Geomatics Engineering Technology

Free information session: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016
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Fall 2017 start: applications open on Oct. 19, 2016.

  • Two-year diploma
  • Fall start
  • Graduates in high demand

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. In addition, successful students can work independently and as a member of a team and enjoy the outdoors.

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.