About This Career
Geomatics Engineers design, develop, and operate systems for collecting and analyzing spatial information about land, oceans, natural resources as well as manmade infrastructure features. Geomatics Engineers undertake computer modelling to solve a variety of problems that relate to spatial location using data from field surveys, lab experiments and other data collection methods.
Geomatics Engineers can specialize in areas such as Geodetics Engineering (Global Surveyors), Navigation and Positioning Engineering, Photogrammetric or Remote Sensing Engineering or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Engineering.
These positions typically interact with those in other engineering departments, clients and other service providers. They employ various types of sophisticated technologies and geospatial information systems such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Inertial Navigation Systems, airborne (manned and unmanned) and space borne photography, ground based and airborne laser scanning systems, multispectral data collection and analysis, industrial metrology, computer hardware, software, firmware and related interfacing data acquisition systems. Geomatics Engineers also perform remote sensing with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Employment: Geomatics Engineers are employed in the exploration and production, oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Education: Geomatics Engineers require a four-year undergraduate degree in engineering with a specialization in geomatics or survey engineering and a license from the provincial engineering accreditation body.
Example job titles: Geodetic Engineer, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Engineer, Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Engineer, Remote Sensing Engineer and Surveying Engineer
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
- Geomatics Engineer
- Geophysics roles
- GIS Professional
Some Overtime Required
Office or Field Based
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Forestry and logging
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Mining and quarrying
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary degree
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- H2S Alive
- Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
- Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a Professional Practice examination.