveying and mapping of our natural resources and planning of transportation systems, recreational facilities, new cities, and land subdivisions. Using advanced surveying equipment such as the electronic total stations to measure angles and distances, the modern surveyor has learned to increase his/her productivity and measurement accuracy. Particularly exciting about the future of the surveying profession are the emerging technologies of Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Land Information Systems (LIS).

This program will provide you with a thorough understanding of the basic sciences of mathematics and physics, as well as applied subjects such as graphics and computer-aided drafting and design. The knowledge obtained from these basic courses is applied to a well-rounded study of modern surveying theory and practice.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the surveying engineering technology program. Laptop specifications are available at


  • The student constantly applies theoretical knowledge in meaningful and comprehensive laboratory sessions. Graduates are educated in a two-fold sense, both theoretically and practically.
  • Both the surveying engineering technology (AAS) and the surveying and geomatics engineering technology (BS) programs are accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  • An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  • An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments, and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The surveying engineering technology program produces graduates who:

  1. Write, read, and orally present technical reports, letters, and projects that meet the standards of the profession.
  2. Have an understanding of and are able to implement basic field and office survey procedures.
  3. Are capable of performing elementary research.
  4. Are competent in surveying techniques.
  5. Recognize the need for engagement, and an ability to engage, in continued formal education as well as lifelong learning.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State surveying engineering technology AAS graduates may enter directly into the surveying and geomatics engineering technology BS, the construction supervision BTech, the technology management BBA, or the interdisciplinary studies BTech degree program.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Land surveyor (after successfully meeting state requirements)
  • Field technician
  • Drafter - computer
  • Office assistant
  • Instrument person
  • Mapping technologist

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 50 percent are employed; 50 percent continued their education.

Enrollment And Graduation Data

Surveying Engineering Technology: Enrollment - 8; Graduates - 6

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Certification Or Licensure

The surveying engineering technology (AAS) program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,  Accreditation means that the graduates from the AAS program will receive two years of credit toward the total statutory time requirement for licensure as a land surveyor in New York State.


Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Recommended: Physics

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student’s high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Math through technical calculus I must be completed. Freshman composition and introduction to literature must be taken.

Technical Standards

Students in the surveying engineering technology program must meet the following:

  • Students must have the ability to complete field work over natural terrain.
  • Student must have the ability to use standard software of the profession.


2.0 cumulative grade point average and department requirement of 2.0 grade point average in major courses (CIVL).

Surveying Engineering Technology - AAS Degree



COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
CIVL 1011 Civil AutoCAD 1
CIVL 1204 Surveying I 4
CIVL 1182 Civil Technology Graphics 2
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
  xxx3 Technical or Science Elective 3


CIVL 2204 Surveying II 4
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3


CIVL 3204 Legal Asp & Prac of Land Surv 4
CIVL 3214 Geodesy 4
PHYS 2023 General Physics II 3
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
  xxx3 Gen. Education Elective 3


CIVL 4204 Subdivision Theory & Appli 4
CIVL 4214 Surveying Practicum 4
CIVL 4243 Surveying Computer Appli 3
CIVL 4273 Photogrammetry 3
  xxx3 Gen. Education Elective 3

Students receiving credit for math classes shown in the typical four-semester program may require additional LAS electives to complete degree requirements.

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to receive licensure.