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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Geological Technology Exploration

Sep 08, 2020
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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

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Unlock the undiscovered potential of what lies below the surface of the Earth. From resource exploration to surveying and land development, geological technologists use their knowledge of rock, groundwater and sedimentary formations to inform major decisions across a number of industries.

NAIT’s 2-year Geological Technology diploma program will provide you with a solid background in physical geology, petrology, hydrogeology, geophysics, structural geology, historical geology and sedimentary geology. You’ll also develop foundational mathematics, chemistry and applied science knowledge and receive essential safety training to ensure you and your colleagues are safe in the field.

This program is Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) Certified.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In addition to lectures and labs, our program is supported by immersive field trips and guest lectures from industry experts. You’ll see active mines and sites of geological interest, and in Year 2 of the program you’ll spend a full week in the field. These trips will help bridge course theory to real-world applications and give you a preview of possible careers. 

Throughout the program, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and interact with your instructors thanks to our commitment to providing small classes (40 students maximum) and labs (20 students).

Industry knowledge

Our instructors have years of industry experience and are committed to student success.

You’ll participate in a wide range of activities, including:

  • researching, interpreting and mapping geology of a given area 
  • identifying common rocks, minerals, glacial deposits 
  • constructing geologic maps and cross-sections 
  • performing basic surveying 
  • using software applications used in the field
  • interpreting air photos 

On average you can expect to spend:

  • 28 hours per week attending classes and labs over the course of a semester
  • 10 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments

Choose your path

We offer 2 specializations that will help you target the career path that most interests you. 


Our exploration specialization will give you the skills required to work in resource exploration and development sectors. You’ll gain a full understanding of geochemistry and geophysics, conduct and interpret geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys, prepare subsurface maps and cross-sections, collect field data and analyze rock and mineral specimens. 


In our geo-environmental specialization, we’ll show you how to assess groundwater quality and quantity, and discuss what is required to safely remediate contaminated sites. Water and the way it moves through the ground will be a major focus of study in this specialization, and your ability to properly assess environmental risks and conditions will be put to the test. You will perform environmental site assessments, implement remediation and reclamation strategies at contaminated sites, conduct groundwater exploration and determine groundwater quantity and quality. 

Enter the workforce with confidence

Upon graduation, you may find employment across a range of resource-related industries on the local, national and international scene. Many of our graduates find work within the petroleum, mineral and environmental sectors, and with engineering consulting firms, government agencies and environmental consulting companies. You may also find opportunities in groundwater control associated with mining and construction activities.

Senior technologists may move into positions that involve supervising other technologists and geologists.


Exploration specialization

Initial job placements for graduates of the exploration specialization stream are often:

  • technologists working in mineral exploration
  • technologists working with regulatory agencies
  • technologists working with oil companies and oilfield service companies

Geo-environmental specialization

Initial job placements for graduates of the geo-environmental specialization stream are often:

  • technologists working with environmental consulting firms
  • technologists working with regulatory agencies
  • technologists working with resources companies (mineral, petroleum, coal, etc.)

Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Geological Technology. The program is Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) Certified.

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. Graduates may choose to work toward Professional Licensee (P.L.) under APEGA.

Continue your studies

...at NAIT

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Learn more about NAIT's BTech program

...at university

  • Advanced credit may be awarded on a course-by-course basis at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and other post-secondary institutions
  • BSc in Environmental Science, Royal Roads University - A formal transfer credit agreement exists with Royal Roads University that allows students entry into Year 3 of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree program (some upgrading is required)

Articulation agreements

Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca.

For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca.

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

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BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
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*Program availability is subject to change without notice.