Surveyors are experts at measurement. They establish official land boundaries; write descriptions of land for deeds, easements and leases; and measure construction and mineral sites. Students in the surveying program will be trained to operate surveying equipment, including automatic levels, total stations, and global positioning system (GPS) receivers. Instruction covers procedures and computations involved in boundary, route and construction surveys, as well as preparing legal documents, plats, maps, and reports.
Students graduating with the Associate of Applied Science degree are recommended to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam soon after graduation. Passing the FS exam earns one a professional license as a surveyor intern (SI). After receiving board-approved experience while working in the surveying industry, individuals are allowed to take the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PPS) exam. Passing the PPS exam is the final step in the process of becoming a professional surveyor (PS).
- Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department
- U.S. Corps of Engineers
- Private companies
- Independent surveying business owner/operator (after gaining experience and passage of the Principles and Practices of Surveying Exam)