Where math meets the outdoors! If you like math, computing, and the outdoors, you may well suited to be a Geospatial Engineer.
Many different industries require the expertise of Geospatial Engineers including architectural firms, engineering firms, government agencies, real estate sales agencies and mining companies to name a few. There are a vast number of industries that rely on the geospatial data and products that Geospatial Engineers provide and the need is increasing with advances in technology. Geospatial Engineers are experts in measurement and management of data. Geospatial Engineers design, develop and operate systems for collecting and analyzing geospatial information about the land, waterbodies, natural resources and man-made features.
Geospatial Engineering students will learn about geospatial systems and spatial data acquisition technologies by means of high-precision optical and electromechanical instruments, satellite and aerial remote earth observation systems, aerial and terrestrial Lidar, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The curriculum includes the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), High Definition Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as well as traditional Surveying technologies.
The Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Engineering prepares students to be successful in taking the “Fundamentals of Surveying” exam, your first step toward licensure as a professional surveyor. Students may also seek certification as a Geographic Information System Profession (GISP), Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), Certified Hydrographer or Mapping Scientist.
You can choose from two concentrations on your way to a degree:
- Professional Surveying, prepares students to become State Licensed Professional Surveyors. Core focus is tied to the accurate location of real property boundaries, data capture of the natural/man-made objects on the earth's surface, and digital mapping for use in design or planning.
- Geoinformatics, prepares students to manage large volumes of digital geo-information that can be stored, manipulated, visualized, analyzed, and shared. Core focus involves applications of managing geoinformation using Geographic Information Science (GIS) tools Remote Sensing, big data acquisition and cloud computing.
Key Reasons to Choose Michigan Tech
- Accredited (B.S. Geospatial Engineering) by The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (abet.org)
- Individualized Instruction Faculty are Licensed Professionals that will provide students with real world experiences in a small class environment.
- Diverse employment opportunities with large and small private Engineering and Surveying firms; federal, state and local governmental agencies nationwide.
- Comprehensive Curriculum with courses in field practice, boundary law, Geospatial Monitoring, Geoinformatics, GPS, GIS, Photogrammetry, Geodesy, Spatial Data Adjustments, Remote Sensing, and Hydrographic Surveying.
- Transfer Programs Established agreements from other two- and four-year institutions.
- Distance Learning Online offering of selected courses are available to students. Please inquire.
- Advanced Technologies Hands on use of the latest in geospatial data capture and visualization technologies like Virtual Reality integration, Structure from Motion and Unmanned Aerial Systems.
- Fast Track Master Degree Graduate with a master's degree in Integrated Geospatial Technology with one additional year of study.
Career Path Geospatial Engineering graduates
- Professional Surveyor
- Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP)
- Photogrammetrist (CP)
- Surveying Engineer
- Geospatial Engineer
Where Michigan Tech Graduates Work
- Federal government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and National Geodetic Survey.
- City, County and State Agencies like Michigan Department of Transportation.
- Engineering and Surveying Firms like Black & Veatch, Woolpert and Rowe Engineering.