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Engineering Design Technology



Engineering Design Technology


CS 704




Web Address:


Robert Price


Mission Statement

The mission of the UVU Engineering Design Technology program (EGDT) is to prepare future professionals to engage in diverse design, modeling, and drafting, surveying, and mapping disciplines. The program cultivates an elevated commitment to work ethic, quality, productivity, and service. Successful graduates will be dynamic self-starters and lifelong learners who are serious about work and accept the stewardship of designing the future.


Engineering Design Technology

  • Administrative Support: Christine Bigelow
  • Office: CS 704
  • Telephone: 801-863-8363

  • Advisor:
    Monica Ferreyra
  • Office: CS 635
  • Telephone: 801-863-8350 

Advisory Committees:


Curtis Miner, CMA Architecture; Jeff Adams, Jeff Adams Designs; Alan Shurtliff, Pontis Architectural Group; Tyson Munford, Rooftop Anchors, Inc.


Glen Barton, Foster Wheeler USA Corporation; Matt Brown, MW Brown Engineering; Brant Tuttle, Northern Engineering.


Kevin Armatage, L-3 Communications; Nathan Sweat, Royal Engineering


Doug Nordin, Professional Systems Technology


Paul Thorley, Acute Engineering; Rob Schoen, Axis Steel Detailing; Steve Holdaway, Tectonix Steel

Related Industries

Ken Zabriskie, IM Flash; Shawn Herring, ProSoft; Alan Beddingfield, Steel Encounters


Von Hill, Entellus; Gary Christensen, GDA Engineers; Kevin Bishop, Oak Hills Surveying

Career Opportunities

The Engineering Design Technology  program prepares students for design, 3D modeling, surveying, and drafting careers in mechanical, architectural, structural, civil, and electrical/electronic fields. Jobs are available with architects, cities, counties, states, the federal government, engineering and surveying companies, mines, research and development companies, and the mechanical, structural steel, architectural development, electronics, construction, and fire protection industries. In addition, because of the broad nature of the program, graduates are prepared to succeed in most technical fields. For example, they can work as manufacturing, industrial engineering, and construction technicians as well as in functional areas of purchasing, estimating, bidding, plant management, quality control, expediting, and sales.

Job Description – Engineering Design Technology

Engineering Design Technicians (formerly Drafters/Designers) translate ideas from design layouts, specifications, rough sketches, and calculations of engineers & architects into working drawings, maps, plans, and illustrations which are used in the development and/or production of products, structures, land development, and civil infrastructure. They prepare 3D computer models and 2D drawings using Computer Aided Drafting, Design, and 3D modeling systems. They perform design and drafting work in mechanical, electrical/electronic, structural, architectural, civil, piping, and technical illustration fields. They make mathematical calculations using algebra, trigonometry, plane and solid geometry, applied mechanics, strength of materials and basic physics.

The Engineering Design Technician works closely with both professional and nonprofessional people and acts as a liaison between the shop or field and the engineering office. Professional appearance and work habits are essential.

Job Description – Surveying & Geographic Information Systems Technicians & Professionals

Surveying Technicians work out-of-doors performing surveys of property boundaries as well as roads, pipelines, subdivisions, and all types of construction projects. They may also work in specialized fields such as mining and hydrographic surveying. They use levels, total and robotic stations, global positioning systems and aerial photogrammetry instruments. They make mathematical calculations using algebra, trigonometry, and plane and solid geometry. Using GIS and other computer-aided drafting (CAD) software to produce various types of maps depicting their field surveying work.

Survey Technicians possess good human relations skills and professional work ethics and habits to be able to work closely with other professional surveyors, civil engineers, and architects as well as the public.


Students in the Engineering Design Technology program may earn Certificates of Proficiency (Architectural Design Technology, Civil Design Technology, Mechanical Design Technology and Structural Design Technology), an Associate in Applied Science Degree, an Associate in Science Degree with an Engineering Design Technology pre-major or a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management Degree in Engineering Design Technology.

