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.Apply Now Grab and Go Information
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.royalroads.ca
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 https://saskpolytech.ca/programs-and-courses/programs/Bachelor-of-Construction-Management.aspx
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 http://www.engineering.ualberta.ca/ProspectiveStudents/Admission/AdmissionRequirements/Technicalprograms.aspx
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 www.uleth.ca
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The Surveying and Geospatial Engineering Technology program is available through the following delivery methods.
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.
|CON-1162||Engineering Management I||3|
|ENG-1159||Writing for the Workplace||3|
|MTH-1150||Engineering Math I||3|
|SUR-1150||Land Survey I and Data Systems||3|
|CPU-1160||Geomatics Programming I||3|
|GEO-1152||Geomatics Engineering Science||3|
|GEO-1181||Geospatial Analysis I||3|
|MTH-1170||Engineering Math II||3|
|SUR-1180||Land Survey II||3|
|CPU-2275||Geomatics Programming II||3|
|GEO-2252||Geographic Information Systems I||6|
|SUR-2250||Survey Calculations and Analysis||3|
|SUR-2262||Specialized Positioning Applications||3|
|SUR-2267||Advanced Survey Applications I||3|
|STS-2260||Statistics and Applied Research I||3|
|GEO-2280||Geographic Information Systems II||3|
|GEO-2290||Geospatial Analysis II||3|
|RSR-2265||Applied Research II||1.5|
|SUR-2280||Geomatics Engineering Surveys||3|
|SUR-2285||Advanced Survey Applications II||3|
Tuition and Fees
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.
“I liked all the hands-on work at Lethbridge College. We got to use technology that’s in the field. All the software we used [at the college] we use on the job right now. I would definitely recommend Lethbridge College to anyone looking to get into geomatics technology.”
“As one of only three women in the program (of 35), I definitely felt the desire to work harder just to prove I could do it. There’s no student who can say they can’t find work. The accreditation also helps put you at ease by opening so many more doors.”
“The Geomatics program was my continuation of exploring an industry I was introduced to a few years earlier. I got a summer job in 2004 as a surveyor’s assistant, because I wanted a job where I’d have some physical exercise, make some good money and get a good tan. Eventually, I decided I wanted to learn to do it right. After graduation, I returned to Altus Geomatics out of Grande Prairie. I quickly began running my own crew, madly putting the experience I had gained as an assistant together with my diploma from Lethbridge College.”
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