Nate Harris and Jacob Hoffman of our Land Surveying Group can now add “adjunct professor” to their professional resumes. Both are teaching surveying courses at IUPUI in Indianapolis.
Jacob is teaching “Fundamentals of Surveying,” an entry-level course in the Construction Engineering Management Technical (CEMT) program. The course, which meets once a week for 4.5 hours, covers basic surveying concepts and techniques. It includes a lecture combined with a lab so that students gain hands-on experience with surveying equipment. Jacob focuses on giving his students practical knowledge they can use in real-world settings. “The best part for me is doing labs with students because that’s when they start to understand what surveyors actually do,” Jacob said. Jacob had 25 students last semester and expects a similar number when the spring semester starts January 9.
Nate teaches “Construction and Route Surveying,” an upper-level course in the same program that builds on what students learned in Jacob’s class. This class also is 4.5 hours, meets once weekly, and combines lecture and lab work. Most of Nate’s students are currently employed in the construction field and want to grow their careers by becoming a superintendent, project manager, or estimator. “The main points I drive home to my students is to know when something doesn’t look right on a construction site and then giving them the tools they need to correct it.” Nate had 32 students in his class last semester and expects the same number for the new semester.