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Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op)
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School of Engineering Technology
Program Length: Three Years
Geomatics is a comprehensive discipline that uses arts, science, and technology to gather, store, process, model, analyze, and deliver spatially referenced or location information. It encompasses the fields of geodesy, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), land surveying, hydrography, mapping, remote sensing (often called earth observation), photogrammetry, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Mainstream technologies, such as Google Earth, smartphones, 3D movies, and self-driving cars, are all based on geomatics technologies.
The Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program prepares students for successful careers in their chosen branch of geomatics. Using state-of-the-art equipment and software, students acquire the skills and knowledge to excel in an ever-advancing industry.
Graduates of the program will be able to apply their skills and knowledge to any number of unique projects, including combating climate change, urban planning, constructing pipelines, operating and troubleshooting navigation systems, investigating lost property boundaries, seafloor structure installation and commissioning, and preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage, to name just a few.
The Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program boasts nearly a 100 percent employment rate, with graduates working all over the world and receiving competitive starting salaries ranging from $40,000 up to $100,000 annually, depending on the field and geographical location of employment. Recent graduates report immediate and sustained employment within the geomatics field.
With rapid advancements in technology from location-based mobile devices, data capture with drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), cloud computing, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D modelling for construction, preservation, and renovations, the need for geomatics professionals is increasing at an accelerated pace.
The diverse subject matter of geomatics allows graduates of the Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program to obtain jobs in a number of different areas, including:
Land Surveying and Cadastral Mapping
Ocean Mapping and Marine Construction
Marine Seismic Survey
Infrastructure and Resource Management
Utilities Management and Mapping
Oil and Gas Development
Mining Surveying and Mapping
Graduates of the program may also find themselves:
using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
for topographic mapping
providing technical support for spatial data collection and integration for infrastructure management
travelling the globe providing technical support
producing 3D models
using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing to provide advice on green mining projects
providing offshore navigation and positioning for the installation of marine structures and the completion of marine seismic surveys
conducting boundary retracement surveys for the production of legal land survey plans
Graduates with two years of progressive work experience may be eligible to receive the designation of Professional Technologist (P. Tech) upon completion of a Professional Practice and Ethics Exam.
Graduates who have obtained a certificate of completion from the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) may become members of provincial survey associations, such as the Association of Newfoundland Land Surveyors (ANLS), and begin their training to become professional land surveyors. They may also become student members of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) and members of Professional Surveyors Canada (PSC).
SKILL SETS ACQUIRED
Graduates of the Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program will have employable skills in:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
Robotic Total Station Applications
Terrestrial and Mobile 3D Laser Scanning
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
The Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program is accredited by:
the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) under the mandate of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada)
The academic credentials of graduates of accredited technology programs are recognized internationally by the signatories of the Sydney Accord.
The Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program also receives several specific exam exemptions from the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS), which establishes, assesses, and certifies the academic qualifications of individuals who apply to become professional land surveyors and/or geomatics professionals in Canada.
Graduates of the Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program:
are automatically eligible for membership in the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL), as well as any similar association in Canada
are eligible to further their education by completing a Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) at Memorial University, which has an articulation agreement with the College of the North Atlantic
can further their careers in geomatics by attending the University of New Brunswick, which awards graduates of the Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program a limited number of credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BScE) in Geomatics Engineering
Graduates of the Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program will be able to:
Assemble, manage, collect, process, and interpret geomatics project data.
Design and establish horizontal and vertical survey networks, including error analysis and adjustments.
Analyze, translate, and present processed geomatics data.
Work in teams to plan and monitor various parts of geomatics projects.
Evaluate and apply geomatics equipment and techniques to complete various geomatics projects.
Identify and analyze physical features using various remote sensing techniques.
Perform various engineering surveys for design, construction, and layout.
Interpret, process, and analyze geomatics data to produce digital plans, drawings, and reports.
Correctly apply principles of reference systems and reference frames, time systems, and earth properties when performing geodetic computations and surveys.
Use aerial photogrammetry to produce various photogrammetric products.
consisting of Communications (oral or written), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electrotechnology, Computers, and Engineering Graphics.
in all aspects of Geomatics.
employing extensive field training to provide experience with instrumentation and software, through Surveying Camps and practical lab sessions.
consisting of field experience, gained from compensated work terms, in the field of geomatics/surveying.
Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program provides students with opportunities for hands-on learning through the following:
two work terms
two field camps
In addition to the formal courses listed in the program of studies, students in the Geomatics/Surveying Engineering Technology (Co-op) program are required to obtain a certificate of completion, valid upon graduation, for the following:
Standard First Aid/Heart Start
Power Line Hazards
Additionally, students may have the option of obtaining the following certificate (when offered):
Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Visual Line-of-Sight (VLOS) Advanced Operations Certificate
Students should be aware that additional fees may apply for field camp activities as well as any external certifications required throughout the program.
Eligibility for admission to an Engineering Technology program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201 or 3202
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
iii. Science (4 credits) two of which must be selected from:
Earth Systems: 3209
The remaining two Science credits to be chosen from the highest Science mark in level 1, 2 or 3.
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. Math (60% MINIMUM)
ii. Two Science courses chosen from one of the following three combinations:
a. Introductory Biology:
b. Introductory Chemistry:
c. Introductory Physics:
It is strongly recommended that CAS students who intend to enroll in Engineering Technology programs complete both of the Chemistry courses and both of the Physics courses.
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. English (60% minimum) 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
ii. Mathematics (60% minimum) 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
iii. Science from one of the following sections:
a. Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
b. Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
c. Physics 1104, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to
Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
Semester 1 and 2 - Refer to Engineering Technology (First Year)
Plane Surveying I
The Course and Lab hours per week are based on a 15 week semester. In intersession, the Course and Lab hours will be adjusted to reflect the shorter semester length. Refer to course outline.
Surveying Field Camp
Oral/Written Communication Skills
Plane Surveying II
Graphics for Geomatics Engineering Technology
Applied Geomatics Mathematics
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) I
Geodesy & Geodetic Positioning I
Cadastral Surveying I
Visual Basic Applications for ACAD
Work Term I
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) II
GNSS and Spatial Referencing
Capstone Project I (Seminar)
Advanced Geomatics Mathematics
Geology for Geomatics/Surveying ET
Work Term II
Multidisciplinary Field Camp
Project Management and Financial Analysis
Capstone Project II
Geodesy & Geodetic Positioning II
Cadastral Surveying II
Locations & Start Dates
Ridge Road Campus - September 2020