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Geomatics Engineering

Geomatics engineering is a varied and exciting technology discipline that leads to careers having a great indoor/outdoor balance. It requires a combination of design, computer, and measurement skills with field work, lab experiments, and computer modelling to solve a variety of problems that have a common attribute: spatial location.

Geomatics is a profession that is in growing demand both in Canada and internationally. Exciting careers exist in both the private and public sectors. In the private sector, geomatics engineers work in small to medium enterprises or large multinational corporations with global opportunities such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Trimble, Shell, Encana, ESRI, NASA, Altalink and others. In the public sector, geomatics engineers are in demand in government agencies (e.g., Natural Resources Canada), colleges and universities.

The goal of the Department of Geomatics Engineering is to provide students with a high quality education that is guided by innovative research and practical applications. The strengths of the department lie in the international recognition of its degree program excellence, its strong linkages with industry and government agencies, and its undergraduate internship program.

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Analysis of spatial problems and measurements
  • Collaborative teamwork and project management
  • Computer programming with engineering applications
  • Design and oral, written and graphical communication
  • Logical and critical thinking and problem solving

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Geodetic Engineer
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Engineer
  • Geomatics Analyst
  • Geomatics Engineer
  • Geospatial Engineer
  • Geospatial Software Developer
  • Hydrographer
  • Mapping Specialist
  • Navigation Systems Engineer
  • Offshore Survey Engineer
  • Photogrammetric Engineer
  • Pipeline Integrity Manager
  • Professional Land Surveyor
  • Remote Sensing Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Software Engineer
  • Spatial Database Architect

Potential Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Application Development/Software Programming
  • Construction
  • Consulting Firms
  • Defense Contractors and Organizations
  • Environmental Management
  • Federal, Provincial and Municipal Government Departments
  • Geodesy and GPS
  • Geomatics, Survey or Mapping Firms
  • Information Management
  • Land Development
  • Mining
  • Ocean Mapping and Hydrography
  • Oil & Gas (Upstream, Midstream, Downstream)
  • Pipeline Development and Planning
  • Positioning and Navigation Companies
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Public Administration
  • Remote Sensing Companies
  • Research
  • Resource Extraction
  • Software Development
  • UAV Mapping
  • Urban Planning
  • Utility Companies
  • Vehicle & Pedestrian Navigation


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Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Engineering Student Centre
Engineering Block C 205
T: 403.220.5732

Engineering Career Centre
Engineering Block C 205
T: 403.220.3089


Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020