Note: The LAND core courses (ETLS) begin only in the fall of odd years and the spring of even years (see course descriptions.) An alternate option is to take the Land Surveying Certificate.
The Community College of Rhode Island, in conjunction with the R.I. State Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors and Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors, has developed an associate degree in Land Surveying Technology at CCRI. The degree program meets the educational requirements that are need to become a Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT).
Surveyors work to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership or governmental purpose. They work closely with engineering, construction and legal professionals. They provide data for geographical information systems and computer databases that contain data on land features and boundaries. They work both outdoors and indoors. Although frequently associated with outdoor work, surveyors spend as much, if not more, time inside researching before field work as well as organizing and mapping data afterward.
Surveying is the measurement of dimensional relationships among points, lines and physical features on or near the Earth's surface. It determines horizontal distances, elevation differences, directions and angles, all of which then can be used to establish locations in relation to established coordinate systems. Areas and volumes are frequently determined. Construction layout is an important aspect of land surveying as well as wetland and flood zone delineation.
Surveyors use elements of geometry, engineering, trigonometry, mathematics, physics and law in their work. Just as the opportunities for an electrical, civil or mechanical engineer are varied, surveying work is determined more by which career path and employer a surveyor chooses to work with than by the title on the degree. But for someone who likes constantly changing projects, using math and science to figure out unique solutions and a rewarding and challenging career, land surveying is a great place to be.