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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: or

Call (208) 282-2800

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

ISU College of Technology Student Services

(208) 282-2622