Surveying Technician Credential

surveying technician student

The Surveying Technician Credential provides students with an understanding of fundamental surveying theory, terrestrial-based and space-based survey measurements, use of traditional and modern surveying equipment, and Coordinate Geometry (COGO) software.

The Surveying Technician Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of two courses.
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CONT 202 Surveying I
3 credits

CONT 203 Surveying II
3 credits

Surveying I

CONT 202 is the first of a sequence of two courses in plane surveying. It focuses on fundamental surveying theory and terrestrial–based survey measurements. Computations are made using an orthogonal 2D coordinate reference system and vertical datum. Use of traditional and modern surveying instruments is covered as well as computation methods using Coordinate Geometry (COGO) software. The emphasis of the course is primarily on construction and civil engineering applications. Instruction includes lectures and field use of traditional and modern instruments to perform measurements of distances, areas, angles, directions, elevations, and coordinates. Prerequisites: MATH 122; RDNG 116 if required by placement. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)

Surveying II

This is the second of two surveying courses. It expands on terrestrial–based survey, the use of total station and Coordinate Geometry (COGO) software, but it primarily focuses on geomatics and spaced–based survey measuring. Computation methods involve a geodesic 3D coordinate reference system. Use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) equipment, remote sensing, and geographic information systems technologies will be covered. The emphasis of the course is on construction, civil, and environmental engineering applications. Instruction includes lectures and field use of modern instruments to perform subdivision, topographical survey, route alignments, Earthwork, and hydrographic survey. Prerequisites: CONT 202. 3 Cr. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)