First Year Course Descriptions (Field Survey Technician Certificate)

IND 101 - First Aid/CPR

This basic 16-hour American Heart Association compliant course offers study and practice of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and other skills needed in providing first aid to the injured.  The course is especially appropriate for vocational instructors, police officers, and industrial supervisors.  An 8-hour renewal is an option available to those holding a valid (non-expired) card.

 

SUR 101 - Introduction to Field Surveying

This course introduces maps, field survey measurement techniques and mathematical concepts.  Students learn theory of surveying calculations and errors in measurements.

 

SUR 102 - Intermediate Field Surveying

A continuation of SUR 101 and taught in conjunction with SUR 112, this course is an introduction to the concepts of gathering and compiling topographic survey data, profiles and cross-sections, and the Global Positioning System.

 

SUR 103 - Construction Surveying

Students learn the theory of route and construction staking and boundary staking using traditional and modern techniques.  This lecture and  laboratory course introduces field staking techniques and reporting and includes lot corner staking, pipeline, route and slope staking, building and site staking, and blue-topping.  Students use tapes, total stations, data collectors and GPS to achieve their goals.

 

SUR 111 - Field Surveying Lab I

Taught in conjunction with SUR 101, this course consists of practical field surveying assignments including taping, leveling, horizontal and vertical angle measurement, Electronic Distance Measurement, traverse surveys, and equipment maintenance and calibration.  Students keep manual and electronic field notes.

 

SUR 112 - Field Surveying Lab II

Taught in conjunction with SUR 102, this lab course emphasizes topographic surveying techniques using hand notekeeping and electronic data collection, GPS-RTK usage, and astronomic observation methods.

 

SUR 113 - Field Survey Summer Practicum

This lab course is based on knowledge gained in the first three quarters of the program.  The students work on longer projects in boundary retracement, topographic surveying, and construction surveying.

 

SUR 114 Field Survey Spring Quarter Practicum

This lab course is based on knowledge gained up to the last four weeks of the third quarter of the program.  The students work on longer projects in boundary retracement, topographic surveying, and construction surveying.

SUR 145 - Public Land System 1

This course covers the historical methods and framework of the American systems of land division, with an emphasis on the Public Land System.

 

SUR 161 - Basic Math for Field Surveying

This course is an introduction to Surveying Engineering Mathematics.  Topics include operations with real numbers, exponents and radicals, operations with algebraic expressions, and the solution of right triangles, and introduction to vectors.

 

SUR 162 - Intermediate Math for Field Surveying

This course is a continuation of SUR 161.  Covered topics include solution of equations, oblique triangles, area calculations, and analysis of linear functions.

 

SUR 163 - Advanced Math for Field Surveying

This continuation of SUR 162 includes solutions of systems of linear equations, factoring, fractions, operations with radicals, solving quadratic equations and analyzing quadratic functions.

 

SUR 164 - Survey Calculations

In this course students learn the practical application of mathematical theory to the solution of grades, horizontal and vertical curves, coordinate geometry, intersection problems, and volumes.

 

SUR 174 - Computer Applications

This course is an introduction to microcomputers, word processing spreadsheets, utilities, and the Internet, providing a basis for the Communications Course as well as the reporting and presentation of information required throughout the rest of the program.

 

SUR 175 Communications

This course's emphasis is on written forms in Land Surveying profession.  Students research and gather data and complete projects in the writing of resumes, business letters and technical reports, while gaining proficiency in English usage as it pertains to professional communications and appropriate presentation of information and concepts.

 

SUR 190 Cooperative Education

The student may substitute an approved co-op assignment in lieu of the Spring Quarter Practicum (Sur 114).  Prior departmental approval and/or permission of the instructor and co-op contract are required.

 

SUR 191 Cooperative Education

The student may substitute an approved co-op assignment in lieu of the summer session.  Prior departmental approval and/or permission of the instructor and co-op contract are required.