Resource Mapping Technician (Co-op)


Lawrie Keillor-Faulkner
Program Contact
TEL: (705) 324-9144 ext. 3237
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GIS and GPS are revolutionizing the way we see the world. Start your career as a Resource Mapping Technician, and chart a course for success in this expanding field.


Fall 2016
Program Status: Closed
Program Code: GMT
Location: Lindsay
Contact: Lawrie Keillor-Faulkner Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,842.02 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $9,102.56 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

The Resource Mapping Technician program is designed to address the market's growing need for graduates trained in geomatics principles and technologies. In this program, you will acquire skills in the three focal areas of geomatics:

  • data collection (GPS, surveying, remote sensing)
  • data analysis (GIS)
  • presentation and distribution (cartography, web interfaces)

Co-op Experience

The paid co-op experience in semester three provides the opportunity to gain workplace experience, explore the variety of careers available in this field, network for future job opportunities, and earn while you learn. 

Program Format/Duration

This is a compressed program, designed to give you the skills you need and get you into the workforce quickly.

Semester 1: September to December (on campus)

Semester 2: January to April (on campus)

Semester 3: May to August: Co-op

Semester 4: September to December (on campus)

Program Advantages

  • You will learn to collect, organize and manage geographic data using GPS, remote sensing, and surveying tools.
  • Your new GIS skills will allow you to analyze data, and use cartography and web interface techniques to present the geographic information you've collected.
  • Working with spatial data, you will develop expertise in all areas of geomatics, and in the use of a broad range of computer software.
  • You'll possess the sophisticated skills of the cartographic designer and the ability to apply GIS principles.

With a one-to-one student to computer ratio, you'll have ample opportunity to practice your skills in our geomatics labs. Your training will include proficiency in a variety of operating systems used in the industry today. You will also acquire expertise using GIS software from ESRI, Autodesk, PCI Geomatics, and CARIS - providing you with flexibility in the workforce.

Note: Students in this program pay tuition and fees for 3 semesters, plus a co-op fee (approximately $536.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.


Word from the Workplace

"The new Resource Mapping Technician Diploma provides an excellent program of study for students, allowing them to immerse themselves in the principles and technologies of geographic information science. In addition to preparing students for employment in the spatial information industry, the diploma will also provide a pathway to advanced study in Fleming’s post-graduate GIS certificates. Fleming graduates are highly valued by us at Esri Canada, and within the Canadian spatial information marketplace in general. Moreover, the school has a history of excellent placement success for its graduates. I would highly recommend this program to students interested in geography, environmental studies, and computing, and who want to pursue a career in the rapidly growing field of digital mapping. The fact that this diploma has a co-op component is a major plus.”

-G. Brent Hall, PhD, MNZIS

Why Choose Fleming

Fleming's leadership in post-secondary geomatics education has been recognized by industry, government and business through their support in establishing the Geomatics Institute at Fleming. Our strong partnerships offer students access to the latest software packages and data resources as well as unprecedented learning and employment opportunities. Many of the first GIS applications were developed in the field of natural resource management for which Fleming is renowned.

The Resource Mapping Technician program benefits from the knowledge acquired in more than 20 years of teaching GIS, cartography and related areas of geomatics. We offer students expert faculty, state-of-the-art learning facilities, and have a long history of turning out award-winning graduates who excel in their fields.

Is this You?

To be successful in this program, you should possess the following:

  • affinity for computer applications
  • affinity for maps and geography
  • visual creativity
  • interest in spatial representation and data analysis
  • willingness to work hard (45 - 65 hours/week)
  • sound oral and written communication skills
  • analytical and creative thinking

Career Opportunities

Canadian Business recently published an article on “Canada’s Best Jobs” ranking Mapping Technologist as number 9 on the top 100 jobs list.  The article states:

“The explosion of big data and the growing need for location-aware hardware and software has led to a boom in the field of mapping,” and concludes that this field is “…poised for growth, with the highest projected demand among the top 20 jobs—predictions suggest there will be 1.59 jobs for every qualified worker by 2022.” The median salary is listed as $68,400, and salaries are anticipated to increase with growing demand for skilled employees.

Read the article here:

Graduates can expect a very high placement rate and will be well-equipped to pursue a variety of exciting positions in both the private and public sectors. Your technological skills can be applied to almost any discipline, from the resources sector, to urban planning, engineering, or crime scene investigation.  Your work environment could also be varied. You might work primarily in an office, you could often be working outdoors, or a combination. Job titles include:

  • GIS Technician/Technologist
  • Mapping Technician/Technologist
  • Survey Technician (Land & Topographic Surveys)
  • Geomatics Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Technical Assistant
  • Cartographic Technician
  • Applied Geomatics Technician
  • Map Librarian
  • CAD Operator

You may find yourself working for:

  • city/municipal engineering and planning departments
  • conservation authorities
  • private sector planning or consulting
  • mapping and surveying firms
  • utility and natural resources firms
  • provincial and federal government mapping agencies or NGOs

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
  • 2 College (C) Math courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

Related Programs

As a successful graduate of the Resource Mapping Technician diploma program, you may wish to pursue a Fleming College post-graduate certificate in  GIS-Applications Specialist or GIS - Cartographic Specialist.

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