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Survey Technician

Survey Technician

Develop skills in the surveying profession. Embark on a challenging, high-tech career that gets you outdoors and provides a wide range of opportunities in geomatics.

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Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
COGS • Lawrencetown Full time • In-class Seats available


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 boundary between two parcels of land and controlling the layout of buildings and highways.

To accomplish this, surveyors employ a number of technological approaches for measuring the physical world. These include use of highly accurate modern instruments for measuring and recording distances, angles and heights, as well as advanced positioning devices such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

In this program, you learn practical measurement skills and techniques, as well as the theories related to surveying. Throughout the program, you participate in supervised field work, labs and projects designed to introduce you to the field of surveying. You also work with modern equipment, hardware and software.

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

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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.

Co-operative education

  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course for students continuing on to Geomatics Engineering Technology program.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program.
  • Opportunities are full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks between year one and two.
  • Employers, as co-educators, provide learning opportunities beyond the bounds of the classroom giving you a well-rounded education enriched by practical application.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWEIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • At the end of this year, you are ready to start work as a Survey Technician. Potential employers include public sector organizations such as provincial and federal departments of Public Works and private sector firms specializing in cadastral surveying, construction and engineering surveying.
  • Some graduates from this program obtain positions as field and technical support staff, while many choose to continue their studies in our Geomatics Engineering Technology program. Students have found that going on to this second-year program enhances their skills and accelerates their career paths.

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 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 up-to-date equipment and software and get the hands-on training that makes our grads the preferred choice of employers.
  • 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.

Other info

  • Completion of this program provides the admission requirement for the Geomatics Engineering Technology program.
  • Graduates are able to receive credit towards the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) examination requirements.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with the 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
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SUTN 1000   Surveying I
SUTN 1001   Survey Mathematics
SUTN 1006   Fieldwork I
SUTN 1011   Introduction to AutoCAD
SUTN 1018   Communications Fundamentals
SUTN 2004   Advanced Mapping
SUTN 2007   Surveying II
SUTN 2008   Automated Drafting and Coordinate Geometry
SUTN 2009   Introduction to Geodesy and Map Projections
SUTN 2013   Survey Law
SUTN 2015   Fieldwork II
SUTN 2018   Technical Writing
SUTN 2019   Global Navigation Satellite System
SUTN 2031   Advanced Computer Applications
SUTN 2501   Field Camp

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