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Geomatics Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn to perform surveys, create maps, and develop geographic information systems by using global navigation satellite systems (GPS), laser scanning, remote sensing, and photogrammetry in preparation for a career as a surveyor, junior party chief, survey assistant, or mapping technologist. Geomatics technologists work in government, construction, mining, energy exploration, and environmental sectors.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,942
Year 2: $4,942
Year 1 (International): $16,225
Year 2 (International): $16,225

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

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Learn about land surveying, geography, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) and global navigation satellite systems (GPS) through this program that prepares you for a career as a surveyor or mapping technologist in a number of sectors, including government, mining and energy exploration.

Program Details

Program Description

The Geomatics Engineering Technology program will provide you with extensive practical skills combined with a broad theoretical background to acquire tools and techniques used in: land surveying, remote sensing, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), global navigation satellite systems (GPS), photogrammetry, geography and digital mapping.

To succeed in the program, you will need to be comfortable with mathematics and enjoy working with computers and instrumentation. In addition you must be a good team player, have good communication skills, and enjoy working outdoors.

This diploma program is two years in length, consisting of four 15-week semesters.

The program accepts students into first semester in September.

Your Career

Graduates of this program find work as surveying or mapping technologists in a broad range of industry sectors including; land surveying, mapping, energy exploration and production, civil engineering and construction, GIS, mining and natural resources and federal/provincial/municipal governments.

Student Success

Students who enjoy mathematics, are comfortable using computers and instrumentation will experience more success in this program. Additionally, the ideal candidates are methodical and pay attention to detail, have good work ethics and communication skills. Successful students can think visually about geometric forms and can appreciate details in drawings and objects.

Contact time with instructors in lectures and labs is about thirty hours per week. The average student is expected to spend about an additional twenty five hours per week on assignments, studying, and projects.

A career in Geomatics Engineering Technology typically includes both office and field work. Depending on a student's particular career path the proportion of office and field exposure can vary significantly. In the GNT program, students are exposed to field work that simulates field activities.

Additionally, the ideal candidates are methodical and pay attention to detail, have good work ethic and communication skills. GNT graduates will often work in teams of various sizes. In the GNT program, many courses require working in teams for projects or lab assignments. This requires good communication and interpersonal skills.


This program is nationally accredited, at the technologist level, by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). Graduates are eligible for certification by the Alberta Society of Surveying and Mapping Technologies (ASSMT) and the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in Alberta (ASET).

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 50% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 70% in Math 30-2,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • At least 50% in Science 30 or Physics 20.
  • All applicants to must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Geomatics Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.


Program Outline

  • The program is continually reviewed and individual courses are subject to change.
  • SAIT students are offered an opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills in an online environment. One or more courses in the program are offered fully or partially online.
  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals 3.0
ENGD-213 Geomatics Drafting 3.0
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech I 3.0
MAPS-204 Mapping Fundamentals 3.0
SURV-214 Surveying I 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
MATH-288 Math for Engineering & Tech II 3.0
SURV-230 Satellite Positioning 3.0
SURV-248 Surveying II 3.0
SURV-263 Measurement Analysis and Adjustment 3.0
Semester 2 Total
First Year Total

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MAPS-310 Geodesy and Map Projections 3.0
SURV-342 Remote Sensing 3.0
CADD-308 Geomatics CADD Applications 3.0
SURV-330 Surveying III 3.0
MAPS-315 Geographic Information Systems 3.0
Semester 3 Total


Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MAPS-365 Photogrammetry 3.0
PROJ-385 GNT Capstone Project 3.0
SURV-343 Applications in Geomatics Engineering 3.0
MAPS-362 3D Modeling 3.0
SURV-345 Cadastral Surveying 3.0
Semester 4 Total
Second Year Total
Program Total


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $3,980 $440 $523 $4,942
2 $3,980 $440 $523 $4,942

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $15,262 $440 $523 $16,225
2 $15,262 $440 $523 $16,225


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 for the first year and $500 for the second year.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

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Inspiring Stories

Cristi’s career was stalled – despite her ambition, potential and seven years working for an oil and gas company – before she chose to pursue her education at SAIT. With credentials in hand, and after making an incredible mark by pursuing projects at school that earned her international recognition, she was able to propel herself up the corporate ladder.

Kyle was hired before he even finished the program. He said that it's key for someone like him who learns best by doing.

Cristi Birch
Geomatics Engineering Technology | 2013

“To move up in the company, you need something behind you,” she says.

Kyle Johnson
Geomatics Engineering Technology | 2017

"We were checking out equipment on the second day."