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22213 – Land survey technologists and technicians

Land survey technologists and technicians conduct or participate in surveys to determine the exact locations and relative positions of natural features and other structures on the earth's surface, underground and underwater. They are employed by all levels of government, architectural and engineering firms, and by private sector surveying establishments.


Example titles

  • Engineering survey technologist
  • Geodetic survey technologist
  • Geomatics technologist - land surveying
  • Land survey technician
  • Legal survey technician
  • Topographic survey technician
  • Transit operator - surveying

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    Land survey technologists
    • Assist survey engineers or professional surveyors to develop methods and procedures for conducting field surveys
    • Conduct field surveys and operate survey instruments and computer equipment to measure distance, angles, elevations and contours
    • Record measurements and other information obtained during field survey activities
    • Determine precise geographic locations using global positioning system (GPS) equipment or unmanned aerial vehicule (UAV)/drone
    • Analyze latitude, longitude and angles and compute trigonometric and other calculations to plot features, contours and areas to a specific scale
    • Prepare detailed drawings, charts and plans and survey notes and reports
    • Supervise and coordinate field survey activities.
    Land survey technicians
    • Participate in field surveys and operate survey instruments and devices
    • Keep records, measurements and other survey information in systematic order
    • Assist in the calculation, analysis and computation of measurements obtained during field surveys
    • Assist in the preparation of detailed drawings, charts and plans.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technologists.
  • Completion of a one- to two-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technicians.
  • Certification by provincial associations of technicians and technologists may be required by some employers.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."

Additional information

  • Geomatics is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the collection, analysis and presentation of geographically referenced data.
  • Land survey technologists and technicians may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey or engineering survey.
  • Mobility is possible between the various occupations in this unit group.
  • Progression to land surveyor position is possible with completion of professional surveyor examinations and certification.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations
Major group
22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences
Sub-major group
222 – Technical occupations related to applied sciences (except engineering)
Minor group
2221 – Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics and meteorology
NOC 2021 Version 1.0
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