GIS Coordinator in agriculture and natural resources
for program specific employment opportunities
Potential salary after five to ten years is listed at $70,000-$80,000 and up.
The demand for new employees in geospatial data processing and equipment installation is expanding in many industries. A skilled workforce to support the growing industry of precision technology is needed. This two-year program includes courses in computers, GPS (Global Positioning Systems), ArcView and data collection, agronomy and ag economics. A strong background in math and science is recommended for this program.
Combining aspects of engineering, business, agriculture, energy, and technology, this program will meet current and future industry needs.
Career opportunities will include positions like GPS technician, custom applicator, GIS specialist, GIS coordinator, precision technician and more. Knowledge of this equipment and data is vital to people in equipment sales and service, dealerships, applicators, crop consultants, agronomists, and personnel who work with data transfer and map production.
When you enroll in the PTS program at MTI, you will spend two years (five semesters) in the program, including a summer internship experience.
A special note about laptop computers:
This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, MTI requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from MTI. The cost for an MTI laptop averages about $1000. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program.
Whether it's Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your MTI laptop. And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an MTI laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate various Precision Ag systems
- Perform technical support
- Perform proper calibration of planter row units
- Recommend appropriate equipment to producers
- Maintain and interpret data
- Summarize basic knowledge of current agronomic principles
- Explain how GPS systems function in the Precision Ag market
- Differentiate between multiple manufacturers' Precision Ag equipment
- Stay abreast of current trends in the industry
Check out the 2012-13 Precision Technology Specialist Assessment Review for information on how this program assures that its students are attaining learning outcomes.
Placement and Wage Information
According to 2012 data, the placement rate for graduates in this program was 100%. Starting wages ranged as high as $14.00/hour.
|Program Tuition & Fees*
|(5 semester program/average tuition cost per semester, $2,806.80)
|Other Required Costs
|*All costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.