• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology


    Program code: CC.GISTECHNOLOGY

    The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology Certificate offers instruction in the fields of geography, data analysis, cartography, computer-aided drafting (CAD), global positioning systems (GPS), database theory and mathematics. The program also includes instruction in research skills, technical mathematics, computer programming, human relations skills and other field competencies.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • interpret accurately technical drawings to determine product manufacturing specifications,
    • understand clearly GIS concepts and techniques,
    • understand and capably use many aspects of the ArcGIS software,
    • create high quality digital maps,
    • design, plan and execute GIS projects,
    • create and design advanced Geodatabases for use in GIS,
    • use capably geoprocessing tools to analyze data in a GIS environment,
    • write scripts using the Python programming language,
    • use advanced editing techniques to capture GIS data,
    • analyze and interpret remote sensing data, including LIDAR,
    • use a mapping grade Global Positioning System (GPS) to collect data for a GIS project,
    • transform data form different formats to a GIS,
    • create websites using HTML,
    • create CAD data and transform it to a GIS.


    Career opportunities may include: GIS technician, GIS analyst, mapping technician and survey and remote sensing technician.

    For information contact the Manufacturing Department, 503-594-3318.


    FIRST TERM Credits

    GEO-100 Introduction to Physical Geography

    or GEO-110 Cultural & Human Geography 4

    GIS-201 Introduction to Geographic Information System 3

    GIS-236 Visual Basic Programming for GIS 1

    MFG-109 Computer Literacy for Technicians 3

    MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I 3

    WR-121 English Composition 4

    SECOND TERM Credits

    CDT-103 Computer-Aided Drafting I 3

    GIS-237 Advanced Visual Basic Programming for GIS 1

    GIS-281 ArcGIS I 3

    GIS-286 Remote Sensing 3

    MTH-080 Technical Mathematics II 3

    — — Technical elective 3

    THIRD TERM Credits

    CDT-224 Professional Web Design 1

    GIS-232 Data Collection & Application 3

    GIS-280 GIS/CWE 4

    GIS-282 ArcGIS II 3

    — — Human Relations requirement ( more information ) 3

    Credits required for certificate 48


    Any course with a GIS or CDT prefix.

    Information from the 2015-2016 catalog.