History has shown us that exploration and navigation have led to the development of many science-based careers and geomatics is one of these. Students in our Geomatics program will learn about representing the world and its environment and the importance of the three-dimensional information that we see every day. You will learn a variety of surveying techniques from the fundamentals of cadastral surveying using ground-based equipment to data collection with the modern space-based GPS systems. You will also learn how smart phones can provide you with live maps and how geographic information systems (GIS) can be used to update and analyze these maps. You will be introduced to remote sensing technologies for land-use/land-cover planning, resource mapping, atmospheric monitoring and environment management.
If you enjoy discovering the unknown and travelling to unexplored placed that not many people have experienced, if you are creative and like to think on your feet and solve problems on your own, if you enjoy the freedom and experiences that the natural environment has to offer and take pride in seeing what others have missed, then Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Geomatics and Surveying Engineering Technology program will appeal to you.
Our Geomatics and Surveying Engineering Technology program has national recognition from the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS).
The Geomatics and Surveying Engineering Technology program is a three-year diploma program offered full time at Moose Jaw Campus. You'll take five academic semesters and participate in three Co-operative Education work terms.
You'll develop knowledge and skills based on industry standards in the collection, storage, manipulation, analysis, retrieval and presentation of geographic information. You'll learn how to:
- collect three-dimensional information from the field using modern survey-grade equipment
- analyze and derive information using aerial photographs and satellite imagery
- use laser scanners and remote sensing methods to collect information for engineering applications
- prepare plans based on data collected from various sources including field surveys and UAV flights
- produce professional industry-focus reports
The Co-op Work Term Advantage
Co-operative work terms are paid placements with leading companies to allow you to gain working experience with an opportunity to earn while learning. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges interviews with industry partners to provide real-world experiences to enhance your learning experience. These work terms will also allow you to enhance your professional networking during your education. You will receive a diploma with built-in working experience at graduation.
Many of our co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan driver's license and a clean Driver's Abstract for employment. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a driver's license; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a valid driver's license from your home country if possible.
Some opportunities require a Criminal Record Check and/or drug and alcohol testing.
Diploma to Degree
Use your diploma to ladder into a technology degree at
- Construction Management degree
- BCIT in British Columbia;
- Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia;
- Memorial University in Newfoundland;
- Queen's University in Ontario; or
- University of Lethbridge
- 20 students are accepted each year
- students will experience outdoor and project work, lectures, labs and co-operative work terms
- class hours are typically from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; students are expected to complete homework for most courses each week outside class time
- there are many group projects that require coordination
- it is very important that students take initiative and manage their work time effectively
Along with your own school supplies, you will be expected to bring your own safety vest and over the ankle CSA-approved boots. A current valid Standard First Aid certification is recommended. Outdoor classes are delivered in all weather conditions and students are expected to dress for extended periods outdoors.