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EAC Engineering to offer new class in Plane Surveying for Spring 2009

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EAC Engineering to offer new class in Plane Surveying for Spring 2009

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Engineering Department recently announced that it will offer a new class in Plane Surveying (EGR 250, section #1670) for the Spring 2009 semester. The class will meet from 8 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on Fridays in North Campus room #5.

Plane Surveying will introduce the student to the technology and procedures of this common type of surveying that is ideal for measuring smaller areas. The class will consist of a lecture session from 8-9:40 a.m. immediately followed by a two hour lab. In lab, students will get hands-on experience with the tools of plane surveying, including measuring tools, levels, and transits, as well as learn to work with total stations and GPS based surveying. The prerequisite for this class is Trigonometry (MAT 181).

This class will be taught by Tom Palmer, president of PLS Group, Inc. of Thatcher. “PLS Group is excited to team up with the College and offer this surveying course,” says Palmer. “With a knowledge of real world applications and techniques, we feel we can offer a unique perspective to students wanting to learn the basics of surveying. It can also be a springboard for students wanting to pursue a variety of professions. We enjoy being a part of the local community and feel this is just one more way we can be involved.”

Jack Bailey, one of EAC’s engineering faculty, says, “We are very pleased to be able to offer this class in surveying, and particularly pleased to be entering this sort of partnership with the PLS Group, a firm with close ties to the local community. Our students will no doubt benefit greatly by having a ‘real world’ approach to this class.”

Plane Surveying is transferrable to Arizona universities and will be particularly useful for individuals interested in pursuing a career in either civil engineering or as a registered land surveyor. To register for this class, contact the Records and Registration Office at 428-8270 or register online at