Area of Instruction
Degrees and Certifications
B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University
A.A.S., Civil Engineering, Spokane Community College
Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification
Degrees & Classes
If you’d like to prepare for a career in a growing field that won’t confine you to an office, then check out the Geomatic Engineering Technology associate degree program at Bellingham Technical College. You can put your math and computer skills to work as a surveying and mapping technician or land surveyor in a construction firm; a surveying and engineering firm; a mining, oil or gas company; a public utility; or a government agency, such as U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Natural Resources, the Bureau of Land Management, or the U.S. Forestry Service.
BTC’s associate degree in Geomatics includes training in GIS, autoCAD and GPS skills, as well as gain a working knowledge of Washington laws and standards related to surveying, boundaries and map preparation.
AAS: Take 98 credits of academic, engineering, and technology classes and graduate with your associate degree in Geomatic Engineering Technology, ready for mapping and surveying jobs.
Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to increase faster than average nationally, and geomatics job openings will continue to result from the need to replace surveyors who retire.
Most Geomatic Engineering Technology program graduates work as surveying and mapping technicians and find jobs in direct field service. Jobs also are available at construction companies, private surveying and engineering firms, mining and extraction companies, public utilities, and city, county, state, and federal government agencies.
The average annual wage for geomatics jobs is $62,913, with an earning potential of about $73,878 per year.*
Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is expected to increase faster than average nationally. Job openings will continue to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force altogether.
About 73% of BTC Surveying & Mapping students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $62,913, with an earning potential of about $73,878 per year.*
Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.
Most program graduates work as surveying and mapping technicians and are employed in direct field service. Opportunities exist in construction companies, private surveying and engineering firms, mining, oil, and gas extraction companies, public utilities, and city, county, state, and federal government agencies (i.e., U.S. Forestry Department, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, and Bureau of Land Management).
|AMATH 111||Applied Technical Math||5 credits|
This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5 credits|
A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.
|CMST& 210||Interpersonal Communications||5 credits|
Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5 credits|
Introduction to communication theory and public speaking emphasizing organization, audience analysis, oral styles, and use of visual aids. Includes presentation of various types of public speeches and analyses of contemporary speeches.
|CTE 108||Job Skills||1 credits|
This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.
|ENGR 100||Engineering Orientation||2 credits|
This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.
|ENGR& 104||Introduction To Engineering & Design||5 credits|
Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.
|ENGR 115||Graphics||5 credits|
This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.
|ENGT 134||AutoCAD I||5 credits|
This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.
|ENGT 135||AutoCAD II||5 credits|
This course is a continuation of AutoCAD I and utilizes intermediate drawing and editing tools. Coursework includes generating and editing dimensions and tolerances in CAD, methods for creating isometric drawings, paperspace techniques for printing/plotting to scale, applications and procedures for creating attributed blocks, creation of table, and the applications and procedures for using external references.
|CET 102||Fundamentals Of Surveying I||5 credits|
Emphasis is placed on familiarization with the different types of surveys and their purpose and teaches the student to be able to differentiate between “accuracy” and “precision.” It teaches the student to measure distances in a vertical direction and relate these measurements to a datum plane or elevation from sea level. Course also teaches the student how to measure directions from known points to find or establish other points and will enable the student to gain necessary skills in operating surveying instruments.
|CET 103||Fundamentals Of Surveying II||5 credits|
Emphasis on field work with the Total Station and Digital Level. A traverse will be run and adjusted and a topo made of the enclosed ground.
|CET 110||Construction And Highway Surveys||5 credits|
Students will learn stakeout procedures for a variety of construction projects. In addition, the students will develop techniques to help the student learn to use horizontal and vertical curves in the field and office to join tangent lines.
|CET 120||Zoning, Permitting & Platting||5 credits|
Introduction to Whatcom County and City of Bellingham zoning ordinances and an introduction to the various state, county, and city permits associated with construction and land use in Whatcom County.
|CET 141||Fundamentals Of GIS & GPS||5 credits|
Students develop knowledge and designing skills in topology, features, attributes, relational operators, data capture, coverage editing, coordinate systems, and map projections.
|CET 142||Intermediate GIS||5 credits|
An introduction to desktop mapping, focusing on the use of ArcView software in Geographic Information Systems applications.
|CET 143||Advanced GIS Applications||5 credits|
An advanced course in desktop mapping focusing on the use of the extensions in Geographic Information Systems applications.
|CET 210||Boundary Law & Land Description||5 credits|
Explores the importance of various laws dealing with the survey of land boundaries, and the State and Federal laws about ownership and title.
|CET 215||Environmental Mapping||5 credits|
Coursework includes current industry mapping techniques and equipment as it relates to environmental issues such as wetlands mapping and habitat restoration.
|CET 220||GPS Systems||5 credits|
Global Positioning System software will be used to adjust raw field data collected with Trimble 4000 SST receivers.
|CET 225||Advanced Survey Seminar||5 credits|
Offers opportunities for the second year student to study advanced techniques in GPS, GIS, Data Collection, Research, and Surveying/ Mapping Software. The structure is self-motivated and supports transition from college structure to jobs in the Surveying and Mapping profession.
|CET 251||AutoCAD Civil 3D I||5 credits|
Study and use of the Civil Engineering and Survey industry-specific CAD software for computer aided drafting. Focuses on land development and survey applications with AutoCAD on Civil/Survey specific software applications.