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2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Survey Engineering Technology

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The Survey Engineering Technology program trains individuals to enter a career in professional surveying. The program is designed to provide a graduate with sufficient skills to enter surveying practice and succeed.

The Survey Engineering Technology program provides quality instruction in surveying and engineering topics blended with business and communications. The objective of the program is fulfilled by providing students with a foundation in mathematics, science, communications, social science, and humanities; coupled with topics in plane surveying, construction surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, boundary law, civil engineering technology, cadastral surveying, global positioning systems, land development design, and geographic information systems. Upon graduation students can expect to be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply acquired knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of surveying practice to emerging applications of surveying using mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to provide and improve surveying services.
  • Apply creativity appropriate to the surveying process by functioning effectively on teams that solve technical problems, through effective communications and application of surveying engineering technology.
  • Have the ability to pursue lifelong learning and have a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement in the profession of surveying.
  • Recognize professional, societal, ethical, and global responsibilities while respecting diversity.

The student is taught a variety of surveying topics in a highly technical and rigorous curriculum. The primary focus is educating students to enter a rewarding career as a professional land surveyor. Students that enjoy outdoor activities will enjoy a career in land surveying.

Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of 126 credits at an accumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 overall.  Students must also achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in all required SVT/CET courses.  The SVT program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Selected surveying specific courses in the SVT curriculum are CET 101 (Plane Surveying) and CET 202 (Construction Surveying).  These course descriptions can be found under the Construction Management Technology course descriptions of the catalog.

The recommended sequence of the four-year curriculum is outlined below.  Copies can be obtained in the School of Engineering Technology office.


Incoming students are required to have a laptop computer.  Visit our website at www.umaine.edu/set for recommended configuration details.

Special Option for foreign students receiving a BS in Surveying Engineering Technology (SVT)

The courses, 

  • SVT 221 Boundary Surveying 3 cr.,
  • SVT 322 Preparing Effective Property Descriptions 1 cr.,
  • SVT 329 Site Planning and Subdivision Design 1 cr.,
  • SVT 418 Fundamentals of Surveying Exam Overview 1 cr.,
  • Fundamentals of Surveying Exam 0 cr. required for graduation,

are preparation for licensure as a land surveyor in the United States and may not apply to a foreign student who plans on surveying outside of the United States.  Therefore it is possible for a foreign student to not take these courses but instead select from the following list.  The total number of credits taken from this list must equal or exceed 6 credits.  Note these courses are also program electives but in this case cannot be counted towards that total if substituting for the above 6 credits.

  • CET 211 Static & Strengths of Materials 4 cr.
  • CET 212 Structural Design 4 cr.
  • CIE 110/11 Materials & Materials Lab 4 cr.
  • EET 330 Electrical Applications 4 cr.
  • MET 433 Thermodynamics 3 cr.
  • any SIE course (adding to Geographic Information Systems knowledge)

Obviously a foreign student can choose the present curriculum taken by U.S. students.  These substitutions must be approved by the SVT program coordinator before they are taken.

Suggested Curriculum for the B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology

Second Year - Second Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

Students must see their advisor for approval of all electives.

1Lists of approved courses that meet the General Education requirements and Program Electives are available in 119 Boardman Hall.

2General Education Requirement Electives do not have to be taken in the order shown. One of the Human Values/Social Context electives must fulfill the Ethics requirement.  List of approved courses that meet the General Education requirements are avvailable in 119 Boradman Hall.

3May substitute FTY 208 - Forest Surveying and Mapping with permission of advisor.

4ENG 417, ENG 418, and ENG 496 can be substituted for ENG 212 - Persuasive and Analytical Writing - only with advisor approval.  

5SVT 221 fulfills Western Cultural Traditions Elective.

 6Communication classes such as CMJ201, CMJ202, CMJ236, CMJ250, CMJ257, CMJ324, CMJ345, CMJ347, CMJ367 may fulfill the Advanced Communication elective

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