Geomatic Technologies

Job Description

Mapping and related technicians and technologists gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology, environment and land use planning. This unit group includes technologists and technicians, who design and prepare maps, interpret aerial photographs, operate interpretative and airborne remote sensing equipment, and develop and operate geographical information systems. They are employed by all levels of government, the armed forces, utilities, mapping, computer software, forestry, architectural, engineering and consulting firms and other related establishments.

Things that Cartographic Technicians & Technologists do at work are:

  • Plan map content, format and design and compile required data from aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports and other maps.
  • Generate maps and related graphs and charts using digital mapping techniques, computer interactive graphics, computer assisted design and drafting (CAD) software, traditional drafting methods and computer or traditional scribing tools.
  • Inspect final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.

Photogrammetric Technicians & Technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine and interpret aerial photographs to prepare topographic maps, aerial-photograph mosaics and related charts.
  • Operate digitized stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment to provide three-dimensional optical models of terrain, to trace maps, and to prepare charts and tables.

Things that Photogrammetric Technicians & Technologists do are:

  • Operate airborne remote sensing equipment such as survey film or digital cameras, laser or radar sensors and scanners which produce images of large areas of the earth, coastline, or of the atmosphere.
  • Monitor recording quality and adjust equipment as required and inspect quality of recorded images.

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Get trained

Completion of secondary school is required. Technologists in this unit group require completion of a two to three-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information system or geomatics. Technicians in this unit group require completion of a one to two year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information system or geomatics.

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