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Begin Date: Summer 2011
End Date: Spring 2017

Surveying Engineering Technology

University College: Penn State Wilkes-Barre (2 SRT)

PROFESSOR FRANK DERBY, Program Coordinator, Penn State Wilkes-Barre
PROFESSOR IVAN E. ESPARRAGOZA, Director of Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering, Penn State Brandywine
PROFESSOR SVEN BILÉN, Head, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, Penn State University Park

The Surveying Engineering Technology major provides the basic undergraduate education required for private and public service as a technician in the surveying profession. Basic knowledge is provided in the areas of boundary, construction, topographic, and photogrammetric surveying. The curriculum is designed to develop an individual understanding of the skills and equipment needed to make precise surveying measurements.

Program Educational Objectives

Specific educational objectives of the program are to prepare graduates who, after the first few years of their surveying careers:

  1. Proficiently apply basic principles and methods of surveying practice to perform surveys and analyze results
  2. Effectively convey technical and professional information in written, verbal, and graphic forms, as individuals and as members of a professional team
  3. Demonstrate their recognition of the importance of professional organizations for their development as surveying technologists
  4. Demonstrate their recognition of the need for continuous, life-long learning

Program Outcomes (Students Outcomes)

The SRT program has adopted for its program student outcomes the following outcomes as listed in the general criteria of the TAC of ABET “Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs, 2012-2013.”  Each program must demonstrate that graduates have:

a) an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;
b) an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;
c) an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;
d) an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;
e) an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;
f)  an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
g) an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
h) an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and
i)  a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Also adopted are the following TAC of ABET’s Program Criteria for Surveying/Geomatics Engineering Technology Programs, 2012-2013. Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates are capable of:

a) Utilizing modern measurement technologies to acquire spatial data;
b) Employing industry-standard software to solve technical problems.

Graduates of the Surveying Engineering Technology major may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Surveying Engineering at Penn State Wilkes-Barre or Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology at Penn State Harrisburg.

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Surveying Engineering Technology, a minimum of 67 to 70 credits is required. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(12 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.)

SUR 111(4)[1], SUR 162(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
SUR 212(4), SUR 222(3), SUR 241(3), SUR 262(2), SUR 272(3)[1], SUR 313(3), SUR 362(3), SUR 372(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (27-30 credits)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
EDSGN 100(3); or EGT 101(1), EGT 102(1) and ET 002(1) (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) or ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 022 GQ(3) and MATH 026 GQ(3); or MATH 040 GQ(5) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 150 GN(3) or PHYS 211 GN(4) or PHYS 250 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 151(3) or PHYS 212 GN(4) or PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-06-070

Review Date: 04/12/2011

UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07



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