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Survey Engineering Technician (SURV)

Available as a two-year program

Loyalist College offers the only specialized program for survey technicians in Ontario. Using instruments and computer software, survey engineering technicians conduct field measurements and analyze data to determine the precise locations of natural features, structures and property boundaries. Survey technicians are in demand in many industries, including construction, land development, government agencies, and mining and natural resource exploration.
  • Program Code

    SURV

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

Surveying is the foundation of most engineering projects. You might be involved in:

• Pre-engineering surveys, laying out proposed structures and locating existing improvements.
• Assisting an Ontario land surveyor in locating property boundaries.
• Gathering data for use in geographic information systems.
• Average starting salaries range from $35,000 to $39,999.*

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Survey Technician, Gifford Harris Surveying Ltd.
  • Junior Party Chief, Mission Geospatial Ltd.
  • Instrument/CAD Person, Marshall Macklin Monaghan Ltd.
  • Junior Inspector, GD Jewell Engineering Inc.
  • Paving Superintendent, Villeneuve Construction Co. Ltd.

Is it for you?

This can be a rewarding career for people who:

  • Are curious and investigative.
  • Like mastering the latest technology.
  • Are physical and enjoy spending time outdoors.
  • May enjoy running a crew or managing an office space.

Experiential learning

Learning combines classroom instruction with computer lab and practical field exercises:

  • Gain extensive hands-on experience using current satellite positioning equipment (GPS), total stations and data collectors during practical survey projects in small groups.
  • Using current versions of industry software including MicroSurvey, AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D, create a registered plan of a subdivision and engineering drawings for land development applications and highway design according to provincial and municipal standards.
  • Graduates are eligible for certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn in small classes with one-on-one attention.
  • Faculty include experienced Ontario Land Surveyors and Registered Professional Engineers who have worked in government, private industry and built their own business.
  • Professors have specialized experience with Global Information Systems and integrating Global Positioning Systems into automated machine control for heavy equipment.
  • A wide network of industry contacts helps connect students with placements and jobs across the country.

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