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Geomatic Technology (formerly Survey Technology)

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you’d like to prepare for a career in a growing field that won’t confine you to an office, then check out Geomatic Technology. You can put your math and computer skills to work as a geomatic technician in a construction firm, a surveying and engineering firm, mining, oil or gas company, public utility, or a government agency, such as U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Natural Resources, the Bureau of Land Management, or the U.S. Forestry Service.

Program Facts

84% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $61,398

Wage potential $72,457 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to increase faster than average nationally. Job openings will continue to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force altogether.

About 84% of BTC Surveying & Mapping students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $61,398, with an earning potential of about $72,457 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions


Most program graduates work as surveying and mapping technicians and are employed in direct field service. Opportunities exist in construction companies, private surveying and engineering firms, mining, oil, and gas extraction companies, public utilities, and city, county, state, and federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Forestry Department, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, and Bureau of Land Management).

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ENGT 122CAD I: BASICS6 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SOpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-12:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 3
    9/24-12/12MWFSTAFFOpenings: 22
  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBILLS MOpenings: 17
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 10
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • SURV 102Fundamentals of Surveying I7 credits

    Emphasis is placed on familiarization with the different types of surveys and their purpose and teaches the student to be able to differentiate between "accuracy" and "precision". It teaches the student to measure distances in a vertical direction and relate these measurements to a datum plane or elevation from sea level. Course also teaches the student how to measure directions from known points to find or establish other points and will enable the student to gain necessary skills in operating surveying instruments.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098 or instructor's permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF10:00a-10:50aBROD ROpenings: 16
  • SURV 140Fundamentals of GIS & GPS4 credits

    Students develop knowledge and designing skills in topology, features, attributes, relational operators, data capture, coverage editing, coordinate systems, and map projections.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/10MW 1:00p-1:50pBROD ROpenings: 15
  • Quarter 2
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aLONG ROpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aLONG ROpenings: 22
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 18
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/12Online VANLUEVEN NOpenings: 14
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • ENGT 132Engineering Applications Using MS Office5 credits

    This course focuses on applied projects to exercise higher level spreadsheet and word processing skills. Projects include utilization of mathematical and logical functions on multiple linked sheets, document formatting and headers/footers, generation of charts, graphs, and tables, automated document production, graphics and drawing tools, and toolbar customization and custom button macros.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, ENGT 122

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 4:00p-4:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 28
  • ENGT 153Intermediate GIS7 credits

    An introduction to desktop mapping, focusing on the use of ArcView software in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122, SURV 140

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 2:00p-2:50pBROD ROpenings: 30
  • SURV 103Fundamentals of Surveying II5 credits

    Emphasis on field work with the Total Station and Digital Level. A traverse will be run and adjusted and a topo made of the enclosed ground.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 102.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF10:00a-10:50aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 16
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 7
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 7
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 251AutoCAD Civil 3D I7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry-specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and survey applications with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122 and SURV 102 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-12:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aMUDD SOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 22
    9/23-12/12Online MUDD SOpenings: 13
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • SURV 104Construction & Highway Surveys6 credits

    Students will learn stakeout procedures for a variety of construction projects. In addition, the students will develop techniques to help the student learn to use horizontal and vertical curves in the field and office to join tangent lines. The layout of a horizontal curve will also be done as a portfolio project.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122 and SURV 102

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:10p-2:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • SURV 116Survey Data Systems2 credits

    A comprehensive study of transferring data between the data collector and the computer.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122, SURV 102

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F 2:10p-3:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • ENGT 252AutoCAD Civil 3D II7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey Industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on roadway and infrastructure design with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/11MWF 2:00p-2:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 16
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/29-10/15MW 1:00p-3:00pBRYSON MOpenings: 30
    9/24-10/29W 3:00p-5:00pNELSON LOpenings: 20
    9/23-10/28T 3:00p-5:00pDETTMAN DOpenings: 18
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 13
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • SURV 113Boundary Law & Land Description5 credits

    Explores the importance of various laws dealing with the survey of land boundaries, and the State and Federal laws about ownership and title.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 103

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:15a-9:45aBROD ROpenings: 21
  • SURV 204Environmental Mapping4 credits

    Coursework includes current industry mapping techniques and equipment as it relates to environmental issues such as wetlands mapping and habitat restoration.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 116

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh10:00a-11:15aBROD ROpenings: 20
  • SURV 152Zoning, Permitting & Platting4 credits

    Introduction to Whatcom County and City of Bellingham zoning ordinances and an introduction to the various state, county, and city permits associated with construction and land use in Whatcom County.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pIRWIN JOpenings: 15
  • Quarter 5
  • SURV 202GPS Systems7 credits

    Global Positioning System software will be used to adjust raw field data collected with Trimble 4000 SST receivers.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 204

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:30a-9:45aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • SURV 205Advanced GIS Applications7 credits

    An advanced course in desktop mapping focusing on the use of the extensions in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 153

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh10:15a-11:30aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • ENGT 253AutoCAD Civil 3D III7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and grading with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 252

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 2:00p-2:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • SURV 112Public Lands Survey System5 credits

    Course will familiarize the student with the public land system of the U.S. and the subdivision of sections.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TTh 8:30a-9:45aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • SURV 191Professional Development and Safety2 credits

    Provides an introduction to the licensing and certification procedures for land surveyors and engineers in the State of Washington as well as the RCWs and WACs that apply. The course also provides an examination of safety hazards and accident awareness that is related to both professions.

