Northwestern Michigan College Adds Surveying Program

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Northwestern Michigan College Adds Surveying Program

Appropriately-named Traverse City, Michigan’s Northwestern Michigan College now offers a Surveying Engineering program. The new degree was approved unanimously by the NMC Board of Trustees on Monday, December 17, 2018 and will be in place for the fall 2019 semester.

The surveying degree is complemented by existing marine technology and unmanned aerial systems programs. The college is now able to offer students degrees in all three programs, which is apparently unique among community colleges across the country.

For more information, view the full announcement at the Traverse City Record Eagle’s website.

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Wendell was a Land Surveyor for 26 years, then moved on to building websites for his second career. But he never lost sight of the surveying community and the other disciplines related to surveying. He's purposely stayed involved in the surveying industry because he has always been — and will continue to be — a Land Surveyor at heart.

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Duane Frymire
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My son just graduated from there, BS, Marine Technology (also unusual to find BS available at community college).  Out to sea next month with Fugro job surveying for offshore wind farms.  Some growing pains with new programs, but overall we highly recommend.

Paul in PA
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The college website has not yet been updated.It is interesting to note that this is an Associate Degree program and Michigan requires a bachelors with 30 surveying credits, plus 4 years experience for licensing. At the same time one can apply directly to NCEES to take the PLS exam (the MI PLS part not being administered by NCEES) prior to applying to the State of Michigan.Therefore one could be degreed and fully tested and not be approved for licensing.It is interesting to note they have Marine and Maritime associates programs.Paul in PA

Duane Frymire
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Posted by: Paul in PAThe college website has not yet been updated.It is interesting to note that this is an Associate Degree program and Michigan requires a bachelors with 30 surveying credits, plus 4 years experience for licensing. At the same time one can apply directly to NCEES to take the PLS exam (the MI PLS part not being administered by NCEES) prior to applying to the State of Michigan.Therefore one could be degreed and fully tested and not be approved for licensing.It is interesting to note they have Marine and Maritime associates programs.Paul in PA It’s currently under Professional… Read more »

Just A. Surveyor
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This is good news.I am an advocate for Associate Degree programs at the community college level. We need more people involved in surveying and it is not gonna come via a 4 year degree. I am fully aware that some states mandate a 4 year degree and that is fine if they choose to do that. I do feel like it is slamming the door on a lot of good people. I am of the opinion that the pay is not there in surveying to justify a spending a small fortune obtaining a BS. Unless and until surveyors charge more… Read more »

Duane Frymire
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Posted by: Just A. SurveyorThis is good news.I am an advocate for Associate Degree programs at the community college level. We need more people involved in surveying and it is not gonna come via a 4 year degree. I am fully aware that some states mandate a 4 year degree and that is fine if they choose to do that. I do feel like it is slamming the door on a lot of good people. I am of the opinion that the pay is not there in surveying to justify a spending a small fortune obtaining a BS. Unless and… Read more »

RichardLHardison
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We’re having problems getting kids in to Surveying programs in western NC. AB Tech in Asheville has no second year cohort this year and has seen an over all enrollment decline in both Civil Engineering Tech and Surveying. Many states have seen license application decline. I used to live in Ohio and from 1993, when the BS requirement went into effect, and 2003, when I asked how many candidates too the test, the numbers had cratered from about 150 to about 27 (not sure those are the exact numbers, but they’re close), and it’s getting hard to find a Surveyor at… Read more »

Just A. Surveyor
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Posted by: RichardLHardisonWe’re having problems getting kids in to Surveying programs in western NC. AB Tech in Asheville has no second year cohort this year and has seen an over all enrollment decline in both Civil Engineering Tech and Surveying. Many states have seen license application decline. I used to live in Ohio and from 1993, when the BS requirement went into effect, and 2003, when I asked how many candidates too the test, the numbers had cratered from about 150 to about 27 (not sure those are the exact numbers, but they’re close), and it’s getting hard to find a… Read more »

Paul in PA
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Thank you Duane,I believe they have miss-stated their program, it is not “Professional Development” but is “Technical Development” which is a good use for community college level program. Below I have listed the 10 topics they have highlighted. Assuming each is a 3 credit courses, that would be 30 credits meeting the Michigan PLS exam requirements, yet I think that a graduate of this program is far from ready to be a PLS and what is required would not neccessarily be gained with 4 years experience. All these courses are technical in subject, the true professional has to be well… Read more »

Duane Frymire
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Posted by: Paul in PAThank you Duane,I believe they have miss-stated their program, it is not “Professional Development” but is “Technical Development” which is a good use for community college level program. Below I have listed the 10 topics they have highlighted. Assuming each is a 3 credit courses, that would be 30 credits meeting the Michigan PLS exam requirements, yet I think that a graduate of this program is far from ready to be a PLS and what is required would not neccessarily be gained with 4 years experience. All these courses are technical in subject, the true professional… Read more »

aliquot
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Looks like a good program for technicians.

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