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Geomatics Engineering Technology

Geomatics Engineering Technology

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

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Start Date:
1 Year
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.
COGS • Lawrencetown Full time • In-class Seats available

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 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.

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Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Why Take It"Specialized skills for many rewarding career opportunities."
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    Cool Activity"Use both digital and analogue instruments for measuring and recording distances, angles and heights as well as GPS."
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    Project Work"Apply surveying skills to a wide variety of activities – resource exploration, determining 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 one third 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.

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.

Student Success

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.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GETG 5002   Geodesy and Map Projections
GETG 5011   Statistics and Adjustments
GETG 5022   Automated Drafting i
GETG 5024   Global Navigation Satellite System
GETG 5025   Applied Technology Project I
GETG 5027   Fieldwork I
GETG 5030   Geographic Information Systems
GETG 5040   Construction Surveying
GETG 6021   Cadastral Studies and the Survey Profession
GETG 6022   Automated Drafting II
GETG 6026   Applied Technology Project II
GETG 6028   Fieldwork II
GETG 6080   Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Airborne LiDAR
GETG 6501   Field Camp
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
    Geomatics Engineering Technology Elective. In addition to their required courses, learners will also complete 0.5 units (30 hours) from the following list of courses: GETG 6050, GETG 6051, GETG 6100

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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