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Geographic Information Systems Technician

Obtain a solid grounding in the basics of geographic sciences and the geomatics tools and technology you need to build a successful career.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate

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Overview

This program gives you the foundation you need to start a successful career in geographic sciences. You learn the basics of geographic sciences, how to use geomatics tools and technology (global positioning systems [GPS], geographic information systems [GIS], remote sensing) and you explore the individual disciplines and their interdependence.

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

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 an environment that is dedicated to geomatics training, working 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 COGS grads the preferred choice of employers.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Important Abilities and Skills – Coursework or experience in geographic science, as well as good computer skills (computer terminology, file management, internet and office applications), are recommended to be successful in this program.
  • 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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
COGS Lawrencetown Full time In-class Seats available

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates are prepared to enter a rapidly-growing industry.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including your math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB)

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

COMM 2008 - Communication and Portfolio Development

COMP 1030 - Introduction to Computer Applications and Databases

GIST 1000 - GIS I

GIST 1006 - Geodesy and Data Acquisition

GIST 1007 - Terrain Analysis

GIST 1008 - Introduction to Remote Sensing

GIST 1009 - Introduction to Mapping

GIST 1010 - Web GIS

GIST 2000 - GIS II

GIST 2001 - Open Source GIS

GIST 2002 - Mobile GIS

GIST 2005 - Geoprocessing and Problem Solving

GIST 2006 - Environmental Analysis Studio

GIST 2007 - Introduction to CAD

GIST 2020 - Applied Learning

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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