Program overview
4 semesters
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Survey Technician

Loyalist College offers the only specialized program for survey technicians in Ontario which prepares students for high-demand careers in cadastral land surveying and geomatics engineering. 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.

Admission requirements

Required academic preparation

  • OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level,AND
  • Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent OR
  • Mature applicant

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

Recommended academic preparation

  • Grade 11 & 12 Math (MCF 3M & MCT 4C)

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.

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Program content

First Year - Semester One

  • Field Safety
  • Field Techniques

First Year - Semester One

  • Building Methods & Materials
  • CAD 1
  • Engineering Applications
  • Geomatics 1
  • Math 1

First Year - Semester Two

  • Community Planning
  • Field Astronomy
  • Real Property Law
  • Survey Law

First Year - Semester Two

  • CAD 2
  • Heavy Construction, Methods and Materials
  • Highway Technology 1
  • Mathematics 2
  • Technical Communications 1

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Field Safety
  • Field Techniques

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Construction Supervision 1
  • Geomatics 2
  • Highway Technology 2
  • Placement (Survey)
  • Survey Drafting

Second Year - Semester Four

  • Field Astronomy
  • Survey Law

Second Year - Semester Four

  • Capstone Project
  • Municipal Engineering 1
  • Remote Sensing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Program delivery

Experiential learning

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

  • Gain extensive hands-on field surveying experience using current satellite positioning equipment (GNSS), total stations, and data collectors during practical survey projects on our wooded 200-acre Belleville campus.
  • 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.
  • Make valuable job connections during an industry work placement.
  • Graduates are eligible for certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).


  • Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
  • Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,462
  • Total: $4,184.08


Credential:Two-year Ontario College Diploma

Career paths

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.

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

Loyalist College will be Ontario’s Destination College, known locally, nationally, and internationally as a deliberate choice of students, faculty, and staff, where their experiences are enabled by an engaged and supportive culture....

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Why study at Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

In a world obsessed with big, we are small.

Small gives us the power to do big things. And things that make a big difference to our students, community, and partners. In an impersonal world of big lecture halls and stadium seating, we know our students by name and circumstance.

Small frees us to provide personal one-on-one attention, in small classes and learning environments. Small means our students feel like they matter. That they belong. That they are no longer invisible in a world which had passed them by. Small means that we can move mountains to help every student succeed, confident in who they are and what they are capable of becoming.

We are Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology.

We are small.

Contact info

Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Box 4200
K8N 5B9 Belleville Ontario

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