  • SURV 201Advanced Survey Seminar7 credits

    Offers opportunities for the second year student to study advanced techniques in GPS, GIS, Data Collection, Research, and Surveying/ Mapping Software. The structure is self-motivated and supports transition from college structure to jobs in the Surveying and Mapping profession.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 103

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TTh10:15a-11:30aBROD ROpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS125 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • CAP 101 or passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate a working knowledge of the Global Positioning System (GPS) as well as demonstrate a working knowledge of Washington Law related to surveying and boundaries;
  • Graduates will demonstrate entry level competency in using CAD skills;
  • Graduates will possess the ability to prepare a topographic map of a parcel of property that is evaluated by WAC 332-130 standards;
  • Graduates will prepare for the Level I Survey Technical Exam given by the Career Development Committee of LSAW;
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in basic GIS and surveying and mapping skills;
  • Graduates will receive, interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information.

Chris Brod - Instructor image

Chris Brod

360 752-8414

cbrod@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Chris has worked in surveying and mapping for most of the last 30 years, working across the western United States while employed in oil exploration, then settling down in Arizona for twenty three years. There he worked with scientific studies, civil engineering, and environmental groups surveying and mapping across northern Arizona, southern Nevada and Utah, and western New Mexico. There he received his BS in Geography at Northern Arizona University, where he taught in the College of Engineering and the Geography Department as an undergraduate and while working on his MS. He recently moved to Bellingham to become one of the newest members of the BTC family.



Tim Stettler - Instructor image

Tim Stettler

360 752-8338

tstettler@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

      A.A.S., Civil Engineering, Spokane Community College

      WA Professional Technical Certification



Associate of Applied Science Degree

If you’d like to prepare for a career in a growing field that won’t confine you to an office, then check out Surveying & Mapping. You can put your math and computer skills to work as a surveying and mapping technician in a construction firm, a surveying and engineering firm, mining, oil or gas company, public utility, or a government agency, such as U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Natural Resources, the Bureau of Land Management, or the U.S. Forestry Service.

Program Facts

84% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $61,398

Wage potential $72,457 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to increase faster than average nationally. Job openings will continue to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force altogether.

About 84% of BTC Surveying & Mapping students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $61,398, with an earning potential of about $72,457 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions


Most program graduates work as surveying and mapping technicians and are employed in direct field service. Opportunities exist in construction companies, private surveying and engineering firms, mining, oil, and gas extraction companies, public utilities, and city, county, state, and federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Forestry Department, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, and Bureau of Land Management).

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ENGT 122CAD I: BASICS6 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/9TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SOpenings: 19
    9/24-12/12MWF12:00p-12:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 3
    9/24-12/12MWFSTAFFOpenings: 22
  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, perdents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aMOYLE VOpenings: 23
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTETTLER TOpenings: 20
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • SURV 102Fundamentals of Surveying I7 credits

    Emphasis is placed on familiarization with the different types of surveys and their purpose and teaches the student to be able to differentiate between "accuracy" and "precision". It teaches the student to measure distances in a vertical direction and relate these measurements to a datum plane or elevation from sea level. Course also teaches the student how to measure directions from known points to find or establish other points and will enable the student to gain necessary skills in operating surveying instruments.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098 or instructor's permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF10:00a-10:50aBROD ROpenings: 16
  • SURV 140Fundamentals of GIS & GPS4 credits

    Students develop knowledge and designing skills in topology, features, attributes, relational operators, data capture, coverage editing, coordinate systems, and map projections.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 098

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/10MW 1:00p-1:50pBROD ROpenings: 15
  • Quarter 2
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pLONG ROpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 10
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 21
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 21
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 14
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 132Engineering Applications Using MS Office5 credits

    This course focuses on applied projects to exercise higher level spreadsheet and word processing skills. Projects include utilization of mathematical and logical functions on multiple linked sheets, document formatting and headers/footers, generation of charts, graphs, and tables, automated document production, graphics and drawing tools, and toolbar customization and custom button macros.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, ENGT 122

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 4:00p-4:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 28
  • ENGT 153Intermediate GIS7 credits

    An introduction to desktop mapping, focusing on the use of ArcView software in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122, SURV 140

