Entry Senior

Geomatics Engineer

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

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Analyzing spatial information and data using plans, maps, charts and computer applications such as CAD and GIS. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS);Inertial Navigation Systems (INS);airborne (manned and unmanned) and space borne photography; ground based and airborne laser scanning systems (LIDAR); multispectral data collection and analysis; industrial metrology; computer hardware, software and firmware and related interfacing data acquisition systems; electronic distance, angle and height measurement, calibration, digital cartography and GIS
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Communicating findings and interpretations internally and collaborating with other engineering positions.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Managing the planning and execution of the storage of remote sensing products and services.
Getting Information
Acquiring and integrating data for legal boundary definitions.
Acquiring and integrating data for in real-time support of positioning and navigation.
Acquiring and integrating data for the development and implementation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GIS software applications.
Interacting With Computers
Handling spatial data through various computer system interfaces.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring remote sensing data or other geospatial data.
Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work
Planning, designing, developing and managing projects related to construction or repairing of extraction activities, facilities and pipelines.
Thinking Creatively
Creating and implementing project plans.
Developing GPS components and internal systems.
Engineering and Technology
Computers and Electronics
Quality Control Analysis
Systems Analysis
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths:
  • Geomatics Engineer
  • Geophysics roles
  • GIS Professional
Related Careers
Working Conditions
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
  • Fieldoroffice
    Office or Field Based
Transferable Sectors
  • Vitaculture
  • Agriculture
  • Public administration, including regulatory
  • Forestry and logging
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Mining and quarrying
Job Details

Job Category



Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • 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.