Field Surveying Technician

Any kind of land development or construction begins with a careful measuring and study of the land. This work is done by land surveyors, one of the most ancient trades in human history. This program prepares students for work as field survey technicians, starting with "chain person" and advancing to "instrument person" or "party chief." Students will learn field survey techniques, calculation, and office skills through extensive hands-on training using a variety of up-to-date instruments, including total stations with data collectors, hand-held calculators, and computers.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, Spring

Field Surveying Technician

Certificate of Completion: 
3 Quarters
40 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday & Tuesday

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Does not reflect Winter 2021 remote learning. Hours vary according to program. For the most current information, see the Class Schedule.

Martin Paquette

Entry Requirements

Admission Recommendations


Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
SUR 101 Control Surveying 4
SUR 102 Topographic Surveying 4
SUR 103 Construction Surveying 4
SUR 145 Public Land System I 3
SUR 150 CAD for Surveying I 4
SUR 164 Field Survey Calculations 4
SUR 174 Office Computer Applications 2
SUR 175 Communications 3
SUR 181 Human Relations 2
AMATH 179J Basic Mathematics for Field Surveying 4
AMATH 189J Intermediate Mathematics for Field Surveying 4
  Total 40


Program Outcomes

  • Participate fully in field crew activities.
  • Be an effective team member.
  • Communicate effectively in written form.
  • Solve applied math problems.
  • Prepare complete field records.
  • Participate fully in data processing.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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