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Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology
Surveying and geomatics engineering
technologists collect data in the field and using it to calculate mapmaking information for use in performing computations and computer-aided drafting. They usually work an 8-hour day, 5 days a week, and may spend a lot of time outdoors. Sometimes they work longer hours during the summer, when weather and light conditions are most suitable for fieldwork. Seasonal demands for longer hours are related to demand for specific surveying services. For example, construction-related work may be limited during times of inclement weather and aerial photography is most effective when the leaves are off the trees. They work for national government agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service or the U.S. Bureau of Land Management; for national, city, state, or county highway departments; and for large and small engineering and surveying firms.

Those interested in a career in surveying and geomatics engineering technology should consider reviewing engineering technology programs that are accredited by ABET, Inc. However, there are many ET programs not yet accredited by ABET, so check with your local community college or university for more information. If you choose to attend a program that is not ABET accredited, you should be sure that the university is regionally accredited. Students take courses such as computer applications in surveying, land information systems, surveying drafting, construction surveying, fundamentals of cartography and photogrammetry/imaging, and mapping and GIS software. 

Professional Organizations

American Association for Geodetic Surveying

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
Geographic and Land Information Society
International Federation of Surveyors

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
National Society of Professional Surveyors

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.



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