Do you have the kind of mind that can visualize distance and size? Are you interested in working outside? Then a career in digital mapping and surveying may be right for you. Get there with the Geomatics Engineering Technology program, which is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada.

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.

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Career Opportunities

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

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50

of industry employers hired new geomatics technologists during the last two years

Accredited

National accreditation from Technology Accreditation Canada

$60,191

the average salary of a geomatics technologist working in Alberta

At-a-Glance

Starts-in

September

Credential / Accreditation

Diploma

Duration

2 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Admissions

New students are accepted into the Geomatics 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.

Transfers
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Lethbridge College's Geomatics 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 Geomatics 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 Geomatics 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

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for a block transfer with the appropriate prerequisite qualifications into the third year of the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management at Royal Roads University.

University of Alberta

Lethbridge College's Geomatics 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 Geomatics 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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Delivery Formats

The Geomatics 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 in accordance with AHS guidelines. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on-campus in Lethbridge.

Courses

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Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
CAD-1160 Graphic Communications 3
COM-1164 Technical Communications 3
CON-1162 Engineering Management I 3
EDD-1160 Technical Drawing 1.5
MTH-1150 Engineering Math I 3
SUR-1150 Land Survey I 3
  Credits 16.5
Term II
CPU-1160 Geomatics Programming I 3
GEO-1152 Geomatics Engineering Science 3
GEO-1181 Geospatial Analysis I 3
GEO-1185 Geodetic Fundamentals 3
MTH-1170 Engineering Math II 3
SUR-1180 Land Survey II 3
  Credits 18
Year 2
Term I
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
  Credits 21
Term II
GEO-2280 Geographic Information Systems II 3
GEO-2290 Geospatial Analysis II 3
RSR-2265 Applied Research II 1.5
SUR-2272 Cadastral Surveying 3
SUR-2280 Geomatics Engineering Surveys 3
SUR-2285 Advanced Survey Applications II 3
  Credits 16.5
Term III
(Optional)  
GEO-2298 Work Experience 1.5
  Credits 1.5
  Total Credits 73.5
Practicum Experience Requirements

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

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Please direct your inquiries to the Chair.

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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$4,809.00
$1,227.00
$3,400.00
Year 2
$5,460.00
$1,309.00
$800.00
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International Students
Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$15,159.00
$1,227.00
$3,400.00
Year 2
$17,256.00
$1,309.00
$800.00
Notes

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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