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Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

This program provides students with excellent opportunities for career enhancement and professional growth. This degree will appeal primarily to graduate Geomatics Engineering Technologists who wish to pursue professional accreditation as Land Surveyors or develop their careers in other areas of Geomatics such as mapping or hydrography.

Survey a career

The Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors have developed a number of videos which give an insight into the exciting career of a land surveyor – for further information on becoming a BC Land Surveyor visit

Check out the ABCLS YouTube Channel


“As an industry leader, McElhanney has developed a close relationship with BCIT to better prepare their Geomatics students to enter the workforce upon graduation. We have found summer students to be keen, hard workers and very engaged in the survey process. Many of these students have then returned to McElhanney as full-time employees. I couldn’t be happier with the relationship we have with BCIT and the process we have in place to help build the careers of these young and talented individuals.”

Jack Clarke, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

  • On completion of the BCIT Diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology (Academic Years 1 and 2) or the equivalent, students can continue into Years 3 and 4.
  • Academic Year 3 consists of levels 5 and 6. Academic Year 4 consists of levels 7 and 8.
  • Each year has two terms. Each term is fifteen weeks long. Levels 5 and 7 are from September to December for fifteen consecutive weeks. Levels 6 and 8 are from January to April with fifteen weeks of classes and a one week Spring Break in March.
  • Lectures and labs are offered Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 17:30, except on Wednesdays when classes end at 14:30.
  • Six courses are offered each term and are a mixture of Geomatics technical courses, Business Management courses and Liberal Studies courses. A research project is a key component of the degree, planned in level 6 and completed in levels 7 and 8.

Work experience

  • In addition to the academic years, students are required to provide proof of six months approved discipline-related work experience prior to graduation.
  • Work experience can be accumulated in the summer months between academic years or by working for one consecutive year, giving students several options to fulfill the minimum requirements.

Graduating & Jobs

Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Grant Shelest, MBA, BTech, AScT
Program Head

Donna Conroy, BTech
Chief Instructor

James Cowan, DiplT
Marketing & Media

Darryl Dube, DiplT, BA

Sean Galway, BSc, MSc

Christopher Griffith, BSc

Scott Netherton, BCLS, CLS

John Ogundare, PhD

Mohammad Rajabi, PhD, EIT

Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS

Eric Saczuk, PhD

Rob Scott, BSc, ALS, PEng

Chris Thornton, BSc, MRICS

Alan Weston, MBA, MSc, PGeo
Coordinator – Part Time Studies


Dee Morita, BA
Program Assistant

Ciprian Pirvu, PEng
Survey Stores Manager

Advisory committee

  • Harinder Badial (Chair) – City of Surrey
  • Warren Barnard – Watson & Barnard
  • Joe Coelho – Matson, Peck & Topliss
  • Rob Glass – City of Vancouver
  • Mark LeBlanc – Canadian Hydrographic Service
  • Jeff Liedtke – Global Raymac Surveys
  • Trevor Key – BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • David Mostyn – Terra Remote Sensing
  • Peter Mueller – Association of BC Land Surveyors
  • Kevin Percy – Pro-Tech Surveys Ltd
  • Cristin Schlossberger – Land Title & Survey Authority of BC

Related Links

Education (Canada)

Professional Associations (Canada)

Associations and Organizations

Government Websites and Services


Other Useful Sites

Part-time Studies

Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Our part-time studies courses generally run in the evenings, Saturdays, as week-long seminars or online and are intended for those who need professional development to upgrade their knowledge or require job related academic qualifications, but are not working towards a diploma or degree in Geomatics. These courses may also provide the prospect students further credits to obtain CBEPS (The Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors) exemption or certification as Applied Science Technicians with ASTTBC. The Geomatics department also offers seminars on select topics.

Review our current list of continuing education courses and seminars at BCIT or contact:

  • Dee Morita, Program Assistant at 604-451-7001
  • Alan Weston, Part-time Studies Coordinator at 604-454-2240.

Industry Training

BCIT Geomatics Engineering Part-time Studies is available to consult with your company to develop specific courses to meet your needs in a variety of Geomatics and Land Information related topics. We also offer employee assessment in the Geomatics field. Alan Weston is the contact person on these issues.


The Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) establishes, assesses and certifies the academic qualifications of individuals who apply to become land surveyors and/or geomatics professionals in Canada.

Exemptions to writing some or all CBEPS examinations are granted to candidates who have graduated from an accredited University degree program or from a Technical Institute diploma program that has been granted equivalencies. A list of universities and technical institutes with relevant exemptions is available on the CBEPS website.

The BCIT Geomatics and GIS departments offer the following online part-time studies courses which have been granted exemptions by CBEPS:

GEOM 7362 – Geodetic Positioning 1
GEOM 8162 – Geodetic Positioning 2
GEOM 8310 – Hydrographic Surveying
GEOM 8353 – Special Topics in Adjustments
GEOM 8363 – Advanced Topics in Precision Survey
GIST 8118 – GIS Remote Sensing

Current list of continuing education courses indicates the availability of the courses. For further information regarding these courses contact Dee Morita Geomatics/GIS Program Assistant at 604-451-7001.

In addition to these are three Business Practices and Profession courses required for the C11 exemption offered through the BCIT School of Business:

BLAW 3100 – Business Law
BUSA 7250 – Management Skills & Applications
ECON 1150 – Economic Issues

Contact Us

Please contact Program Advising if you have questions about:

  • Application process
  • Entrance requirements
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Program costs
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes  |  604-434-1610

Dee Morita
Program Assistant
Tel: 604-451-7001

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