Reminder: an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above is required for graduation.

Due to the technical nature of the material in the following courses, additional reading and math instruction may be required. More information will be given during advisement.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is highly recommended as an elective in these majors. Two credits may be applied towards graduation.



  • Program Coordinator: Danial L. Perry
  • Office: CS 704c
  • Telephone: 801-863-8525

  • Advisor:
    Monica Ferreyra
  • Office: CS 635
  • Telephone: 801-863-8350


Career Opportunities

The Geomatics program prepares students to enter the workplace in a variety of disciplines. Geomatics is the study of geospatial measurement and representation including such disciplines as land surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing (satellite imaging and laser/LIDAR scanning), geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, global positioning systems (GPS), geography and some elements of civil engineering. Geomatics not only encompasses traditional land surveying but today also includes geography and other disciplines which integrate acquisition, modeling, analysis, and management of geo-spatial reference data. Some students will have opportunities to work for organizations such as the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), national, state, county, and city governmental agencies, universities and colleges, and private surveying and engineering firms.

Job Description

Some of the positions held by Geomatics graduates are: Professional Land Surveyors, Survey technicians, Cartographers, Photogrammetrists, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, GIS professionals, Drafters, Civil engineering technicians, Environmental specialists, and Urban/Regional planners. Survey Technicians do some of their work in offices but much of their work takes place out-of-doors where they perform surveys of public lands, private properties, roads and highways, pipelines, large buildings, and subdivisions, as well as all types of geospatial measurement and construction projects. The surveyor technician is required to know real property and boundary laws as well as possess an exceptional knowledge of sophisticated geospatial measurement instrumentation like GPS, Robotic Stations, 3D Laser Scanners, and UAV’s. Licensed Surveyors are required to make various mathematical calculations using algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and solid/plane geometry.  Using GIS and other computer-aided drafting (CAD) software to produce various types of technical maps and other deliverables of 3D data for use by professionals in related disciplines as well as the general public.

Eventually, many surveying technicians will become licensed as professional land surveyors and GIS professionals.


Geomatics is the study of geospatial measurement and representation including such disciplines as land surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing (satellite imaging and laser scanning), geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, global positioning systems (GPS), and some parts of geography and civil engineering.

Geomatics is a discipline which integrates acquisition, modeling, analysis, and management of geo-spatial reference data. Based on the scientific framework of geodesy, it uses terrestrial, marine, airborne, satellite -based sensors, and measurement systems and technologies to acquire spatial and other data. The Land Surveying component of Geomatics includes investigation, analysis, and application of boundary/property laws and legal principles pertaining to specific public and private properties and is a regulated profession wherein a license to practice land surveying is issued by each state in an effort to protect the public and private interests in property boundaries, as well as surveying control for construction projects.

Students in the Geomatics program may earn an Associate in Science in Geomatics which will help them be immediately employable as entry level Surveyor or GIS technician. Students may also earn a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics which will prepare them to successfully pass the national Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam which is a significant step towards professional surveying licensure. The bachelor degree program has been developed around four core disciplines which build on an in-depth foundation of knowledge needed for the professional practice of surveying and GIS. Geomatics program goals are to continue to encourage student interest in obtaining graduate degrees in the field of Geomatics from other nationally ranked institutions. The program is operating under an annual cohort system starting in the fall semester of each year, so spring matriculation is required to ensure that each prospective student completes all required prerequisites prior to entrance into a cohort.

Reminder: An overall grade point average 2.5 or above with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in all Geomatics courses. No grade lower than a "B" in core discipline courses including: (Geomatics, Measurement, Legal Principles, and Surveying Services Core).

Due to the technical nature of the material in the following courses, additional reading, math, and computer instruction may be required. More information will be given during advisement.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education is highly recommended as an elective(s) in this major. As much as six (6) credit hours of electives are allowed in the bachelor degree program as internship credits.


College of Technology & Computing

  • Dean: Saeed Moaveni
  • Office: CS 720
  • Telephone: 801-863-8237

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