Accepting Apprenticeship Applications (Home Page Bottom)

Raymond Diaz
Administrator   
9480 Utica Avenue, Suite 604
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 243-7973

Course Summaries

All instruction programs and courses are open to indentured apprentices only.

   
Chainman Apprenticeship Program Course Outline Summary

Semester #1 - Surveying Equipment & Techniques:
• Overview of the Survey Industry
• Basic Field Operations & Setting Survey Points
• Basic Measurement Techniques in Surveying
• Introduction to Angle Measuring & Field Instruments
• Introduction to Leveling
• Introduction to Topographic Surveys
• First Aid
• Computer Literacy

Semester #4 - Surveying Computations:
• Coordinate Geometry
• Horizontal & Vertical Curves
• Traverse Surveys

Semester #2 - Survey Procedures:
• Apprentice Responsibilities & Public Relations
• Field Notes
• Identification of Monuments
• Linear Measurements
• Introduction to Station & Location Systems
• Review of Angles, Bearings, & Instruments
• Leveling Methods
• Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
• Plan Reading & Grade Sheets
• Introduction to Construction Surveys

Semester #5 - Surveying Projects:
• Safety Procedures
• U.S. Public Land Surveys
• Property Surveys
• Subdivision Surveys
• Topographic & Photogrammetric Surveys
• Staking Procedures for Various Projects
• Heavy Construction Surveys
• ALTA Surveys
• Total Stations
• Public Relations
• Scope of Profession

Semester #3 - Surveying Practices:
• Review of Measuring Systems
• Review of Angles, Bearings & Location Systems
• Trigonometry
• Slope Staking
• Electronic Distance Measuring & Recording

   
Chief of Party Apprenticeship Program Course Outline Summary
Chief of party apprenticeship requires the prerequisite completion of our chainman program, or its equivalent. All classes are scheduled on a quarterly basis. Each quarter is an independent, nine-week session, and apprentices receive a final grade for each quarter. Classes may be held two nights a week with some scheduled Saturdays, or held on Saturdays only. College credit toward an Associate's Degree is available for each successfully completed quarter.
   

Quarter 1 - Plane Surveying & Coordinate Geometry:
• Surveying Mathematics & Coordinate Geometry
• Modern Field Methods & Measuring Systems
• Locating/Eliminating Plan, Calculation & Staking Errors

Quarter 5 - Major Project Plans & Survey Layout:
• Construction Plan Reading, Survey Control, & Layout
• Case Study of Multistory Building---Structural
• Plans & Layout for Other Major Construction Projects

Quarter 2 - Advanced Coordinate Geometry:
• Advanced Coordinate Geometry & Curve Calculations
• Complex Field Problems & Accuracy Requirements
• Field & Office Calculating Techniques

Quarter 6 - Control & Geodetic Surveying:
• Triangulation & State Plane Coordinate Systems
• Astronomy & Global Positioning Systems
• Performing GPS Surveys
• Dredging & Hydrographic Surveys

Quarter 3 - Laptop Surveying/Aerial Photogrammetry:
• Laptop Surveying Using TBC (TRIMBLE BUSINESS CENTER) Software
• Topographic Surveying Methods & Techniques
•Topographic Surveying Analysis & Review
• Performing Topographic Surveys
• Plotting Field Data & Surveys for Quantities
• Photogrammetry, Ground Control, & Topo Analysis

Quarter 7 - US Public Land & Property Description:
• Public Land System & Subdivision of Sections
• Retracement Surveys & Restoration of Corners
• Reading & Interpreting Property Descriptions

Quarter 4 - Plan Reading & Subdivision Surveying:
• Types of Plans, Plan Reading, & Locating Errors
• Grading Plans & Control for Construction Projects
• Staking Procedures & Improvement Plans

Quarter 8 - Property Surveys & Legal Descriptions:
• Property Surveys & Legal Descriptions
• Laws Affecting Surveyors
• Supervision & Public Relations