As part of its ongoing effort to equip the next generation of engineering and construction leaders with the technical expertise necessary to succeed in their careers, global technology company Trimble donated lab equipment to the Cuyamaca College Land Survey Program.


This lab will feature an array of advanced data collection and software tools, including GNSS (global navigation satellite system) receivers, tripods, range poles, field computers, angle measuring devices, and more.


The donation will help prepare Cuyamaca College Land Survey students to be workforce-ready upon completion of the 14-unit program by providing them with hands-on technical knowledge. Students will not only learn about surveying and engineering, but also the latest technology and software needed to become a well-rounded and successful professional land surveyor in today’s marketplace.


“The better trained the student that enters the job market is, the less time it will take to become a higher level field or office surveyor,” said Don Woolley, professor in Cuyamaca’s engineering department. “With the land surveyor shortage still in effect, we need to do everything we can to facilitate the growth of the land surveyor industry and this donation will help do just that.”


The donation of technology from Trimble is set to expand the college’s capabilities in building information modeling, surveying and georeferencing, scanning, and subdivision design.


While Trimble has gifted tech labs to nearly 30 institutions of higher learning around the world, this marks their first official donation to a community college. According to Richard Hassler, GeoSpacial Market Manager for Trimble, “The goal of this donation is to provide knowledge and training to local students and newly employed surveyors using the same state-of-the-art equipment that the industry is using with their survey crews.”


The equipment is installed in the classroom and ready for students who can enroll in classes beginning Oct. 17.