Surveying Engineering Technology
Maine College of Engineering and Computing
Surveying engineering technology is a practice-focused program that provides students with the foundation to embark on a rewarding career as a professional land surveyor.
Obtaining a surveying engineering technology degree at the University of Maine provides numerous benefits, including a first-class surveying education where 98% of the graduates pass their fundamentals of land surveying exam before graduating. The average UMaine class size in surveying engineering technology is 15 students.
UMaine’s School of Engineering Technology focuses on the construction management, surveying, electrical and mechanical disciplines. Engineering technology is project-oriented and practical with a curriculum that focuses on fundamental, technical and management aspects. Students learn through applied technical courses and hands-on laboratories, and benefit from UMaine’s close working relationship with industry.
Students can obtain experience during the summer working for private land surveyors and government agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management. Summer experience has been available in all New England states, Alaska, California, Wyoming, Montana, California, Florida and Nevada. Experience encompasses deed research, computer-aided design, project management, project planning, boundary surveying, photogrammetry, global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) engineering technology provides the knowledge required to apply state-of-the-art techniques and designs to meet the needs of society.
UMaine’s surveying engineering technology (SVT) program boasts outstanding faculty licensed in multiple states. Two are also licensed as professional engineers and one is an attorney at law. Two faculty members have been awarded the top surveying teaching award in the nation. Two have received the prestigious Surveyor of the Year Award from state surveying societies, and one was voted by his peers to be one of the top 25 most influential surveyors in the nation.
Graduates are employed across the United States — from remote rural areas to large cities; from government agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management, to private practice; from one-person firms to large multidiscipline companies. Starting salaries range from $28,000 to $70,000 a year, depending on the location.
Alumni are usually employed as technicians and quickly progress to project management roles (party chiefs). Within two to four years many graduates obtain their professional land surveying license and supervise surveying services or departments. Many own and operate their own firms after 10 years of practice. Surveying was practiced by presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.