Have the kind of mind that can visualize distance and size? Interested in working outside? A career in digital mapping and surveying may be right for you. Get there with the Geomatics Engineering Technology program.

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Geomatics brings together surveying and mapping with widely popular technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS) and satellite image analysis. In our Geomatics Engineering Technology, you’ll get the 411 on these technologies and the latest data collection techniques as we prepare you for a career in this dynamic field.

In our TAC nationally-accredited Geomatics Engineering Technology program, We’ll ensure you walk out of here with all of the knowledge and all of the skills you’ll need to enter the workforce.

Your first year will give you a comprehensive introduction to engineering fundamentals. Through hands-on exercises, you’ll become familiar with surveying, mapping and data collection techniques. In your second year, you’ll hone your skills in collecting high-precision location data, as well as mapping and analyzing it using industry-standard software applications. You’ll even have the option to gain first-hand experience of the industry in an elective practicum.

And did we mention you’ll be working with unmanned aerial vehicle technology (drones)?

Our geomatics engineering grads are in high demand – become one of them. Apply today!

Career opportunities

The valuable combination of technical knowledge, interpretive skills and hands-on experience you’ll learn will make you highly employable in:

  • Aerial Triangulation Technician
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst
  • Geographic Information Systems Technologist
  • Land Planning & Mapping
  • Mapping Technologist
  • Natural Resource Technologist
  • Precision Agriculture Analyst
  • Survey Assistant
  • Survey Party Chief
  • Survey Plan Checker
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologist
Starts In: September
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Graduates of the Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma are eligible for block transfer into year three of the Bachelor of Science in Geomatics program at BCIT.

Lethbridge College

A graduate of the Geomatics Engineering Technology program may gain a second diploma in Civil Engineering Technology or Engineering Design Technology with an additional 1 1⁄2 years of study (course schedule permitting).

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

Graduates of the Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma program with a minimum grade point average of B- or 2.7 on standard grading scales will be conditionally accepted into the BTech (Bachelor of Technology) degree program. Applicants for transfer of credit under this Agreement 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

Graduates of the Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for a block transfer with the appropriate prerequisite qualification into the third year of the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management at RRU.

University of Alberta

Graduates of the Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma graduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible for up to one year of transfer credit dependent on appropriate grades and program. For the most current information on transferring to the Faculty of Engineering, please go to: http://www.engineering.ualberta.ca/ProspectiveStudents/Admission/AdmissionRequirements/Technicalprograms.aspx.

University of Lethbridge

(Agreement Under Review)
With a 2+2 agreement with the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College graduate students in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program with a cumulative diploma GPA of 2.50 or higher may obtain a (Post-Diploma) Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Geography.

Delivery Format

A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.


Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

New Students Returning Students
You can expect to experience a blended program. Lectures will occur as scheduled video conferences. Students will have real-time instruction and discussion with faculty and classmates. Lectures will be saved and can be reviewed at later times. Labs/field work will be presented through video conference and supplemented with home self-study options where applicable. On-campus lab/field work will be offered as blocks. As a continuing student in Geomatics Engineering Technology, your program will be blended. Lectures will occur as scheduled video conferences. Students will have real-time instruction and discussion with faculty and classmates. Lectures will be saved and can be reviewed at later times. Labs/field work will be presented through video conference and supplemented with home self-study options where applicable. On-campus lab/field work will be offered as blocks.


Learning Environment

No Practicum in Term 1

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Year 1 Term II
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Year 2 Term I
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Year 2 Term III (OPTIONAL)
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New students are accepted into the Geomatics program in the Fall (September) term only.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions 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 per cent in Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-1) or 60 per cent 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 and copying files, as well as familiarity working in a Windows-based environment is required.

Practicum experience requirements

There is an elective practicum component to this program. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

Mobile learning program

This is a mobile learning program that requires students to purchase a mobile device from Lethbridge College complete with program specific software. Find out more.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment. Please direct your inquiries to the program chair.

Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.


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

National Accreditation

The Geomatics 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 to enter the workforce. - Technology Accreditation Canada

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $4,243.00 $1,054.00 $3,250.00
Year 2 $5,113.00 $1,121.00 $800.00

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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 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.
  • 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.
  • Tuition for international students is $14,593 for Year 1 and $16,874 for Year 2. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

Set yourself up for success with a recognized credential

Our engineering technologies programs have a long tradition of training outstanding engineering technologists. Our grads are sought after by employers around the country and often have multiple job offers before they even graduate. So, how did we build programs that actually equip our students for their future careers? Well, it’s simple.

  • Small class sizes: You won’t get lost in the crowd here. Our focus on small class sizes means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with your instructors.
  • Experienced instructors: Our instructors have been there, done that and want to help you follow in their footsteps. They have great backgrounds and remain connected to the industry.
  • Facilities: It’s not just theory. We have the space, the equipment and the technology for you to put theory into practice. And what you use in the classroom is what you’ll use on the job.
  • Accreditation: Our Geomatics Engineering Technology program has been accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). This national accreditation ensures we continually deliver a curriculum that meets the profession’s approved national standards and criteria. And it means that your credentials as a graduate of our program are recognized across Canada and around the world.

Certificates, diplomas and even degree from non-accredited programs simply do not carry the same recognition as those from accredited programs. Set yourself up for success – earn your recognized credential at a place where you’re more than a face in the crowd.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Reshaping the college landscape
Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education

Train for your career in the largest construction project in college history.


Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education

Our new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility positions Lethbridge College as the institution for trades training in southern Alberta by bringing together students, faculty and industry to create a vibrant, responsive learning environment.

The facility is the single most important capital investment for trades and technologies in southern Alberta in over 50 years. It’s also the largest construction project in the college’s history. It has increased our capacity to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople, engineers and interior designers. And it’s revolutionized our curriculum, bringing together students, faculty and industry partners in a modern, environmentally-sensitive space that features:

  • modern labs, apprentice shops, tool rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and offices
  • more than 200 solar tubes to provide natural light to the workshops and classrooms and to reduce emergency costs (cool fact: the electric lights in the building are programmed to dim or increase based on how much light is coming in naturally)
  • 60 welding booths set up for students to learn five different welding processes
  • rooms housing wind turbine components to train on
  • a design studio and extensive materials library
  • a multi-purpose lab that provides students with learning opportunities for fluid mechanics and surveying applications
  • a dedicated 3D printing room
  • collaborative spaces to incubate the great ideas of tomorrow

This state-of-the-art facility wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of our industry partners, donors, alumni and friends. And they delivered, investing in the workforce of tomorrow, investing in you.

Be equipped for your career

“I landed a really cool job right out of school and I’m happy where I’m at.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Jeric Goodsman

“I have been accepted into the University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Science program via the 2+2 transfer. I am majoring in geography with a concentration on geographic information science.”

– From Spring 2011 Wider Horizons

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