What Do Geomatics Engineers Do?

Invent apps to help people navigate ships across oceans (or find the nearest coffee shop) or make driverless cars, so none of us will have to pass a driving test.

What You’ll Learn

Geomatics Engineering combines engineering with rapidly emerging technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), geodetic positioning and remote sensing that have revolutionized global navigation, resource and environmental management and urban planning.

Geomatics technology and techniques are used in a wide variety of fields such as:

  • The only Geomatics Engineering program in Ontario.
  • Only one of four Geomatics Engineering programs in Canada.
  • Geospatial 3D mapping and modelling
  • Location-based services
  • Remote sensing and earth observations
  • agriculture
  • coastal zone management
  • defence
  • dispatching and emergency measures
  • economic and financial projections
  • environmental management
  • forestry
  • geomarketing
  • hydrography
  • insurance
  • medical epidemiology
  • mining
  • navigation
  • oceanography
  • planning of education and health facilities
  • pollution management
  • public utilities
  • transport
  • urban planning

Courses You’ll Take

  • Geophysics and Space Science
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Digital Terrain Modelling
  • Time Series and Spectral Analysis
  • Geodetic Surveys

Field Survey courses are taken before the beginning of both the third and fourth years of study. Field exercises include instrument familiarization, highway design and construction survey, boundary survey problems, astronomic azimuth, precise engineering survey, geodetic control survey and satellite survey. Emphasis is placed on practical and professional experience as you participate in organizational, planning, scheduling and logistical aspects of field operations.

Note: A graduate of the Geomatics Engineering stream may also be qualified for certification by the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) as an Ontario Land Surveyor (OLS) and (equivalently) an Ontario Land Information Professional (OLIP).

  • You'll have the opportunity to participate in a two-week Field Survey course in Algonquin Park at the Radio Observatory.
  • You'll do research in York's Engineering Design Lab — specially designed to be unaffected by the natural vibrations of the building where it was built.
  • Paid internships are available after third year — the hours you spend working count toward your professional designation.

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Possible Career Paths: 
  • Geospatial engineer
  • Mission systems engineer
  • Navigation and position systems engineer

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.