Land Surveying Science Technology

Land Surveying Science Technology

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Your career opportunities include working as a land surveyor, CAD technician, Right of Way Specialist, construction surveyor, GPS specialist or in sales. The region’s leading employers are seeking out our graduates!
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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 72 (AAS)


Recognized by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) in 2016 as one of the top 10 programs advancing licensure!

Looking for a challenging career while enjoying the outdoors? Do you enjoy history, science and technology? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with a Land Surveying Science Technology degree. As a Land Surveying Technician, you’ll identify specific points on a plot of land to help show the boundaries for construction, or to help develop land maps. You’ll learn to use both math and specialized equipment to help determine the points of a plot, inspection techniques, information gathering, as well as research and data analysis to help determine the points and property boundaries. You’ll utilize a cutting-edge Global Positioning System (GPS) where satellites and a total station containing an electronic distance measurement device (EDM) determine precise measurements. As a graduate of our program you will have the opportunity to become a registered land surveyor.

Watch our students conduct actual field work in Custer State Park, SD here!

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This degree requires you to purchase a laptop from the Southeast Tech Support Center.



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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 72 (AAS)


Rod Breitling, MEd, PLS
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Rod began teaching at Southeast Tech in 1986.
He has a master’s degree in Career Technical Education with an emphasis in land surveying from South Dakota State University and is a Professional Land Surveyor in the state of South Dakota.

Along with his years of surveying experience in the industry, he is a former Co-Owner of Dakota Land Surveying Inc., Past President of the South Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Owner of RB Land Surveying LLC and has received the Outstanding Contribution to the South Dakota Land Surveying Profession.

Rod was honored as the ATEA’s Outstanding Technical Educator for the Northern Plains Region in 1992 and in 2006 and Southeast Tech’s Teacher of the Year in 2004.

“I believe in stressing the fundamentals. This gives the student a strong foundation and a platform to build new knowledge upon. My style is more of a student/coaching approach by providing an atmosphere of learning with everyday real world industry conditions and situations.

Rod’s interests include anything outdoors including golfing and year-around fishing.

Education: MEd, South Dakota State University; BS, South Dakota State University; AAS, University of South Dakota/Springfield; Professional Land Surveyor
Elizabeth Kassing, PE
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Elizabeth began teaching AutoCAD classes for Training Solutions at Southeast Tech in 2000. In 2010, she joined the Engineering Technology Department. Before starting at Southeast Tech, she spent her career designing and assisting with a variety of municipal and transportation projects. She has a broad background in municipal improvements involving subdivision layout, geometric roadway design, traffic control, erosion control, drainage, water main and sanitary sewer design. Elizabeth worked for Shive-Hattery Inc in Cedar Rapids, IA and HRGreen in Sioux Falls. She is a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of South Dakota and a Land Surveyor-In-Training (LSIT).

Education: BS, South Dakota State University; Professional Engineering, Land Surveyor In Training





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