Friday – January 18, 2019

Surveying and Mapping (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma 
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Science, Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-607-1


Overview –This program prepares students to perform surveying and mapping duties used in construction, boundary location, road building, mapmaking and other purposes.

Students learn to measure, analyze, manage, and present spatial data using state-of-the-art surveying equipment and CAD software. As a surveying technician, program graduates can expect to work under the direction of an engineer or surveyor to operate surveying equipment, record measurements, and produce drawings showing boundaries, key locations, elevations and other terrain features.


Career Pathway – After earning this technical diploma, the credits can be applied toward completing the Civil Engineering Technology associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


Career Outlook – Surveying and mapping technicians are needed in all phases of construction, and employer demand is good in the current job market.

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes 

Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Use surveying instruments to collect data on location
  • Operate Trimble data collection systems, GPS receivers and robotic total stations
  • Use Autodesk Civil 3-D software to draft and analyze traverse field data
  • Have ability to do basic drawings of circular horizontal curves, vertical curves, plans, profiles and cross-sections

Admission Requirements 

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level algebra (grade C or higher)
  • Course placement assessment of basic skills proficiency

Possible Careers
Surveying and Mapping Technician
Land Surveyor
Construction Inspector


Related Program
Civil Engineering Technology


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.





(1)  CIVIL-101

Civil Engineering Drawing




(1)  CIVIL-105

Computer Applications




(1)  CIVIL-155

Surveying 1




(1)  CIVIL-102

Introduction to AutoCAD




(1)  MATH-115

College Technical Mathematics 1 ‡





  (or) MATH-201 College Algebra ‡




(2)  CIVIL-156

Surveying 2 ‡




(2)  CIVIL-106

Intermediate AutoCAD ‡




(2)  ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡





  (or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡




(2)  NATSCI-137

Comprehensive Technical Physics




  (or) Any 200-series NATSCI course

  (3)  CIVIL-157 Route and Highway Surveying ‡


  (3)  CIVIL-110 Introduction to Civil-3D





‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated March 2017.