Oregon Tech’s Geomatics program has received a 2023 National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Surveying Education Award. The award is a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.

The NCEES Surveying Education Award recognizes surveying/geomatics programs that best reflect NCEES’ mission to advance licensure for surveyors to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Universities from across the U.S. apply and only 13 were awarded prizes of $25,000 to $10,000; Oregon Tech was awarded the only $25,000 prize.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Geomatics Jack Walker shared, “To address the critical national shortage of licensed surveyors, this award program is intended to strengthen programs which best prepare graduates for licensure. This is the seventh year of the award program, and we are one of two programs that have received an award each year.”

At Oregon Tech, the Geomatics program has two options for students to specialize in: Surveying or Geographical Information Systems.

Students focusing on surveying use computer systems and equipment to find and define property lines, plan out subdivisions to make creative and effective designs, and map boundary limits and learn how to write deed descriptions relative to property boundaries and more. The surveying option prepares students to pass the Fundamentals of Surveying examination and pursue licensure as a registered Professional Land Surveyor.

The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) option prepares students to design and construct workflows to collect, edit, analyze, store, and visualize geospatial information while preparing them to become certified GIS professionals.

For more information about the Geomatics program, please visit www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/geomatics.