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Delivery mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma program is a two year course of study leading to a Diploma in Geomatics that is nationally recognized. Students in this program acquire a solid background in applied math, physics, cartography, photogrammetry, plane surveying, geodetic surveying and computer applications.

Practical skills include field surveying, GPS and total station data collection and analysis together with computer assisted digital mapping using aerial photography and laser scan data. Prospective students should have a genuine interest in mathematics, computers and earth sciences and enjoy working in both field and office environments.

Survey a career

The YouTube video was produced at BCIT’s Burnaby Campus and offers an insight into the exciting career of a land surveyor. For further information on becoming a BC Land Surveyor visit

Entrance Requirements

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

The BCIT Geomatics Diploma program is a two year, full-time day school program. The program is taught by instructors with strong industry and research experience. Upon completion of the first and second academic years, you are awarded a Diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology.

Academic years 1 and 2

  • Academic Year 1 consists of levels 1 and 2. Academic Year 2 consists of levels 3 and 4.
  • Each academic year has two terms. Levels 1 and 3 are 15 weeks long, from September to December. Levels 2 and 4 are 20 weeks long, from January to May, with a one week Spring Break in mid-March.
  • Each term has seven courses. A standard course will have a one hour lecture and two hours of lab each week, with the exception of Field Surveying courses where students will have five to six lab hours each week and computer courses which may only have lab hours.
  • Lectures and labs are offered Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 17:30, except on Wednesdays when classes end at 14:30.
  • Direct entry into Academic Year 2 is possible if a potential student can demonstrate sufficient knowledge and background in Geomatics. Students can apply via Advanced Placement as Direct Entry students.

You will learn about the importance of Geomatics to society and its relationship with disciplines such as land surveying, engineering, architecture, construction, oceanography, and space exploration.

You will learn about legal land surveying, earth and ocean science, construction surveying, photogrammetry (measurement using aerial or terrestrial photographs), remote sensing (satellite images), geodetic surveying and geographic information systems.

Equipment that you will be using to measure, store, manage, retrieve and present the geographic-based information will include the following:

  • Total stations
  • Levels
  • Gyro theodolites
  • Satellite positioning systems
  • Soft-copy stereo plotters
  • Laser scanners
  • Data collectors
  • Basic tools such as compasses and maps

You will also learn about the shape of the earth and its gravity field and how this affects the collection, analysis and application of geospatial data. There is a strong emphasis on quality control and safety in the program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Surveying firms, consulting engineers, the oil and gas industry, government mapping, highway, planning and engineering departments, and utility companies provide some of the job opportunities for Geomatics Engineering graduates. Employment may be found throughout Canada and around the world.

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

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 would be your 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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