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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Overview

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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.

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:

  • survey engineering companies
  • civil engineering companies
  • environmental consulting companies
  • natural resource companies
  • all levels of government
  • law enforcement agencies
  • agricultural companies
  • land planning agencies
Starts In: September
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma
Transfers:

  • Lethbridge College
  • University of Lethbridge
  • Athabasca University
  • NAIT
  • University of Calgary

Delivery Format
Classroom
Learning Environment

Note: Students must meet certain health and safety requirements for graduation. These include basic first aid, WHMIS, and TDG. The requirements will vary by program, and it is recommended that they be completed prior to the second year of study.

Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
CAD-1160
3.00
COM-1164
3.00
CON-1162
3.00
EDD-1160
1.50
MTH-1150
3.00
SUR-1150
3.00
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
CPU-1160
3.00
GEO-1152
3.00
GEO-1181
3.00
GEO-1185
3.00
MTH-1170
3.00
SUR-1180
3.00
Year 2 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
CPU-2275
3.00
GEO-2252
6.00
SUR-2250
3.00
SUR-2262
3.00
SUR-2267
3.00
STS-2260
3.00
Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
GEO-2280
3.00
GEO-2290
3.00
RSR-2265
1.50
SUR-2272
3.00
SUR-2280
3.00
SUR-2285
3.00
Year 2 Term III (OPTIONAL)
Course Code Course Name Credits
GEO-2298
1.50

Admissions

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 College and University Preparation program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $4,256.00 $1,047.00 $3,646.00
Year 2 $5,054.00 $1,114.00 $889.00

Our Budget Wizard is a free self-service tool that can help you make sense of your finances and the cost of your education. Give it a try!

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  • Students in this program are required to purchase a mobile learning device from the college. Check your admissions letter for more details or contact your program. Engineering related program laptop costs are $2250.50 plus a $100 access fee. In the second year of these programs, only the access fee is charged. These costs are not covered by government student loans, and are subject to change.
  • 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.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • 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.

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: All three of our engineering technology programs have been accredited. 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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