What if you had a high-tech job, but spent your work day outside, enjoying nature and fresh air each day? If you like computing and the great outdoors, you may well be suited to be a geospatial engineer.
Our faculty are Licensed Professionals that will provide students with real world experiences in a small class environment. Studying geospatial engineering is both an adventure and a learning experience. Geospatial engineers—formerly known as surveyors—measure the physical features of the Earth with great precision and accuracy, calculating the position, elevation, and property lines of parcels of land.
Our students 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). Our curriculum includes the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), High Definition Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as well as traditional Surveying technologies, along with numerous other options in the geospatial engineering toolbox.
The Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Engineering exposes you to topics typically found on state professional surveyor's exam, as well as geoinformatics topics like GIS, photogrammetry, and remote sensing. 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.
Explore a career pathway that suits your interests by reviewing program electives.
100%job placement for geospatial engineering grads
60,000+new geospatial engineering/surveying jobs in the US last year
25+members of the Michigan Tech Douglass Houghton Student Chapter of the National Society of Professional Surveyors
Tomorrow Needs Geospatial Engineers
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. Many industries rely on the geospatial data and products that geospatial engineers provide and the need is increasing with advances in technology.
With a 100% job placement rate for graduates, you'll be ready to engineer a better tomorrow. Our curriculum is comprehensive with courses in field practice, boundary law, geospatial monitoring, geoinformatics, GPS, GIS, photogrammetry, geodesy, spatial data adjustments, remote sensing, hydrographic surveying, and more. Tomorrow needs geospatial engineers who can measure, model, and perform on the job from day one. We're ready. Are you?
Career Opportunities for Outdoor-Loving Geospatial Engineers
- Professional Surveyor
- Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP)
- Photogrammetrist (CP)
- Surveying Engineer
- Geospatial Engineer