What education is needed to become a land surveyor

Because a land surveyor’s work involved geography, mathematics and engineering, students who are interested in pursuing a career in this field are required to have a formal undergraduate education at a university. The degree that is directly applicable to this position is geomatics, and the program generally falls under the faculty of civil engineering at a college.
Students who are applying for a geomatics engineering program should research carefully on the school’s admission requirements prior to submitting an application. Unlike the faculty of arts where the admission requirements are more general, entrance to the faculty of engineering generally requires high school prerequisites because the university level courses are a continuation of what you have learned in secondary school. Some of the courses which may be required include physics, math and perhaps another science or even geography.
A bachelors degree in engineering is often a four year program which is usually offered in classroom setting rather than an online format. During the program, students will be exposed to engineering principles and theories in class and lab settings. In addition, depending on the school, some students are required to take internships as a way to apply what they have learned to a hands-on setting. Here are some of the courses which students can expect to take in a geomatics program:
• Principles of Geomatics: These courses are designed to provide an overview of the principles involved in geomatics and how the environment impacts the measurements which students take to determine boundaries.
• Engineering Surveying: Students will learn about surveying techniques in these courses which are designed to be complimentary to civil engineering courses taken in the program.
• GIS for Engineers: Students will learn about geographic information systems including data structures and algorithms, modeling, visualization as well as data analysis techniques.
• Urban Planning: These courses are designed to provide an overview of the factors involved in urban planning, including population density, essential services, social welfare amenities. Students will learn how urban landscape combined with social requirements can impact how boundaries are determined in various neighbourhoods.
• Environmental Sustainability: Sustainability in construction and engineering are becoming increasingly important when it comes to urban planning projects. Students will learn about the principles used in creating green projects and some of the guidelines required for a project to be rendered sustainable and what companies are looking for in order to achieve their corporate sustainability goals.
Following their undergraduate programs, students may choose to take graduate studies to further their career in geomatics or they may choose to work and upgrade their skills through professional development courses which may also satisfy their licensing agreements. Whichever path you decide to choose, make sure it is one about which you are passionate. For more information on the admission requirements or the curriculum of a geomatics program, please contact your high school counselor or the admissions department of the school which offers such a program.
1. Minor in Land Surveying. Purdue University. https://engineering.purdue.edu/CE/Academics/Groups/Geomatics/LS_Minor_Program.pdf

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