Blinn's Site Survey Layout Technician Program begins Oct. 23 at the RELLIS Campus

Surveying Technicians earn a median salary of $44,380 per year

October 1, 2019

The Blinn College District is now enrolling students for its upcoming Site Survey Technician Program in time for a new class set to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Surveying technicians visit sites to take measurements, collect data, make maps of the Earth’s surface, and assist land surveyors. The skills developed during the Site Survey Layout Technician Program serve as a foundation for technicians who may choose to continue their education and become land surveyors.

This five-week program consists of two courses that run concurrently. Those who successfully complete the program will earn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10-Hour Certification, the Texas Department of Transportation Flagger and Traffic Control Supervisor certifications, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research Sight Layout I credential.

“Blinn College’s Site Survey Layout Technician Program offers valuable training that prepares individuals to not only be a qualified candidate for our industry but provides a foundation for them to build a career,” said Douglas Bramwell, P.E., RPLS, and Senior Vice President of Survey Practice with the engineering firm Jones and Carter. “In order to fill numerous entry-level positions at companies throughout Texas, the land surveying industry needs field technicians who can operate survey equipment to obtain field measurements and possess a basic knowledge of land surveying calculations.”

Students who complete the program will be trained as site survey layout technicians and have the basic knowledge to obtain entry-level positions in the land surveyor field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, surveying technicians earn a median pay of $44,380 per year, or $21.34 per hour. The market expects to hire an additional 3,100 technicians between 2018 and 2028, a 5% growth in the job market.

The Site Survey Layout Technician Program is divided into two $1,600 courses. The 96-hour first course runs Oct. 23 through Nov. 7 and meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This introduction gives students an overview of the surveying profession and reviews the history and mathematics used in surveying.

The 104-hour second course runs Nov. 8-26 and meets from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This portion of the program addresses surveying equipment, sketches, proper field note taking, methods of staking, layout of a building site, and establishing horizontal and vertical controls.

“This program gives students an opportunity to learn the theories and law behind site layout surveying so they may have a better understanding of the industry,” Instructor Justin Roberts said. “The training and certifications these individuals receive will allow them to become more marketable to employers and can lead to higher job placement.”

Instruction follows curriculum guidelines set forth by the NCCER. Students have access to approximately $60,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment surveyors work with on a day-to-day basis in the field, including data collectors, GPS receivers, topographic stations, levels and level rods, and hardware tools.

This program was made possible with the support of Gessner Engineering, Jones and Carter, Hodde & Hodde Land Surveying, and Kimley-Horn.

To register for the program or to learn more about how Blinn’s Site Survey Layout Technician Program prepares students for this high-demand career, visit the Post Office Campus at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan or call 979-830-7652.

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