Surveying Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student surveying land

About this program

It’s math meets science plus engineering and technology in this ABET-accredited program. Being a land surveyor takes a diverse, yet specialized combination of knowledge and skills. From accessing geographic data to applying advanced measurement methods, you’ll learn what it takes to thrive in this rapidly growing career. And with 100% placement, most students have their pick of jobs before graduation.

Applicants of this major may qualify for the BE Scholars Scholarship.


Overall Placement Rate


1 of 2 ABET Accredited Programs in PA


Hired BEFORE Graduation


  • Survey crew member
  • Constructor surveyor
  • Self-employment as a professional land surveyor

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Surveying I (CET115)
  • Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying (CET150)
  • Surveying II (CET124)
  • Topographic Surveys and Mapping (CET126)
  • Horizontal and Vertical Control Surveying (CET254)
  • Route and Construction Surveying (CET255)
  • Legal Aspects of Surveying (CET256)
  • Practical Surveying Problems and Adjustments (CET265)
  • Boundary Surveying and Legal Descriptions (CET262)
  • Geographic Information Systems and Photogrammetry (CET263)
  • Land Development Design (CET264)
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology (CET312)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • College Physics I (PHS115)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
  • College Physics II (PHS125)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)

Outdoor Labs

Work with industry-standard equipment on our 131-acre main campus.

Student Experience

“I came to Penn College for the small class sizes and the format of the surveying curriculum. The small classes allow for more one-on-one time with the instructors and have allowed me to produce strong relationships with instructors and staff. They’re always there to help push me further in my career path.”

Derek Grose

Surveying Technology Graduate and current Civil Engineering Technology Student

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong corporate partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.


Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS)

PSLS encourages interest in the profession, broadens the experiences of the student members, promotes networking opportunities, and germinates professional relationships within the land surveying profession.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Collaborative ‘Soccer Ball Experiment’ adds to students’ skill sets

A uniquely collaborative learning experience at Pennsylvania College of Technology, dubbed the “Soccer Ball Experiment,” helped civil engineering technology and surveying technology students and members of the Wildcat women’s soccer team acquire useful professional tools during the spring semester.

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More Information

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Pennsylvania Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) Licensure

Surveying Technology A.A.S. graduates qualify to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam — the first of three exams required for licensure in Pennsylvania. In addition, Civil Engineering Technology B.S. graduates may qualify to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam with additional coursework. Current B.S. students will need to work with their academic adviser to plan accordingly.

The second and third exam can only be taken after successfully completing the FS exam and gaining further work experience under the guidance of a licensed PLS as stipulated by the registration law.

In the United States the registration laws for engineers and surveyors vary from state to state. For states other than Pennsylvania, students need to verify that the Penn College programs meet the educational requirements of the registration law in that state.

Necessary equipment will be addressed in courses as needed.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Mr. Barrett P Allison, PLS, '04, Project Manager, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
  • Mr. Mark J Brinkash, PLS, '03, Land Surveying, Brinkash & Associates, Inc.
  • Ms. Madison L Carts Ressler, '17, Survey Technician, Nittany Engineering & Associates
  • Mr. Wayne E Engle, PLS, '77, Senior Surveyor, Nittany Engineering & Associates, a division of Century Engineering, Inc.
  • Mr. Christopher P Iachini, PLS, '92, Director of Survey, Larson Design Group
  • Mr. Stephen M Moore, PLS, Geodetic Surveys Manager, PennDOT
  • Mr. John Nevin Blesh, PLS, '04, Surveyor/Data Manager, Clinton County Solid Waste Authority
  • Mr. Brad D Pontz, PLS, Surveyor V, Mott MacDonald
  • Mr. Thomas R Poploskie, PLS, Chief of Surveys, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Donald R Spencer, PLS, Vice President of Operations, Borton-Lawson Engineering

Director of Admissions

Audriana Empet

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800.367.9222 ext. 4530