Surveying

Available on the Vincennes campus

The focus of Vincennes University's two-year Surveying Program is to help you succeed. In doing so, the department's Equipment Room features the latest in total station technology as well as historic instruments such as transits and dumpy levels. Instruction begins with "throw" chains, transits and dumpy level and advances to the newest technology available.

The mission of the Surveying Technology Department at VU is to fulfill its students and graduates with "the passion to be successful in the profession of surveying,to be part of the team that gets the job done with the highest quality possible and with the most efficient methods available".

Career opportunities are not limited to the typical field technician associated with surveying. Career opportunities include CAD positions in design, layout, Right-of-way acquisition specialist and mapping. The majority of career opportunities begin in the surveying technician role. Because of these opportunities, surveying and it's career opportunities are not gender biased.  With the completion of classes, as well as work experience, it is possible to become a Licensed Land Surveyor in Indiana.


STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE PROGRAM:
To help develop student leadership and to enhance learning, the Surveying Program offers an active Surveying Club which is sponsored by the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Work-study and peer tutor opportunities are also encouraged for all students.

The Surveying Program sponsors awards and scholarships to students that have demonstrated Academic and Professional excellence, while in the program.

TRANSFER OPTIONS:
Additional education is not required to find a quality career position. The Surveying faculty encourage students to pursue personal positions of leadership and responsibility within the profession. Additionally, the program provides opportunities for students to transfer directly to other post-secondary institutions such as IUPUI and Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan.

EMPLOYMENT:
Typical Employers include:

  • A to B Surveying, Vincennes, IN
  • E.R. Gray & Associates, Columbus, IN
  • Bernardin - Lochmueller & Associates, Inc. ,Evansville, IN
  • R.W. Gross & Associates, Inc., Lafayette, IN
  • MSE Corporation, Indianapolis, IN
  • American Consulting Engineers, Inc.,Indianapolis, IN
  • Blankenbeker & Son, Jeffersonville, IN
  • Morley & Associates Engineers/Land Surveyors ,Evansville, IN
  • The Schneider Corporation, Indianapolis, Avon, and Lafayette, IN
  • Department of Natural Resources, Indianapolis
  • United Consulting Engineers & Architects,Indianapolis
  • United Surveying, Indianapolis
  • Beam, Longest, & Neff, Inc., Indianapolis
  • Woolpert, Indianapolis

EQUIPMENT:
The VU Surveying Technology equipment room is well equipped with the latest technology. This technology includes Leica, Trimble, and Topcon Total Stations along with Trimble and Ashtech GPS units. 

Students receive advanced training in computer-aided drafting using the latest versions of AutoCAD and Carlson Software.   Along with the total stations there are enough accessories to outfit fourteen 2-man crews. Although VU has the newest technology, every Freshmen class begins with "throw" chains, transits and dumpy levels. The objective of the program is to provide the Surveying profession with an educated employee who is profitable to that company DAY ONE. As a result, graduates are provided many employment opportunities at a higher than average salary and at a location of their choice.

For more information, please contact Bill Clark at 812-888-5865 or bclark@vinu.edu.

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Mission Statement and Program Outcomes