• Survey Technician

    Prepare to work with the state-of-the-art surveying equipment that provides the foundation for a wide variety of civil engineering and public works projects.


Survey Technician

M State's diploma program provides students with the hands-on training for a career as a survey technician. Students who desire to continue their education can move seamlessly into M State's AAS degree in Civil Engineering.

Our 33-credit Survey Technician program includes a basic study of civil engineering surveying, including set-up and use of equipment, surveying principles and surveying practices. You'll gain background in property and land surveys, construction project design, level surveys, total station and global positioning equipment, and road design and construction principles.

Both Survey Technician and Civil Engineering Technology are offered on our Detroit Lakes campus.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Preparation of civil construction drawings usingCADD software
  • Selection of appropriate survey techniques
  • Necessary computer skills
  • Creation of construction, legal and topographical surveys
  • Effective communication skills
  • Documentation of processes and procedures during on-site inspections
  • Design criteria for road design


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Strong industry support
  • Service learning projects and field trips enhance course work

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Survey Technician Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes

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Required Survey Technician diploma courses

  • Blueprint Reading I
  • Fundamentals of CADD
  • Survey I and II
  • Construction Inspection
  • Road Design
  • College Writing
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Office Systems and Equipment
  • Intermediate Algebra

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 09:50am