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Geomatics Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2022

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Online or Blended

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Overview

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.

Is this the right fit for me?

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 25 hours per week on assignments, studying, and projects. 

A career in Geomatics Engineering Technology typically includes both office and fieldwork. 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 fieldwork 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.

Accreditation

This program is nationally accredited, at the technologist level, by Technology Accreditation Canada. 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).

Credentials

After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates may pursue job opportunities in land surveying, mapping, energy exploration and production, civil engineering and construction, geographic information systems (GIS), mining and natural resources and all levels of government.

Potential positions include: 

  • surveyor
  • mapping technologist 

 Related careers include: 

  • geomatics engineer 
  • engineering design and drafting technologist 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,147
Year 2: $6,147

Year 1 (International): $19,673
Year 2 (International): $20,546

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

How to apply

Constructing the future

How digital technology is changing the way we learn and work in construction.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.

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, AND,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • At least 50% in Science 30 or Physics 20.

All applicants 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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

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 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

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add construction.gnt@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
MATH-288 Math for Engineering & Technology 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
15.0
First Year Total
30.0

Second year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CADD-308 Geomatics CADD Applications 3.0
MAPS-310 Geodesy and Map Projections 3.0
MAPS-315 Geographic Information Systems 3.0
SURV-330 Surveying III 3.0
SURV-342 Remote Sensing 3.0
Semester 3 Total
15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
MAPS-362 3D Modeling 3.0
MAPS-365 Photogrammetry 3.0
PROJ-385 GNT Capstone Project 3.0
SURV-343 Applications in Geomatics Engineering 3.0
SURV-345 Cadastral Surveying 3.0
Semester 4 Total
15.0
Second Year Total
30.0
Program Total
60.0

Progression

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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland (The Marine Institute)
  • NAIT
  • SAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Calgary

To learn more, visit  Transfer Options.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $4,814 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,147
2 $4,814 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,147

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $18,340 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,673
2 $19,213 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,546

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 for the first year and $500 for the second year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place Aug. 31 online and Sept 2 on campus (optional). Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a  standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

Wait to purchase your equipment, we'll discuss industry-approved PPE in class.

Preparation courses

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone:  403.284.8469
Email:  construction.GNT@sait.ca

Academic chair

Blair Marsden, Academic Chair
Email: blair.marsden@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.gnt@sait.ca

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