Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology

The Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology (SCVL) program prepares students to become technicians in the civil engineering and land surveying industries.

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The Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology (SCVL) program prepares students to become technicians in the civil engineering and land surveying industries. Technicians may be employed by governmental agencies including counties, cities and states. Graduates may also be employed in the private sector by contractors, engineering or land surveying firms in a wide range of starting positions. Students are prepared to work in the industries of land surveying and civil engineering under a professional surveyor or civil engineer. Surveying technicians assist surveyors in collecting data and making maps of the earth’s surface. Surveying technicians typically work in an office or visit sites to take measurements of the land. Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, utilities, and other major infrastructure projects. They also help with commercial, residential, and land development.

Students are provided with experiences emphasizing surveying, drafting/design and materials testing. Surveying courses give students the opportunity to learn how to operate industry utilized equipment, including the latest in GNSS (GPS) technology. Survey drawings and engineering plans are developed using enhanced computer-aided drafting programs (CAD). Arts & Sciences courses round out the course of study, providing students with the analytical, communication and writing skills the industry demands of its professionals. The program prepares students to take the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Certified Survey Technician (CST) Level I exam.

For students with a bachelor’s degree in a related field, our certificate may provide an avenue to licensure as a Land Surveyor. The certificate offers 22 technical credits in land surveying, as currently required by the MN board of licensure (AELSLAGID).

Degree Information:

Graduates earn an associate of applied science (AAS) degree; the program takes two years (four semesters) to complete

Common Job Titles:

Civil Engineering Technician; Surveying Technician

Program Placement Rate: 100%

Data reflects placement for AY2013-14 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact

Recent Employers:

MnDOT; Hennepin County Public Works; American Engineering Testing; Westwood Professional Services; Bolton & Menk, Inc.

National Median Salary: $57,160

SOURCE: Based on May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the state of Minnesota published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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