Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician
Technical occupations in geomatics include aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartographic and photogrammetric technologists and technicians, who gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology, environmental research and land use planning. Geomatics technologists and technicians are employed by all levels of government, utilities, mapping, computer software, forestry, architectural, engineering and consulting firms and other related establishments.
- Operates specialized computer hardware and software to model, analyze, and display geospatial data;
- Compiles geographical, political, and cultural information to create specialized maps;
- Manages the operation of GIS equipment;
- Creates, maintains, and updates GIS databases;
- Integrates external software such as spreadsheets and statistical packages with GIS software;
- Updates maps as new data is received;
- Develops specialized software programs to customize geographical information to the needs of individual clients;
- Assists in the design and development of spatial and non-spatial relational databases;
- Conducts advanced spatial analysis and modelling;
- Works with external organizations on data transfer and system compatibility issues;
- Trains and provides technical support to GIS users.
Two-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems or geomatics.