May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Geomatics Engineering Technology

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus)

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The Geomatics Engineering Technology program offers practical skills and a comprehensive theoretical foundation in geomatics, enabling you to master the collection, analysis, and application of spatial data.

Through hands-on learning with graphic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing, you’ll learn to map and interpret the environment, supporting fields like urban planning and environmental monitoring. 

In this program, you will learn: 

  • land surveying methods to precisely determine point locations and measure distances/angles on earth
  • remote sensing techniques for information gathering using satellite and aerial sensors
  • cartography, which is the practice of mapmaking and illustrating spatial links between features
  • how to use GIS for the management and presentation of geographic data
  • how to use global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and GPS technologies for global geo-spatial positioning
  • how to use photogrammetry for precise measurements of areas
  • geography by analyzing spatial patterns and human-environment interactions
  • how to create a digital map and use it for interactive analysis. 

Possible career paths available once you graduate include surveying, mapping technology, energy, civil engineering, GIS, government roles, and engineering technologist jobs. This two-year diploma consists of four 15-week semesters, with intakes every September. 

If you are skilled in math, comfortable with technology, collaborative, communicative, and an outdoor enthusiast, this SAIT program is for you. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Those in the geomatics engineering technology field are objective, innovative and directive.  

You need:  

  • math skills 
  • the ability to think logically and critically 
  • the ability to study spatial problems and measurements
  • problem-solving skills 
  • speaking and listening skills 
  • the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

You should enjoy working outdoors, analyzing information to find innovative solutions to problems, and taking a step-by-step approach to your work. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

During your final semester, you’ll complete a capstone project where you’ll perform research, analysis, drafting and editing to create a formal report. You’ll then present your report to instructors, other students and industry guests.

Accreditations, designations or certifications

This program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada at the technologist level.

Graduates are eligible for certification by the Alberta Society of Surveying and Mapping Technologies (ASSMT) and the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in Alberta (ASET).


After successfully completing this program, you’ll be awarded a SAIT Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma.

Program length

2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG

This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education. 

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Land survey technologists and technicians (22213)
  • Urban and land use planners (21202)
  • Land surveyors (21203)
  • Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology (22214)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents:

  • at least 50% in Math 30-1 or at least 70% in Math 30-2, and
  • at least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, and
  • at least 50% in Science 30 or Physics 20.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma requires 60 credits (20 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

Suggested schedule of study


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Construction program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School of Construction.

Phone: 403.284.8367

Program outcomes

  • Demonstrate competence in working with resources, equipment, and people, individually and as part of a team.
  • Collect, calculate, manipulate, analyze, validate, store and manage geomatics data while complying with appropriate acts, regulations and industry standards.
  • Present geomatics deliverables while complying with appropriate acts, regulations and industry standards.
  • Adapt and apply current and emerging technologies by remaining up-to-date through lifelong learning and professional development.
  • Communicate effectively and accurately with all stakeholders within the geomatics work environment.
  • Model professional responsibility and accountability by adhering to ethical practice in the geomatics work environment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the geomatics work environment.
  • Demonstrate safe work practices in the geomatics work environment.

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