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Surveying and Geomatics Technologists

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.


Work Activities
Drafting, Laying Out and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts and Equipment
Preparing detailed drawings, charts, plans, survey notes and reports.
Evaluating Information
Utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing for spatial analysis.
Determining precise geographic locations using global positioning systems (GPS) equipment.
Getting Information
Using global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to monitor earth orbiting satellites to determine geographic positions.
Performing Administrative Activities
Keeping records, measurements and other survey information in systematic order.
Attention to Detail
Computers and Electronics
Quality Control Analysis
Critical Thinking
Document Use
Career Path
  • GIS Analyst
  • Land Surveyor (Licensed)
  • Pipeline and Road Planning
  • Pipeline Integrity
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths for this occupation:
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Available Jobs
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Land survey technician

Posted on May 14 2019

By a. aziz surveyors inc.

Richmond hill Dependant upon experience
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
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Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists


Oil and gas services

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary diploma