Land Surveying Technician/Geospatial Science

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 one-year online program follows the Field Surveying Technician certificate program to prepare graduates for their Professional Land Surveyor licenses. Students will learn to use computer software for survey reduction, coordinating geometry, and drafting. They will also practice land and field survey practices using instrument such as data collectors and GPS. The second-year program is also available to those who are working in the field but want to gain the education to be licensed.

Enrollment Point: Fall or instructor permission

Certificate of Completion: 
3 Quarters
47 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6+ Quarters
124 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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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.


Flexible online modules

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Martin Paquette

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • Completion of the Field Survey Technician certificate program.

Admission Recommendations

  • Counselor and instructor interview.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
MATH& 141 Precalculus 5
SUR 205 Survey Adjustments 3
SUR 235 Boundary Law 4
SUR 242 Legal Descriptions 4
SUR 245 Public Land System II 5
SUR 247 Emerging Technologies 3
SUR 248 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
SUR 249 Survey Research and Project Planning 3
SUR 251 Advanced Computer Applications 5
SUR 255 Global Navigation Satellite Systems 3
SUR 256 Land Development 3
SUR 257 Geodetic Surveying 4
SUR 281 Business Fundamentals and Ethics 2
  Total 47
Additional Requirements for AAS Degree
  Field Surveying Technician Certificate 62
General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 124

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Land Surveying-Geospatial Science Program:

  • 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
  • Practice professional code of ethics


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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