Associate in Applied Science

Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology

Contact Information 

Jeff Jelinek, program coordinator
Horton Hall 242

Delivery Methods 

Face-to-Face: Wahpeton
Online: Some classes

The Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology program is designed to prepare students for work as engineering and surveying technicians in construction-related industries, allowing graduates to pursue a broad range of careers related to surveying, civil drafting, and material testing. Upon graduation, students can be employed with state, county, and city engineering offices as well as private agencies such as consulting engineers, land surveyors and construction contractors.

Students are provided with experiences emphasizing surveying, civil drafting, and material testing. Surveying courses give students the opportunity to learn how to operate the latest technology used in distance and angle measurement. Surveying drawings and maps are developed using enhanced computer-aided drafting programs (CAD). In addition, students take courses in communications, human relations, computers and technical mathematics, which will help provide them with the skills to advance in their careers.

Green and/or sustainable construction is covered at an awareness level in the materials testing classes and the design classes.

While students are fully employable upon completion of this program, students interested in pursuing an advanced degree will find the Associate in Applied Science degree in Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology provides transfer options to four-year colleges and universities in related fields such as land surveying and construction management.

NOTE: This program requires a ZBOOK Laptop or equivalent. Please refer to the NDSCS website for specifications.  For further information, call Randy Stach, department chair, at 701-671-2116.

Admission Requirements*

The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Students considered for acceptance must complete all admission requirements.

Please Note: Students are placed into English, math and reading courses based on ACT, ACCUPLACER or other nationally recognized tests. Please see for the NDSCS Course Placement Policy and testing information. Students may be on an extended plan of study pending their course placement.

*Program Admission Requirements are subject to revision. Please check the department or program website under Program Admission Requirements for current information.


Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology.

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