Duncanville Junior Earns Professional Certification

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DHS Junior Jessica Escobar

Duncanville High School junior Jessica Escobar has reached a professional milestone – in the male-dominated field of surveying, she’s obtained a certification level that many adults don’t have.  As a sophomore, she was part of the DHS team that earned Third Place in surveying at the state SkillsUSA competition.  Because of her performance in the contest, she was able to take and pass the CST (Certified Surveying Technician) Level I test.  This means Jessica now holds national certification, making her a valuable candidate for a position at any surveying firm.

Land surveying is the technique, profession, and science of accurately determining the three-dimensional position of terrestrial points and the distances and angles between them.  Used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership or governmental purposes, the craft is practiced by surveyors who use elements of mathematics (geometry and trigonometry), physics, and engineering to accomplish their objectives.

DHS Engineering Academy instructor Bart Burnett exposes students in his surveying class to important elements of the industry, and has joined in a partnership with Christopher R. Freeman, local surveyor and member of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, to gain valuable experience for his students.  Freeman and his colleagues visit Burnett’s classroom to provide demonstrations, training, and information on survey instruments.  Freeman is very impressed with Jessica’s accomplishment.