Geomatics Engineering Technology

Enhance your surveying skills and experience by developing a broader understanding of the theoretical concepts used in geomatics.


Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2014 COGS • Lawrencetown • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

If you have a background in surveying, either through the NSCC Survey Technician Certificate or equivalent work experience, this program gives you the next level of skills you need to increase your job advancement opportunities. You learn in a team environment with the newest technologies to prepare you for work as a Geomatics Engineering Technologist.

Surveying is the science of measuring the physical world around us to determine the shape and position of objects or features. Surveying skills are applied to a wide variety of activities, from exploration for natural resources such as oil and natural gas to determining the boundaries between parcels of land to controlling the layout of buildings and highways. This program delivers the practical measurement skills and techniques, as well as the theory behind them.

This program is located at NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). COGS is the Lawrencetown site of Annapolis Valley Campus.

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Why Take It"Specialized skills for many rewarding career opportunities."
  2. Cool Activity"Use both digital and analogue instruments for measuring and recording distances, angles and heights as well as GPS."
  3. Project Work"Apply surveying skills to a wide variety of activities – resource exploration, determing land boundaries, and supporting major construction."

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the Survey Technician certificate program, or equivalent training or experience.

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) provides a focused approach to geomatics training. COGS has earned a strong reputation among employers and geomatics professionals for the quality of the programs, hands-on training and practical learning provided to students.
  • You learn in the field. More than 1/3 of your program time is spent working on field projects.
  • Earn recognized credentials – This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • You learn at a campus location that is dedicated to geomatics training and work alongside other students studying related disciplines.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • You use the most up-to-date equipment and software and get the hands-on training that makes grads the preferred choice of employers.
  • NSCC University Articulation & Transfer Agreements – This program may provide advanced standing for graduates who want to continue their studies to complete a related degree at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).

Employment Opportunities

Construction companies, private survey firms, oil and natural gas exploration companies, survey equipment sales companies, and related roles in the public sector. Employment opportunities are available throughout Canada, the USA and abroad.

Other Info

  • Graduates are able to receive specified credit towards the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) examination requirements.
  • Some graduates go on to complete additional qualifications through the Marine Geomatics Program, or advanced civil engineering, and CAD-based occupational training.

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