Surveying & Geomatics Engineering Technology

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Picture yourself enjoying time in the outdoors while using your math and computing skills. Surveying students learn both the fundamentals of surveying and software analysis using exciting technologies like GPS (Global Positioning Systems), GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and LIS (Land Information Systems). Surveying studies are offered for both an AAS degree and BS degree. Our four year surveying program is the only ABET accredited degree in New York and is only one of four in the northeast. If you're looking for an active and well compensated career, consider surveying and geomatics engineering technology.

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The 50th graduating class of the AAS surveying engineering technology program
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Over $9,000 was awarded to our students at the 58th Annual NYSAPLS Conference.
Thank you NYSAPLS and all local associations for supporting our students!

Alfred State Surveying Students Win Scholarships at NYSAPLS Conference

Alfred State Surveying Students Win Scholarships at NYSAPLS Conference

Professional Outlook

With the growth of GIS, GPS and geomatics and a surge in retirements, the job outlook in surveying is exceptional. Starting salaries in these jobs range from $40,000-80,000*, and in many of these jobs, surveyors are able to be outside and see the world. Our hands on curriculum teaches what you need to know by engaging in real projects, and our alumni are ready to hire you upon graduation.

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"As a member of Alfred Advisory Board for several years, I've observed very progressive planning in an effort to keep current with emerging technologies as they impact the surveying community, and real world applications." -Gary Thompson, PLS,  Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C. 

“Alfred State prepared me to enter the surveying workforce, and they continue to do that today. Staying current with technology is a difficult task, but they do it well, and their graduates reflect that.” -Roman H. Figler, '77

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Alfred State Major Gift Donor Spotlight: Walter Sass

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Walter Sass, RPLS, can relate to the theme of Alfred State’s Major Gifts Campaign, “Be a Life Changer,” because the college made a very big impact on his own life.

Today, Sass is a principal owner of Weisser Engineering & Surveying in Houston, TX, with years of success in his field. A 1978 surveying technology graduate, he credits Alfred State College with helping him get to where he is today.

“I have always looked at Alfred as being the major foundation for my education and my confidence to succeed in the business world,” he said.

Knowing what a difference Alfred State can make in students’ lives, Sass decided to donate to the school’s Major Gifts Campaign, which launched in September to raise $8 million for athletics, new programs, scholarships, technology, and the greatest needs of the college. The campaign has currently raised over $5.75 million in donations and pledges thanks to the generosity of donors such as Walter Sass.

After graduating in 1978, Sass immediately went to Texas to work, beginning his employment with a civil engineering firm. A couple of years later, he went to work for Weisser Engineering Company, Inc., which was established by “one of Houston’s premier engineers and surveyors, Frederick C. Weisser, PE, RPLS, with the mission to provide exceptional engineering and surveying services in the Gulf Coast area,” according to the company’s website.

Now known as Weisser Engineering & Surveying (WES), the company has been under the direction of Walter Sass and Barry Hufford, both former employees or Mr. Weisser, since 1987. Weisser’s capabilities include general civil engineering, land development, construction management, and all areas of land surveying, mapping, digital scanning, and global positioning systems (GPS).

For more information on Alfred State’s Major Gifts Campaign, contact Major Gifts Officer Jay Wilder at 607-587-3978 or at, or reach out to Director of Development Jason Sciotti at 607-587-3936 or at


Alfred State alum named Surveyor of the Year, current students awarded scholarships

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Kaleb N. Winters, PLS, a 2005 graduate of Alfred State College (ASC), was recently named the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS) Surveyor of the Year.

Timothy Massi nominated Winters for this award. In his nomination, Massi highlighted Winters service on the NYSAPLS Board of Directors (since 2016), service as President of the Eastern NY Society of Land Surveyors (2018-2021), and his support to the Young Professionals Committee and their efforts to push the profession forward.

Winters is a Senior Land Surveyor in the Bureau of Real Property in the Division of Lands and Forests in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

“I am humbled to accept this award. I have been fortunate to be mentored and inspired by many surveyors that I have met through NYSAPLS. I want thank Paul Smith’s College and Alfred State for my education.”

During the same award ceremony, three current Pioneers were the recipients of scholarships awarded by NYSAPLS.  

  • Katherine O’Buckley (Queens/Francis Lewis) received the Joseph E. Glickman Scholarship, the Herbert D. Ehrig Land Surveying Scholarship, and the Albert Tay Scholarship.
  • Corey Ingham (Wheatland Chili) received the Niagara Frontier Scholarship and the Arthur D. Shaw Memorial Scholarship. 
  • Devon Emo (Avoca) received the Niagara Frontier Scholarship.

NYAPLS awarded over $20,000 in scholarships this year.