Do you like a mix of outdoor and computer work?  Would you like to gain skills that could be applied in a range of industries, from construction and mining to urban planning and mapping social information?  Then the Surveying and Geospatial Engineering program may be for you.  This program will teach you the science of taking spatial data and presenting it in a visual format.  This program is nationally and internationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

In the first year, you'll receive a comprehensive introduction to survey and engineering fundamentals with opportunities to do land surveying, mapping and other data collections.  In second year, you'll hone your skills collecting, mapping and analyzing high-precision location data, using industry-standard software.   

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Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst
  • Geographic Information Systems Technologist
  • Land Planning & Mapping
  • Mapping Technologist
  • Precision Agriculture Analyst
  • Survey Assistant
  • Survey Party Chief
  • Survey Plan Checker

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2 years

Dates and Deadlines

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Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024


This program is available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted into the Surveying Geospatial Engineering Technology program in the Fall (September) term only.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • a minimum grade of 50 percent in Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-1) or 60 percent in Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2)
  • Grade 11 Physics or Grade 12 Science

Please note that Grade 12 Biology and/or Grade 12 Chemistry will not be accepted in lieu of Grade 12 Science.

Basic understanding of computer technology such as word processing, copying files and familiarity working in a Windows-based environment is required.

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology diploma.

National and International Accreditation

The Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology program is nationally accredited with Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). A TAC nationally accredited program represents excellence in education, providing students, parents, faculty and industry confidence the program has met the standards of the profession and graduates have the requisite knowledge and skill set to competently enter the workforce. - Technology Accreditation Canada.  

As a result of the accreditation with TAC, all graduates of the Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology program are also internationally accredited.


British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Lethbridge College's Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology diploma graduates are eligible for block transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Geomatics program at BCIT.

Lethbridge College

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology diploma program may earn a second diploma in Civil Engineering Technology or Engineering Design Technology with an additional 1½ years of study (course schedule permitting).

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology diploma program with a minimum GPA of 2.7, or a B- grade, on standard grading scales will be conditionally accepted into the BTech (Bachelor of Technology) degree program. Applicants for transfer of credit shall complete all of the requested application procedures of NAIT including, but not limited to, written statements outlining personal objectives, career goals, letters of reference, work experience and community involvement, and such other information as may be requested and used by NAIT to determine whether the applicant complies with the requirements as set out or intended.

Royal Roads University

Lethbridge College's Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology diploma graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for full block transfer into the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management at Royal Roads University. For more information, please visit

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology diploma program, who have completed the appropriate bridging courses, may be eligible for acceptance into the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Construction Management at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. For more information visit

University of Alberta

Lethbridge College's Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology diploma graduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to receive up to one year of transfer credit towards a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) at the University of Alberta. Admission is subject to the specific program, appropriate grades, and space availability. For the most current information on transferring to the Faculty of Engineering, please visit

University of Lethbridge

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology diploma program with a minimum GPA of 2.50 are eligible for admission into the University of Lethbridge's Post-Diploma Bachelor of Science (Geography, with a Concentration in GIS). Admitted students will be third-year degree level students in the university's Faculty of Arts and Science in all respects. For more information, please see an academic advisor and visit

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Delivery Formats

The Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology program is available through the following delivery methods.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Year 1
Term I
CAD-1160Graphic Communications3
CON-1162Engineering Management I3
EDD-1160Technical Drawing1.5
ENG-1159Writing for the Workplace3
MTH-1150Engineering Math I3
SUR-1150Land Survey I and Data Systems3
Term II
CPU-1160Geomatics Programming I3
GEO-1152Geomatics Engineering Science3
GEO-1181Geospatial Analysis I3
GEO-1185Geodetic Fundamentals3
MTH-1170Engineering Math II3
SUR-1180Land Survey II3
Year 2
Term I
CPU-2275Geomatics Programming II3
GEO-2252Geographic Information Systems I6
SUR-2250Survey Calculations and Analysis3
SUR-2262Specialized Positioning Applications3
SUR-2267Advanced Survey Applications I3
STS-2260Statistics and Applied Research I3
Term II
GEO-2280Geographic Information Systems II3
GEO-2290Geospatial Analysis II3
RSR-2265Applied Research II1.5
SUR-2272Cadastral Surveying3
SUR-2280Geomatics Engineering Surveys3
SUR-2285Advanced Survey Applications II3
Term III
GEO-2298Work Experience1.5
 Total Credits73.5
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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

Students in this program are required to purchase a mobile learning device from the college. The laptop costs are approximately $2200 plus a $50 access fee. Check your admissions letter for more details or contact your program and check the Mobile Learning page.

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