This 18-credit certificate prepares students to work as field survey technicians, who assist engineers and surveyors in collecting data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, and water management. Typically, these technicians use surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data and site visits to complete the job.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Surveying and Mapping Technicians

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What you learn in SPC's Field Survey Technician Certificate

  • Knowledge, techniques, and modern tools of surveying, drainage and geology, and highway, structural and concrete design, among others.
  • Identify and find solutions to technical, engineering graphics and basic hydraulic problems
  • Computer aided drafting(CAD), civil engineering and surveying software
  • How to use traditional survey equipment and/or emerging technology to collect spatial data and produce maps in order to gain a basic understanding of surveying and geomatics
  • How to sketch, letter and generate line-work, using civil engineering and/or surveying software, to describe various objects
  • How to read and produce drawings involving orthographic projection, sections, pictorial and auxiliary views using adequate software
  • How to establish grades, locate property lines and utilities, produce plots, and calculate cut and fill
  • Leadership and human relations skills
  • Professional, ethical, and social responsibilities in the civil, survey and mapping industry

Field Survey Technician Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2022 (610)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2022 (610), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

The purpose of this Field Survey Technician Certificate program is to prepare students for employment as surveyors, civil engineering technicians, or surveyor helpers or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Architecture and Construction career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Architecture and Construction career cluster.

The content includes but is not limited to surveying, highway design, soils and foundations, photogrammetry, asphalt design, drainage and geology, concrete design, orientation to utilities, structural design, estimating, drafting, legal and ethical considerations, employability skills, leadership, and human relations skills, health and safety, and support general education. Computer use is essential. Technical report writing, record keeping, and mathematical computations are important aspects of this occupation.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" in all courses.

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Sidney Martin
Program Director
Dr. Natavia Middleton

Florida CIP Code

0715020102 - Field Survey Technician (CCC )

Federal CIP Code

15.0201 - Civil Engineering Technologies/Technicians.