Sep 24, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Surveying & Geomatics: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 69 credits minimum

Division of Natural Sciences
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 241
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4176
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor SI201b, (801) 957-4858

Program Faculty
Associate Professor - Walter M. Cunningham, PLS, Program Coordinator
Associate Professor - R. Adam Dastrup, Geosciences Coordinator

All Surveying & Geomatics faculty are experienced, degreed, and state-licensed Professional Land Surveyors (PLS).

Program Description
The surveying and geomatics program serves three distinct purposes:

  1. Provides students who have little or no experience in the field the skills needed for employment as a surveyor;
  2. Gives those already working in the profession additional knowledge needed to prepare for their professional licensing examinations;
  3. Gives licensed professionals opportunities for upgrade training on new issues and equipment in surveying.

A “C” grade or better is required in all Surveying & Geomatics program courses.

Career Technician Certification
SLCC is an approved National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Certified Surveying Technician (CST) Proctor Site.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students have the option to continue at Utah Valley University in the Geomatics bachelor degree program.

Estimated Time to Completion
If a student follows the proposed sample schedule outline, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy
8 - Develop the attitudes and skills for lifelong wellness
Core Knowledge in Surveying
  1. Successful students will demonstrate the ability to…
  • demonstrate knowledge of surveying history.
  • analyze how to apply units of measurement.
  • determine the role of the surveyor.
  • determine the fundamentals of surveying.
  1. Successful students will demonstrate the ability to…
  • utilize the specialized formulas and mathematical functions.
  • apply trigonometry and algebra.
  • apply mathematical and analytical skills relating to an entry-level surveyor could be expected to perform.
  1. Successful students will demonstrate the ability to perform these various types of professional surveys and applications:
  • Control
  • GPS, GIS, and Land Planning
  • Public lands
  • Construction and staking
  • Boundary
Field Experience in Surveying
  1. Successful students will demonstrate the ability to…
  • Observe and apply safety precautions.
  • Analyze environmental concerns.
  1. Successful students will demonstrate entry-level and hands-on applications and concepts, including:
  • the roles of surveying party members, including party Chief, Instrument Person, Rod-person, Note-keeper/sketcher, tapeperson/ safety spotter.
  • the ability to perform and check mathematical calculations and operations.
  • the ability to operate surveying equipment and instruments, including automatic Total Stations, rods, auto-levels, plumbbobs, high-accuracy RTK GPS, automatic data collectors, etc.
  • the ability to perform accurate field-note taking and records.
  • the ability to work in teams and collaboration.
Office Skills in Surveying
  1. Successful students will demonstrate the ability to…
  • use CAD and GIS as source data.
  • apply correct use of analytical and calculation tools.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the various interdisciplinary surveying applications of CAD and GIS in land development, drafting, and mapping.
  1. Successful students will demonstrate and exhibit proficiency in…
  • Public record research.
  • Writing legal descriptions of land parcels.
  1. Successful students will demonstrate a sound knowledge and analysis using Photogrammetry, including…
  • equipment
  • aerial geometry
  • stereoscopic viewing
  • map development
Legal Knowledge and Skills in Surveying
  1. Successful students will demonstrate understanding of the laws and standards regarding…
  • surveying ethics.
  • surveying liability.
  1. Successful students will demonstrate knowledge of…
  • the history of U.S. boundary law.
  • applications of boundary law.
  • ownership and transfer of real property.
  • title rights and interests in land.
  • current statutory and case laws.
  • the surveyor’s role in unwritten boundary lines.
  • the surveyor’s role in legal proceedings.
Specialized Depth Electives in Surveying
  1. Successful students will exhibit an acceptable knowledge of…
  • applied GIS and software.
  • land development and planning

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Distribution Areas: 3 Credits

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Physical Science (PS)   3
Social Science (SS)   3

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses (see summer term in sample schedule) should plan on extra time to complete the program. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken and may require extra time to complete the program.

Onsite and hybrid SVT courses are taught during weekday evenings, and during the day on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to accommodate students already working in the profession. Courses available in a totally online format are: SVT 1010 , SVT 1110 , SVT 2050 , and SVT 2060 . SVT 2160  & SVT 2170  are hybrid courses with special hours during Fall and Spring semesters, contact Program Coordinator at (801) 957- 4176 for detailed information.

Credit may be granted for equivalent work experience, duly accredited courses or challenge tests up to 16 credit hours.

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