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.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org)
Objectives and Outcomes
Graduates can seek employment performing tasks such as control, boundary, topographical, and utility surveys as well as preparing geographic information systems. Employers that may hire graduates may include surveying firms, PennDOT, DEP, engineering consulting firms, and utility companies. Students will be permitted to take the examinations to become a licensed Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for surveyors was $61,140 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $100,420.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||31,870||$30.94||$64,350|
|Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||2,540||$32.00||$66,570|
|State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)||1,680||$37.30||$77,580|
|Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction||1,100||$31.06||$64,610|
|Nonresidential Building Construction||650||$32.05||$66,660|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
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
- Mr. Barrett P Allison, PLS, '04, Project Manager, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
- Mr. Mark J Brinkash, PLS, '03, Land Surveying, Brinkash & Associates, Inc.
- Dr. Francis W Derby, Associate Professor of Surveying & Geographic Information Systems, The Pennsylvania State University
- Mr. Wayne E Engle, PLS, '77, President, Knapka Surveying, Inc.
- Mr. L. Bradley Foltz, PLS, Photogrammetry & Surveys Manager, PennDOT
- Mr. Christopher P Iachini, PLS, '92, Director of Survey, Larson Design Group
- Mr. Stephen M Moore, PLS, Geodetic Surveys Manager, PennDOT
- Mr. Brad D Pontz, PLS, Surveyor V, Mott MacDonald
- Mr. Thomas R Poploskie, PLS, Chief of Surveys, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
- Mr. Frederick Rankinen, Retired Professor
- Mr. Donald R Spencer, PLS, Vice President of Energy Services, Borton-Lawson Engineering
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.