Computers have reinvented the way we see our world. Surveying and mapping have evolved into geomatics—a growing field that uses satellite receivers, electronic survey equipment and computer software to map natural and man-made physical features, property boundaries and more.
If you’re interested in geography and exploring the world around you, if you like working with computers and high-tech gadgets and if you have a detail-oriented, analytical-type mind, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Geomatics and Surveying Engineering Technology program will appeal to you.
The Geomatics and Surveying Engineering Technology program is a three-year diploma offered full time at the Moose Jaw campus. You’ll take five academic semesters and participate in two Co-operative Education work terms.
You’ll develop knowledge and skills in the collection, storage, manipulation, analysis and retrieval of geographic data. You’ll learn how to:
You’ll learn from experienced instructors on leading-edge technology. You’ll participate in survey field camps, conduct applied research and apply your skills to hands-on projects.
Co-operative work terms are paid, so you’ll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it’s up to you to shine. It’s a chance to develop important “soft skills” in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.
Use your diploma to ladder into a technology degree at BCIT in British Columbia or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
Geomatic technologists are in high demand. Your first job will likely be as a field surveyor in an urban or remote environment. You could also work in an office using field data, aerial photographs and satellite imagery to create computer-based maps and drawings and more.
Potential employers include surveying, mapping and geomatics companies; engineering consulting firms; mining companies; public utilities; telecommunication companies; municipalities and government departments (highways, infrastructure, environment, etc.).
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Project Coordinator||Construction Managers (711)||$41,600 - $120,000|
|Land Surveyor||Land Surveyors (2154)||$36,200 - $122,400|
|Geomatics Technologist||Mapping and Related Technologists and Technicians (2255)||$49,800 - $77,700|
There are five academic semesters and two consecutive mandatory paid Co-operative Education work terms. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $8,200
Year 2 - $5,500
Year 3 - $3,300
|Sept - Dec||Jan - Apr||May - Aug|
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Work term 1|
|Year 2||Work term 2||Semester 3||May - July
|Year 3||Semester 5|
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.
The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Engineering Technologist level, which allows you to work across Canada.