- Exploration and production
- Oil and Gas Services
- Post-secondary diploma
About This Career
Traditional mapping techniques have evolved into geomatics—an ever expanding field that combines traditional data with electronic survey equipment, sensors and computer software to map natural and man-made physical features, property boundaries and more.
Have an interest in geography? Are you keen to work with the latest high-tech gadgets? Do you like exploring? If this sounds familiar, you may have the framework to be a Surveying and Geomatics Technologist.
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.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing for spatial analysis
- Determining precise geographic locations using global positioning systems (GPS) equipment
- Researching land titles, legal survey plans, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, geographical databases and other relevant information when planning surveys
- Using global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to monitor earth orbiting satellites to determine geographic positions
- This occupation typically requires a two- to three-year diploma in geomatics or land survey technology although some experience may supplement the education requirements.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Asbestos Safety
- Respirator fit testing
- Aerial lift training
- Traffic Control
- 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
You are observant with strong math skills and can analyze spatial data. You are a problem solver.
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking
- Document use
- Computers and electronics
- Computer use
- Judgment and decision making
- Quality control analysis
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration
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Also known as
- Engineering Survey Technologist
- Geodetic Survey Technologist
- Geomatics Technologist - Land Surveying
- Land Survey Technologist
- Physical Sciences Technologist
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