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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

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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

Once you've been accepted into the Geomatics Engineering Technology Program you can apply for advanced credit by completing the Transfer Credit/Credential Recognition Payment Form including Proof of Payment and submitting it to Dwayne Westacott, Chair, Geomatics Engineering Technology.

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Geomatics Engineering Technology provides education and training in the collection, analysis, storage, distribution and application of spatial (3D) data used in land development. 

The program emphasizes the use of technology for data collection, including electronic equipment for measuring, satellites for positioning and computers for processing data. You'll learn how to effectively apply the latest tools and techniques to generate plans used across a wide variety of professional disciplines. 

Prospective students should have a strong aptitude for mathematics and computer skills, and enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather. Strong organizational skills are also an asset.

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

Through the course of this 2-year diploma program, you'll learn how to make surveying calculations and become familiar with:

  • surveying field methods
  • cadastral studies
  • cartography
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • global navigation satellite systems theory and applications
  • survey plan preparation
  • effective communications
  • AutoCAD, MicroSurvey, StarNET and ESRI GIS software

As part of your field training, you can expect to spend 1 day each week using surveying equipment outdoors.

Enter the workforce with confidence

The economic growth of any country involves the development of natural resources, construction of public works projects and the expansion of urban centres. This growth requires trained personnel to locate and map geographical features, determine property boundaries for land titles, perform surveys to locate and build transportation systems, and lay out large industrial complexes such as refineries, dam sites, power lines, pipelines and other operations. 

Geomatics Engineering Technology graduates are in high demand, finding employment in both rural and urban environments.

Typical employers include:

  • legal survey firms
  • engineering consultant firms
  • utility companies
  • energy and resource development companies
  • federal, provincial and municipal government departments

Become a trusted professional 

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology. 

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 by these 3 professional associations. 

Continue your education

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

After graduation you can also receive advanced credit towards credentials at the following institutions:

  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia Community College
  • St. Cloud State University

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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General program information

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  • Phone: 780.471.8910

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Advanced credit

Students who have been accepted into the program can apply for Advanced Credit by completing and submitting the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition form. Proof of payment must be included with the application for transfer credit and submitted to Dwayne Westacott, Program Chair:

  • Dwayne Westacott, Program Chair

  • Email: dwaynew@nait.ca

  • Phone: 780.471.7799



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Term 1

COMP1129Excel, Word and AutoCAD I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides the entry-level user with the basic skills necessary to use a microcomputer in the Microsoft Windows environment using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. This course also includes an introduction to AutoCAD.

ENGL1166Effective Communications I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is a specialized and practical course focusing on industry specific professional communications. Topics include an introduction to technical writing processes, organization of project coordination records, report writing, and business workplace communication.

MATH1132Technical Mathematics I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASM132
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Geomatics Engineering Technology. The course identifies the fundamentals of mathematics enabling the student to solve technological problems. Students will acquire knowledge in topics including elementary properties of matrices, systems of equations, trigonometric functions, spherical trigonometry, vectors, triangle solutions, linear and quadratic equations, and exponential and logarithmic functions.

SURV1101Survey Calculations I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Co-requisite: SURV1111.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET101
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the basic surveying principles required for a thorough understanding of surveying techniques related to distance measurement, differential levelling, angular measurement, traversing, intersections, and the theory of errors. It provides the basic framework required for more advanced survey topics in the second semester. Surveying principles will be presented along with class and field exercises that emphasize and reinforce concepts (field exercises are carried out in the SURV1111 course).

SURV1111Field Methods I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Co-requisite: SURV1101.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the student to basic surveying field procedures and equipment related to the measurement of distances, angles, and elevation differences. The focus will be on good field survey procedures, sources of error, and error checks. Field work will be compared to typical industry standards. Particular emphasis will be placed on field note format, field note content, and use of survey equipment. Field procedures will reinforce theoretical concepts presented in SURV1101.

Term 2

COMP1235AutoCAD II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: COMP1129.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET230
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is an intermediate course in the use of AutoCAD and coordinate geometry calculations. The student will begin to apply the use of AutoCAD to Geomatics related tasks. Topics include coordinate geometry calculations and basic plan preparation.

ENGL1282Effective Communications II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: ENGL1166.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE282
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In ENGL 1282, students will apply and expand the skills acquired in ENGL 1166 to work with information relevant to the field of Geomatics Engineering. The course covers research, meetings, reports, and oral presentations. Students will also learn applied research skills that they will need for a technical project to be done in ENGL 2383. These skills include proposal writing, research, documentation, and technical presentation

MATH2332Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: MATH1132.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASM332
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Geomatics Engineering Technology students, introducing statistical concepts required for Geomatics including: descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression (least squares curve fitting) and Chi-square test for goodness of fit and independence.

SURV1201Survey Calculations II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: SURV1101. Co-requisite: SURV1211.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET201
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Calculations required for circular curves, spiral curves, vertical curves, cross-sections and earthwork volumes. Application of basic geometric design principles involving roadways. Hydrographic surveying principles for inland waters. Theory of land subdivision systems in Alberta and associated calculations using Canada Lands Survey tables.

