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Technician Resource Initiative-Practical Online Development (TRIPOD)

Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology Student working with a Drone

 

TRIPOD offers a part-time education opportunity for current survey technicians and other survey personnel to earn college credits and gain additional certifications while working in their current positions. Eight courses from the Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology program have been grouped together to prepare students to pass NSPS Certified Survey Technician Examinations, Levels 1, 2 or 3.

This grouping of 8 courses is called the TRIPOD program. Surveying courses are available each fall and spring and participants can enroll for as many credits that will fit their schedule There are no scheduled class meeting times, and students can study at their convenience. Students completing the TRIPOD program earn the Basic Technical Certificate in Surveying. All credits can be applied to earning an associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology or a bachelor degree in Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology if the students decide to continue their education beyond the TRIPOD program.

TRIPOD - Course Schedule

Each student is required to have a Professional Land Surveyor as a Mentor to oversee the hands-on course instruction. Mentors will receive a small stipend for each course supervised to partially compensate mentors for their time, use of equipment, software, and willingness to promote the surveying and geomatics profession.

There is no out of state tuition for TRIPOD students.

Contact Robert Liimakka, Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology professor and program coordinator, for more information:

 E-mail: ctech@isu.edu or

Call (208) 282-2800

For application information please contact Phil Jones, academic adviser at:

ISU College of Technology Student Services

ctechss@isu.edu

(208) 282-2622

TRIPOD offers an opportunity for incumbent survey technicians and survey personnel to earn college credits and NSPS Certified Survey Technician certification to advance their career and education in surveying. 

  1. The Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology Program received a grant to deliver online courses to incumbent survey personnel over a two-year period.
  2. TRIPOD offers an opportunity for incumbent survey technicians and survey personnel to earn college credits and certification to advance their career and education in surveying.
  3. The typical TRIPOD - Course Schedule will be two three-credit surveying courses each Fall and Spring Semester comprising eight courses totaling 24 credits.  Surveying courses are available each fall and spring and participants can enroll for the number of courses that will fit their schedule (minimum one 3-credit course)
  4. Introductory college surveying courses will offered to those without previous college coursework. Those with previous college credits in surveying will be able to take advanced surveying courses. 
  5. Credits can be applied to earning an associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology or a bachelor degree in Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology
  6. No scheduled class meeting times, students can study at their convenience
  7. Upon completion of the courses, student will be required to take on of the NSPS Certified Survey Technician Examinations, Level 1, 2 or 3. CST Exam fees are covered through grant funding.
  8. Each student is required to have a PLS as a Mentor to oversee courses with a laboratory component. Mentors will receive $600/course for each course supervised.  Consulting payments are to promote professional participation in this project.  Consulting payments partially compensate mentors for their time, use of equipment, software, and willingness to serve the profession.
  9. Other grant monies will go to course delivery technology, online course development, and marketing of the surveying profession.
  10. Please encourage your incumbent workers or any survey personnel you know of to enroll in this opportunity to advance their education and promote the surveying profession.

TRIPOD - Course Schedule (Suggested)