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The Geological Technology – Exploration specialization is not currently accepting new applications
The Geological Technology – Exploration specialization is under review. Should you have any questions, please contact Bruce Reinders at email@example.com. Please note, Geological Technology – GeoEnvironmental is accepting applications.
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.
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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).
Our instructors have years of industry experience and are committed to student success.
You’ll participate in a wide range of activities, including:
On average you can expect to spend:
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.
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.
Initial job placements for graduates of the exploration specialization stream are often:
Initial job placements for graduates of the geo-environmental specialization stream are often:
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.
You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech). Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available.
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Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology degree.
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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