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Geospatial Technologies

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in technologies using geographic information and positioning systems and provides a strong foundation for continued study in this field. Geographic information and positioning systems use computer technology for collecting, analyzing, and displaying digital geographic data. Fields included in this discipline are spatial analysis, remote sensing, global positioning systems, and cartography (map-making). Applications for this area of technology are vast with a wide-ranging career potential for the student in both the public and private sectors.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Geographic Information Systems Technicians, Remote-Sensing Technicians, Geodetic Surveyors, Mapping and Surveying Technicians, and Cartographers

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see reynolds.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/ge_info_221-719-71.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS. 
CRE.

ITE 1151

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

DRF 231

Computer-Aided Drafting I

3

0

3

GIS 200

Geographical Information Systems I

2

2

3

GIS 201

Geographic Information Systems II

2

2

3

GIS2 __

Approved GIS Elective

3-4

0-2

4

TOTAL

13-14

4-6

16

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Geospatial Technologies 16

03.01.16

1 Students can also meet this requirement by successfully passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

2 Students should take one of the following GIS electives: GIS 205, GIS 215, GIS 255, or other GIS elective as approved by the program head.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

GIS 200 Geographical Information Systems I 3 cr.

Provides hands-on introduction to a dynamic desktop GIS (Geographic Information System). Introduces the components of a desktop GIS and their functionality. Emphasizes manipulation of data for the purpose of analysis, presentation, and decision-making.Prerequisite: ITE 115 or equivalent.Lecture 2 hours per week.Laboratory 2 hours per week.Total 4 hours per week.

GIS 201 Geographical Information Systems II 3 cr.

Provides a continuation of GIS 200, with emphasis on advanced topics in problem-solving, decision-making, modeling, programming, and data management. Covers map projections and data formats, and methods for solving the problems they create.Prerequisite: GIS 200.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 4 hours per week.

Name Program Email Phone
Wendell Andrews Surveying Technology CSC wandrews@reynolds.edu 523-5586

Common Job Titles1: Cartographer; Compiler; Digital Cartographer; GIS Analyst (Geographic Information Systems Analyst); Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GIS Specialist); Photogrammetric Technician; Photogrammetrist; Production Manager; Stereo Compiler; Stereoplotter Operator


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 64

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $47,700 - $72,500


Common Job Titles1: Aerotriangulation Specialist; CAD Technician (Computer Aided Design Technician); Chainman; Engineering Assistant; Engineering Technician; Field Crew Chief; Geospatial Analyst; Instrument Man (I-Man); Instrument Operator; Mapping Editor; Mapping Technician; Photogrammetric Compilation Specialist; Photogrammetric Stereo Compiler; Photogrammetric Technician; Rodman; Stereoplotter Operator; Survey Crew Chief; Survey Party Chief; Survey Technician; Tax Map Technician


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 242

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $33,300 - $52,000


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.