Dunwoody Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology

Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology program prepares you for your career as a Civil Engineering Technician or Land Surveying Technician.

Hands-on, outdoor projects and experiments get you out of the classroom and into the environment you’ll be working in. And opportunities to participate in national competitions promise to build your resume and expand your networks.

Throughout the program, our expert faculty members will train you on industry-utilized equipment and software.

Upon graduation, you will have the capacity to assist surveyors in data collection, map the earth’s surface, create surveying drawings and engineering plans, and help civil engineers design and construct the infrastructure of tomorrow.

Students interested in becoming a surveying technician will be prepared to take the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Certified Survey Technician (CST) Level 1 exam and the Autodesk Certified User (ACU) exam.

This degree directly transfers into Dunwoody’s Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

Top 5 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Surveyor

  1. You don’t want a desk job
    Land surveying is perfect for people who don’t want to be in an office all day and who enjoy getting outside. Surveying involves both fieldwork and office work, making it a great career choice for outdoor enthusiasts who want a professional-level job that isn’t labor-intensive.
  2. You like working with technology
    Since surveyors are responsible for taking precise measurements of land to determine property boundaries and develop land, they have to work with some very high-tech equipment and programs, including GPS devices, 3D laser scanning technology, drones, and computer-aided drafting software.
  3. You want a career that makes a difference
    From boundary work and construction projects to court cases and land mapping, surveyors and the data they collect play an important role in our world. It’s a career that impacts a wide variety of fields and industries and their work shapes everything from building projects to GPS data.
  4. You are curious and you like to problem solve
    Land surveyors are often part detective, using everything from historical research to on-site data and measurements to solve a problem or answer a question for a client.
  5. You want a great paying career that’s in-demand
    According to beasurveyor.com, projections from the U.S. Department of Labor show the need for land surveyors and technicians will outpace the average growth for all occupations. In addition, the average salary for a land surveyor in Minnesota is $86,490. At Dunwoody, the program placement rate for both the Land Surveying and the Surveying & Civil Engineer Technology degree programs is 100 percent with an average of 32.7 job inquires per graduate.

Class topics include:

  • Control & Geodetic Surveying
  • Transportation & Municipal Design
  • Land Use Planning
  • Materials, Testing & Construction Methods
  • Laser Scanning & Remote Sensing

Degree Requirements

To view program requirements, including required courses, electives, course descriptions, and credit hours, visit:

College Catalog: Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology

Recent Employers of Graduates

Companies that hire our graduates include:

  • Sunde Land Surveying
  • WSB & Associates
  • MnDOT
  • Hennepin County Public Works

Common Job Titles

Possible job titles upon graduation include:

  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Surveying Technician

Student Organizations

Opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom include:

  • National Electrical Contractors Association Student Chapter (NECA)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK)
  • SkillsUSA

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Land surveying student Dan Fjell works with surveying equipment outside.

A Second Career in Surveying

Determined to embark on a new career and with a long-time interest in land surveying, Dan Fjell knew that Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology program would set him on the right path.

“Dunwoody stood out for the emphasis on AutoCAD and for the opportunities of career development with career fairs,” Fjell said.

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Veteran finds his place in the field of surveying

Kyle Brockett came to Dunwoody College hoping to add more life skills to an already full back pocket.

After nine years of active duty in the U.S. Army as an airborne paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and Military Intelligence with 3rd Special Forces Group, Brockett finished his military tour at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

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Surveying Lab

Uses the Dunwoody campus and its environs as a lab for learning the tools and techniques used in surveying both outdoor and indoor spaces. SURVEYING EQUIPMENT:

  • Sokkia Automatic & Digital Levels
  • Trimble & Leica Total Stations
  • Trimble & Topcon GNSS (GPS) Receivers & Data Collectors
  • Phantom 3 & Phantom 4 Drones (used for photogrammetry & RTK surveying)
  • Faro Laser Scanner
  • Laptop Computers loaded with Industry Software