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Geomatics Engineering Technology

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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.

Sep 01, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Learn skills to become a land surveyor

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.

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Geomatics Engineering Technology careers

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
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Hear from our grads

“NAIT’s Geomatics Engineering Technology program equips students with strong conceptual and working knowledge of land survey theory and geomatics engineering technology applications. The assignments I completed during the program still help me every day in efficiently carrying out tasks on a project whether in field or in the office.”

Aman Sidhu
Geomatics Engineering Technology ’12,
Professional Land Surveyor at McElhanney Ltd.

“I would 100% recommend the NAIT Geomatics Engineering Technology program. The program set a path for me to continue having a successful career in the field of Geomatics. The teachers are great and very knowledgeable. What we learn in the program is what we utilize in the real world.”

Mauz Sherriff
Geomatics Engineering Technology ’15,
Positioning Technology Manager at Brandt Tractor Ltd.

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 (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

Bachelor of Technology

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

Advanced Credit

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).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • 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.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

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