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Land Surveying Science Technology

Associate Degree Program - 66 Credits

Land Surveying Science Technicians use a variety of tools to take precise measurements to determine property lines. Their work defining the shape and contour of land is used for maps, building projects and engineering. As a top surveyor, you will utilize your strong mathematical skills as well as make use of Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

You also will need to be detail-oriented as you take precise measurements, inspect property sites and perform data analysis. In just two years, you could be starting your surveying career! Other duties for you as a professional Land Surveying Science Technician might include: 

  • Researching survey records and land titles 
  • Presenting findings to stakeholders 
  • Collaborating with civil engineers, architects and contractors
  • Traveling to property sites 
  • Preparing maps and reports 

Are you a problem-solver? Land surveying frequently requires figuring out discrepancies between documents and current property conditions. Your critical-thinking skills and ability to communication will help you succeed. 

Approved for Licensure 

Southeast Tech’s Land Surveying Science Technology program is the only Accredited Land Surveying Program in South Dakota with the 24 approved land surveying credits required for licensure.

Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Land Surveying Science program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2023 graduates.*

* View details and methodology of the Graduate Outcome Report.

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Takeaways from Your Coursework  

As a Land Surveying Science Technician, you will create site plans, maps, survey plats, utility drawings and 3D drawings using computer-aided drafting software. Your work will include performing calculations in geodesy, projections, astronomic surveys and photogrammetry.

Why Study Land Surveying Science at Southeast Tech?  

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) highlighted Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 2016 as one of the top 10 programs advancing licensure. You will study in STC's George S. Mickelson Center throughout this program. Your coursework also helps you:

Work toward your License: Students in their final semester and graduates of STC’s Land Surveyor program may apply for the Fundamentals of Land Surveying Exam.

Think Critically: With the help of your STC faculty, you will learn to use surveying tools and robotic measuring equipment and robotic and GNSS instruments.

Gain Professionalism: As a top Land Surveying Technician from Southeast Tech, you will have a strong work ethic and conduct yourself in a positive, professional manner. As a lifelong learner, you will benefit professionally from keeping current through online courses on new technology.

Where Will you Work as a Surveyor?

Southeast Tech land surveying science technicians find positions in construction and engineering companies as well as in federal, state, county and city survey departments. Graduates work as land surveyors, CAD technicians and GPS specialist and sales.

Job Outlook

Explore Classes 

Southeast Tech’s curriculum for surveyor includes classes in Algebra and Trigonometry, Survey, Intro to Geodetic Survey, CAD III Roadway Corridors, and Research and Platting. 



Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Paul Letsche

Civil Engineering/Land Surveying Technology
Mickelson Center 262

Elizabeth Kassing

Civil Engineering/Land Surveying Technology
Mickelson Center 262

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