About This Career
Surveying and Geomatics Technologists conduct or participate in surveying of natural and manmade structures on the earth’s surface, as well as underground and underwater, to measure distance, angles, elevations and contours in order to determine exact locations and relative positions. They undertake research using land titles, aerial photographs, satellite imagery and geospatial databases. These technologists analyze data and perform calculations to prepare drawings, plans, charts and reports.
Surveying and Geomatics Technologists work alone or with teams of land surveyors, engineers or other technologists. They work indoors compiling and analyzing data, and outdoors conducting surveys in all weather conditions. In the course of their work, they use a wide variety of surveying and computer equipment including electronic distance measuring instruments and Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Geographic Information Systems, digital mapping systems and 3D scanning.
Surveying and Geomatics Technologists may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey, or engineering survey.
Education: This occupation typically requires a two- to three-year diploma in geomatics or land survey technology although some experience may supplement the education requirements.
Employment: This occupation is employed in onshore and offshore environments and in the oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example job titles: Engineering Survey Technologist, Geodetic Survey Technologist, Geomatics Technologist - Land Surveying, Land Survey Technologist, and Physical Sciences Technologist.
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths for this occupation:
- GIS Analyst
- Pipeline Integrity
- Pipeline and Road Planning
- Land Surveyor (Licensed)
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Forestry and logging
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Mining and quarrying
Technicians and Technologists
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary diploma
- Certification by provincial associations of technicians and technologists may be required by some employers. In Alberta this occupation is regulated by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
- In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title Professional Technologist.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Asbestos safety
- Fall protection
- Respirator fit testing
- Aerial lift training
- Traffic control
- Construction Safety Training System