Remote Sensing 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 airborne remote sensing equipment aerial photography, radar systems, and thermal energy systems;
- Samples electromagnetic radiation to obtain data and images of the Earth’s land surface, oceans, and atmosphere;
- Monitors raw data quality during collection and adjusts equipment as needed;
- Calibrates data collection equipment;
- Directs the installation of newly acquired remote sensing hardware and software;
- Verifies the integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems;
- Merges scanned images of large areas using image processing software;
- Integrates remotely sensed data with other geospatial data;
- Collects supporting climatic or field survey data to corroborate remote sensing data analysis;
- Conducts research to augment and improve remote sensing technologies;
- Develops automated processes to correct for the presence of various forms of image distortion;
- Prepares and delivers reports and presentations on remote sensing mapping projects;
- Collaborates with agricultural and forestry workers to provide remotely sensed data for use in addressing observed environmental impacts.
Two-year college program in cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information systems, or geomatics.