Metro Wire Staff
Mid-State Technical College has announced six students graduating from its Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician program this semester also elected to take the Level I Certified Survey Technician (CST) exam—and all six of them passed.
Drew Nelson of Nekoosa, Devree Vogel of Plover, Mark Oie of Wisconsin Rapids and Brady Erickson, Patrick Molski and Jeremy Slowinski of Stevens Point all sat for, and passed, the Level I CST exam at the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors 69th Annual Institute conference in Wisconsin Dells in January.
The nationally-recognized CST Level I certification is valuable to anyone entering a career in surveying as a field technician or data surveyor, and makes these graduates even more desirable to potential employers. The four levels to CST certification also create a ladder of credentials for career surveyors.
Surveyors in Wisconsin also take the Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) exam, an independent exam offered at the state level, according to program instructor Greg Webster.
“Gaining CST certification does not affect qualification for the PLS, but it is seen as a valuable additional credential by employers,” said Webster, who also recently advanced his own CST certification this spring after taking and passing the Level III exam.
Those interested in learning more about the Civil Engineering Technology-Highway Technician program can visit www.mstc.edu/programs.