Land Surveying/Civil Engineering

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

If you love the outdoors and the idea of not being chained to a desk, the Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology program may be the perfect fit.

Students will learn surveying and drafting techniques, along with design and construction practices that involve sewer, water, streets, roads, and land surveying. Grads will be skilled in modern surveying equipment, computer applications, computer-aided drafting and design, and surveying methods.

As an essential part of city, county, state, and federal infrastructure, you can put a land surveying/civil engineering degree to work for government agencies like the MN Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, counties, and larger cities. Or you can plan a career with private engineering or architectural firms, surveying firms, highway or road contractors, and utility contractors.

Land Survey at SCTCC
Land Survey/Civil Engineering student
from Brainerd, MN
Land Surveying/Civil Engineering
Employers are coming to our school and seeking us out. In the next 5 years, MnDOT alone will have 40% of their employees retiring.
Land Survey at SCTCC
Land Survey at SCTCC
Land Survey/Civil Engineering student
from Stillwater, MN
Land Surveying/Civil Engineering
I chose Land surveying and civil engineering because of my love of the outdoors. This was a great program for me to stay outside, where I'm most comfortable.
Land Survey at SCTCC

Skills Acquired

  • Use engineering design and CAD skills in the creation of infrastructure plans 
  • Operate surveying instruments properly 
  • Ability to review, interpret, and understand computations, field methods, and design procedures of Civil Engineering and Land Surveying 
  • Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities 
  • Work successfully as a team member  
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

Career Choices

Types of Careers

  • Land Surveying Technician 
  • Civil Engineering Technician 

Potential Employers

  • Government Agencies:  City, County, State (MnDOT, DNR), and Federal 
  • Private: Engineering/architectural firms, Surveying firms, materials testing firms, highway/road contractors, and utility contractors 
  • CADD Drafter/Designer 
  • Construction Inspector 
  • Materials Testing Technician

Where Grads Work

  • Marco
  • MN Department of Transportation     
  • Short, Elliott, Hendrickson, Inc.         
  • Widseth, Smith, Nolting         
  • Bogart, Pederson                    
  • Westwood Professional Services        
  • O’malley & Kron                    
  • Benton County                       
  • Kramer, Leas, Deleo               
  • Kraemer Trucking & Excavating        
  • Ramsey County                      
  • Mcleod County                       
  • Hakanson Anderson               
  • Stearns County                       
  • Carlson McCain, Inc.  



Students who complete the Land Survey/Civil Engineering program at SCTCC can transfer easily to St. Cloud State University for a bachelor's degree in Land Surveying & Mapping Science.

A dual-enrollment option with St. Cloud State University offers a path to a bachelor’s degree in Land Surveying while taking classes at SCTCC to save time and tuition costs. Please contact Sean Clark or Dan Kvaal if you'd like to know more about how dual enrollment works.

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Contact Us

Sean Clark, PE
Office: 320-308-5012

Dan Kvaal, LSIT
Office: 320-308-5061

Program Costs

 In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect to pay $2795-2995 for books, supplies, and materials.

Program Scholarship

The following scholarships are specific to Land Survey/Civil Engineering students:

  • Josh Scepaniak Memorial Endowment
  • Westwood Professionals
  • MN Society of Professional Surveyors - 5 scholarships at $1,700 - $2,200
  • City Engineers Association of MN - 2 scholarships at $1,000
  • American Council of Engineering Companies - 1-2 scholarships at $2,000 - $2,500
  • American Public Works Association - 5 scholarships at $1,000
  • MN County Engineers Association - 4 scholarships at $1,000
  • MN Surveyors & Engineers Society 

Apply just once and students are considered for all eligible SCTCC Scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

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