Geomatics and Surveying Engineering Technology

Diploma

Program Overview

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

Learning Environment

  • 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

Supplies

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.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Geomatics 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, drawings and more. You may seek a more mainstream surveyor career or specialize in the GIS industry. Geomatics technologists have the opportunity to advance to become a Commissioned Land Surveyor within their region or territory.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Commissioned Land SurveyorLand Surveyors (2154)$56,200 - $104,000
Geomatics TechnologistLand Surveyor Technologists and Technicians (2254)$36,100 - $92,000
GIS TechnologistTechnical Occupations in Geomatics and Meteorology (2255)$46,300 - $101,900

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September
Refer also to our approved Academic Year
Length:

80 weeks


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Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Math A30, B30 and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 240 Advanced Algebra and Functions
  • 256 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

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.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2020/21 Academic Year

Year 2 - $11,850
Year 3 - 6,745

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.


All students can apply to write a challenge exam to receive credit for MAT 110.  For more information, please contact the Department Head of Arts & Sciences.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of this program may be eligible for a full block transfer into the third year of the Geomatics degree program.
Graduates of the Geomatics and Surveying Engineering Technology Diploma may be eligible for 36 cu in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Environmental Studies or Petroleum degree programs 
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer into Bachelor of Technology Degree with 39 credit hours (13 courses) to be completed, including a technical project and report
Graduates of this program with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (75%) may qualify for admission to Queen's University's BTech (Mining) Degree Program. Block transfer of 72 units less the required Customized Bridge Course units will be granted upon admission. Students must pass each prescribed bridge course with a minimum C- in order to progress to Year 3 of the BTech (Mining) Program.
Graduates of this program with minimum 2.50 GPA may be admitted into the Post-Diploma B.Sc. (Geography, with a Concentration in Geographical Information Science) at the University of Lethbridge. If admitted, the graduate will be 3rd year degree level student in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Student Awards

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. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredits the program at the Technologist level.

TAC is a bold, world class accreditation organization, delivering accreditation services for the engineering technology and applied science profession in Canada.

Professional Registration

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan

Technology Professionals Saskatchewan is the provincial regulatory body for graduates of this Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.  As a graduate of an accredited program recognized by Technology Professionals Saskatchewan, your academic training places you on an expedited path towards obtaining professional registration as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Technician (C.Tech.).  For more information, visit tpsk.ca

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