Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
This curriculum is designed to equip graduates to face the challenge of modern Surveying practice. The major also provides an overview of the surveying field and prepares students for advanced study and for the Surveying Fundamentals exam, which is the first step in registering as a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS). The major emphasizes applications-based studies involving the analysis of surveying projects. Modern approaches to the analysis of highways, structures, hydraulic systems, and site development are emphasized. This technical instruction with modern instrumentation, hardware, and software is reinforced with foundation courses emphasizing written and oral communication and physical sciences. All of the instruction is presented with problem solving in mind and strong emphasis on applications and critical thinking.
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About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Objectives and Outcomes
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the most recent Penn College Graduate Survey (2012-13) the starting salary for Surveying Technology associate degree graduates range from $25,000 - $43,850. The average full-time salary was $36,479. The survey had a response rate of 58.8% and was administered six months after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for surveyors was $56,590 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,130.The top 10 percent earned more than $91,790.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||29,390||$28.00||$58,240|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||2,730||$29.79||$61,970|
|State Government (OES Designation)||1,780||$34.33||$71,410|
|Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction||1,220||$28.74||$59,780|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||830||$27.64||$57,490|
Statistics reported in May 2013
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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Necessary equipment will be addressed in courses as needed.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS)
Surveying Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.