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Geomatics Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

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: $5,599
Year 2: $5,599

Year 1 (International): $18,896
Year 2 (International): $18,896

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

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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.

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

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.


Have questions about this specific program?

Contact the School of Construction

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date. 
  • Fall 2020 start: applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.

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.

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.


Program Outline

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 & 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 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


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
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*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 4,377 $682 $288 $252 $ 5,599
2 $ 4,377 $682 $288 $252 $ 5,599

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,466 $682 $288 $460 $18,896
2 $17,466 $682 $288 $460 $18,896


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 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.

Next steps for incoming students

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

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

Fall 2020


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

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 workstation hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

  • Solid Wi-Fi connection at home

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

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

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

You’ll receive more details about your textbooks on your first day of classes. No textbooks will be required in this program.


Phone:  403.284.8367
Email:  construction.GNT@sait.ca

Academic chair

Jess Villeneuve, Academic Chair
Email:  jess.villeneuve@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

After discovering the Geomatics Engineering program at the University of Calgary wasn't a good fit for him, and getting a recommendation from friends who had previously taken the program, Umer decided to enrol at SAIT. He is now employed and planning to work his way to becoming an Alberta Land Surveyor. 

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.

Umer Shaukat
Geomatics Engineering Technology | 2018

"What surprised me was how in-depth they go," he says. "I thought it would be a general overview but each specific subject they go over in-depth. It was a really good experience." 

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."

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