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.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.


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.

  • Introduction to Surveying and Civil Engineering Technologies (CET101)
  • Surveying I (CET115)
  • Computer Applications for Civil Engineering and Surveying (CET150)
  • Surveying II (CET124)
  • Topographic Surveys and Mapping (CET126)
  • Construction and Control Surveying (CET257)
  • Route Surveying (CET258)
  • Boundary Surveying I (CET259)
  • Geographic Information Systems and Photogrammetry (CET263)
  • Land Development Design (CET264)
  • Practical Surveying Problems and Adjustments (CET265)
  • Boundary Surveying II and Land Descriptions (CET266)
  • Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) and Data Processing (CET267)
  • 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.

  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
  • College Physics I (PHS115)

​​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.

  • 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)
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)

Virtual Tour

Meet instructor Drew Potts, a handful of alumni working in the field, and a current civil engineering student, for a diverse look at this dynamic career field.


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

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Apr 19

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Monday, April 1912:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 21

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Wednesday, April 219:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 21

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Wednesday, April 2112:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Thursday, April 229:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 24

Spring Visit Day - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Saturday, April 2411:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 26

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Monday, April 2612:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 28

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Wednesday, April 289:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 28

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Wednesday, April 2812:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 29

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Civil Engineering & Surveying

Thursday, April 299:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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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 (

The College provides computer lab facilities in the instructional buildings used by the program. There are also computer labs in the campus library. A student may choose to purchase a laptop type device for convenience. However, it is not required to be successful in program. If purchased, a device should be capable of running Microsoft Office applications, have Wi-Fi connectivity, a minimum of 8GB of RAM, a CPU such as the Intel CORE i5 or greater. A touchscreen with pen support is recommended. However, a Wacom type tablet is an alternative to a touchscreen. In general, a mid-level device should suffice for the applications used in the program.

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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.

Prospective students should be aware that licensure requirements for work in this profession vary by state. The Surveying Technology program meets the educational requirements for licensure within the state of Pennsylvania. We have not determined if graduates of our program will be eligible for licensure in other states; therefore, students intending to seek employment in states other than PENNSYLVANIA are asked to contact the state licensing board of the state they wish to seek licensing to confirm that our program meets the requirements of the state where you intend to work. More information can be found on the the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website

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.
  • Mr. Barrett P Allison, PLS, '04, Project Manager, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
  • Mr. Mark J Brinkash, PLS, '03, Land Surveying, Brinkash & Associates, 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