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 2:00p-2:50pBROD ROpenings: 30
  • SURV 103Fundamentals of Surveying II5 credits

    Emphasis on field work with the Total Station and Digital Level. A traverse will be run and adjusted and a topo made of the enclosed ground.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 102.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF10:00a-10:50aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 16
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 7
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pMUDD SOpenings: 18
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pNELSON NOpenings: 24
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 7
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 17
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 251AutoCAD Civil 3D I7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry-specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and survey applications with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122 and SURV 102 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-12:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • SURV 104Construction & Highway Surveys6 credits

    Students will learn stakeout procedures for a variety of construction projects. In addition, the students will develop techniques to help the student learn to use horizontal and vertical curves in the field and office to join tangent lines. The layout of a horizontal curve will also be done as a portfolio project.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122 and SURV 102

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:10p-2:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • SURV 116Survey Data Systems2 credits

    A comprehensive study of transferring data between the data collector and the computer.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 122, SURV 102

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F 2:10p-3:00pBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/29-10/15MW 1:00p-3:00pBRYSON MOpenings: 30
    9/24-10/29W 3:00p-5:00pNELSON LOpenings: 20
    9/23-10/28T 3:00p-5:00pDETTMAN DOpenings: 18
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 13
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • ENGT 252AutoCAD Civil 3D II7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey Industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on roadway and infrastructure design with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 251

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/11MWF 2:00p-2:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 16
  • SURV 113Boundary Law & Land Description5 credits

    Explores the importance of various laws dealing with the survey of land boundaries, and the State and Federal laws about ownership and title.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 103

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 8:15a-9:45aBROD ROpenings: 21
  • SURV 204Environmental Mapping4 credits

    Coursework includes current industry mapping techniques and equipment as it relates to environmental issues such as wetlands mapping and habitat restoration.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 116

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh10:00a-11:15aBROD ROpenings: 20
  • SURV 152Zoning, Permitting & Platting4 credits

    Introduction to Whatcom County and City of Bellingham zoning ordinances and an introduction to the various state, county, and city permits associated with construction and land use in Whatcom County.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-3:00pIRWIN JOpenings: 15
  • Quarter 5
  • SURV 202GPS Systems7 credits

    Global Positioning System software will be used to adjust raw field data collected with Trimble 4000 SST receivers.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 204

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:30a-9:45aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • SURV 205Advanced GIS Applications7 credits

    An advanced course in desktop mapping focusing on the use of the extensions in Geographic Information Systems applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 153

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh10:15a-11:30aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • ENGT 253AutoCAD Civil 3D III7 credits

    Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and grading with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGT 252

    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/22MWF 2:00p-2:50pSTETTLER TOpenings: 24
  • SURV 112Public Lands Survey System5 credits

    Course will familiarize the student with the public land system of the U.S. and the subdivision of sections.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TTh 8:30a-9:45aBROD ROpenings: 24
  • SURV 191Professional Development and Safety2 credits

    Provides an introduction to the licensing and certification procedures for land surveyors and engineers in the State of Washington as well as the RCWs and WACs that apply. The course also provides an examination of safety hazards and accident awareness that is related to both professions.

  • SURV 201Advanced Survey Seminar7 credits

    Offers opportunities for the second year student to study advanced techniques in GPS, GIS, Data Collection, Research, and Surveying/ Mapping Software. The structure is self-motivated and supports transition from college structure to jobs in the Surveying and Mapping profession.

    Prerequisite:
    SURV 103

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TTh10:15a-11:30aBROD ROpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS120 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • CAP 101 or passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in basic GIS and surveying and mapping skills;
  • Graduates will prepare for the Level I Survey Technical Exam given by the Career Development Committee of LSAW;
  • Graduates will possess the ability to prepare a topographic map of a parcel of property that is evaluated by WAC 332-130 standards;
  • Graduates will demonstrate entry level competency in using CAD skills;
  • Graduates will demonstrate a working knowledge of the Global Positioning System (GPS) as well as demonstrate a working knowledge of Washington Law related to surveying and boundaries;
  • Graduates will receive, interpret, and convey written, verbal, and graphic information.

Chris Brod - Instructor image

Chris Brod

360 752-8414

cbrod@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Chris has worked in surveying and mapping for most of the last 30 years, working across the western United States while employed in oil exploration, then settling down in Arizona for twenty three years. There he worked with scientific studies, civil engineering, and environmental groups surveying and mapping across northern Arizona, southern Nevada and Utah, and western New Mexico. There he received his BS in Geography at Northern Arizona University, where he taught in the College of Engineering and the Geography Department as an undergraduate and while working on his MS. He recently moved to Bellingham to become one of the newest members of the BTC family.



Tim Stettler - Instructor image

Tim Stettler

360 752-8338

tstettler@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Degrees and Certifications

      B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University

      A.A.S., Civil Engineering, Spokane Community College

      WA Professional Technical Certification