SURV1211Field Methods II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: SURV1111. Co-requisite: SURV1201.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET211
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This second course in Field Methods is intended to reinforce skills introduced in SURV1101, and SURV1111, and to combine the use of various instruments and equipment on survey projects. Topics of study include accuracy of measurements, precise total station leveling, adjustment and maintenance of survey instruments and equipment, calibration of electronic distance measurement equipment, layout of horizontal curves, grading, and slopestakes.

SURV1225Global Navigation Satellite Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: SURV1111.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET225
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces students to the basic concepts associated with the Global Positioning System (GPS). A variety of positioning techniques are discussed, and GPS receivers and software are used to illustrate the principles and applications that are commonly employed in cadastral, control, and engineering surveys.

Term 3

ENGL2383Technical Report Project
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: ENGL1282.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE383
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In ENGL2383, students will apply and expand the skills acquired in ENGL1166 and ENGL1282 to work with information relevant to the field of Geomatics Engineering Technology. The course covers meetings, reports, and oral presentations. Students will also learn applied research skills that they will need for a technical project. These skills include proposal writing, research, documentation, and technical presentation.

MATH2355Technical Mathematics II and Calculus I
  • Requisites: Pre-Requisites: MATH1132.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is a course for Geomatics Engineering Technology students. This course allows students to acquire knowledge in topics including matrices, elementary properties of matrices, and solving systems of linear equations using matrix techniques. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of calculus including limits, derivatives, applied maximum-minimum problems, applications involving related rates, differentials and applied problems.

SURV2301Cadastral Studies
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: SURV1201. Co-requisite: SURV2311.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET301
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers cadastral surveying concepts as practiced in Western Canada. A thorough review of the Dominion Lands Survey system and the third system of survey is undertaken. Property surveys for private and public lands are studied through reference to the Surveys Act (Alberta), the Canada Lands Surveys Act, and related material. Major topics include survey law, monumentation, the land titles system, and the legal description of land. The course includes theory associated with road surveys, subdivision surveys, real property reports, oilfield surveys and the theoretical position of wellsites in Alberta and the theory and application of astronomical observations. The instructor and guest speakers reflect upon the practice and profession of Land Surveying in Alberta.

SURV2311Field Methods III
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: SURV1211, SURV1225. Co-requisite: SURV2301.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET311
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This third course in surveying field methods will provide the learner with additional practical experience utilizing both conventional surveying equipment, and Real Time Kinematic (RTK) - Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment. Topics of study will include horizontal & vertical survey control procedures, legal survey boundary retracement, location & assessment of legal survey evidence, trigonometric leveling, wellsite surveys, real property report surveys, subdivision surveys, and detailed site surveys. Students will gain experience using total station survey equipment, data collectors, precise levels, and RTK equipment. Students will also gain experience with field data management, and the transfer of data from field equipment to office-related computer software applications.

SURV2331Survey Calculations using MSCAD
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: COMP1235, SURV1201.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET331
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Introduction to MicroSurvey coordinate geometry software and related geomatics engineering calculations and applications. Transfer and processing of field data through the use of data collection devices and related software.

SURV2347Map Projections
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: SURV1201.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET341, GET347
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces students to the art and science of maps; aided by interpreting features on the National Topographic Series (NTS) and other maps. The emphasis of the course is the study of map projections and the use and determination of UTM and 3TM coordinates.

Term 4

SURV2401Engineering Surveys
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: SURV1201, SURV1211.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the student to concepts of engineering surveying. Emphasis will be placed on alignment, layout, quantity and as-built surveys. Survey techniques relating to these surveys will be presented and applied in outdoor settings. Basic project management concepts relating to Geomatics Engineering will also be introduced.

SURV2411Field Methods IV
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: SURV2301, SURV2311. Co-requisite: SURV2421.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET411
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the student to the application of advanced survey techniques in control, topographic, GNSS, and engineering surveys. This course involves the use of total stations, precise levels and GNSS equipment to perform boundary retracement surveys, re-establishment of subdivision boundaries, control surveys, site surveys, building stakeouts, and surveys for underground tunneling projects.

SURV2421Least Squares and Data Analysis
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: MATH2332, MATH2355, SURV2311.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET421
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Error analysis, principles of least squares, and adjustments. Use of matrix algebra involved in adjustment of observations. Apply the law of random error propagation to determine variance and covariance matrices. Conduct pre-analysis of survey measurements. Derive parametric and condition equations and formulate adjustment equations. Apply adjustment equations to survey control networks. Assessment of the quality of the adjustment solutions (variance factor, variance-covariance matrix, error ellipse).

SURV2444Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: SURV2347.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the student to the fields of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). Remote sensing introduces aerial photographs and satellite imagery. Topics include the geometry of the vertical photograph, determining scale, heights, areas, mapping, photo interpretation, and analytical photogrammetry. Drones, LIDAR, and 3 D scanning are studied. Geographic Information Systems covers topics of data capture, geo-referencing, data structure, data quality, database, and database management systems. With the geographic information in the GIS, analysis can be completed by queries and analysis; proximity, buffer, adjacency and data mining.

SURV2451Survey Plan Preparation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: SURV2301, SURV2331.
  • Course Equivalencies: GET451
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is intended to further develop students’ skills in operating computer software in survey-related applications, while enhancing their knowledge in the content of survey plans. Students will create and analyze survey plans as per the requirements of registry systems in the Province of Alberta.

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Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 or 75% in Math 30-2 or 75% in Applied Math 30
  • One of: Science 30, Chemistry 30 or Physics 20
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

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