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NOC 2254 – Land survey technologists and technicians

To apply under NOC-2254 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Land survey technologists and technicians.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Land survey technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

Land survey technologists

  • Assist survey engineers or professional surveyors to develop methods and procedures for conducting field surveys
  • Conduct field surveys and operate survey instruments and computer equipment to measure distance, angles, elevations and contours
  • Record measurements and other information obtained during field survey activities
  • Determine precise geographic locations using global positioning systems (GPS) equipment
  • Analyze latitude, longitude and angles and compute trigonometric and other calculations to plot features, contours and areas to a specific scale
  • Prepare detailed drawings, charts and plans and survey notes and reports
  • Supervise and co-ordinate field survey activities.

Land survey technicians

  • Participate in field surveys and operate survey instruments and devices
  • Keep records, measurements and other survey information in systematic order
  • Assist in the calculation, analysis and computation of measurements obtained during field surveys
  • Assist in the preparation of detailed drawings, charts and plans.

Land survey technologists and technicians may specialize in one of the following types of surveys: geodetic survey, topographic survey, legal (cadastral) survey or engineering survey.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Land survey technologists and technicians. 

NOC 2254 – Land survey technologists and technicians: example titles.

  • engineering survey technician
  • engineering survey technologist
  • geodetic survey technician
  • geodetic survey technologist
  • geomatics technician – land surveying
  • geomatics technologist – land surveying
  • instrument man/woman – surveying
  • land survey technician
  • land survey technologist
  • legal survey assistant
  • legal survey technician
  • legal survey technologist
  • plane table operator – surveying
  • technician, geomatics – land surveying
  • technician, land survey
  • technician, topographic survey
  • technologist, geomatics – land surveying
  • technologist, land survey
  • technologist, topographic survey
  • topographic survey technician
  • topographic survey technologist
  • transit man/woman – surveying
  • transit operator – surveying


Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technologists.
  • Completion of a one- to two-year college program in geomatics or land survey technology is usually required for land survey technicians.
  • Certification by provincial associations of technicians and technologists may be required by some employers.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title “Professional Technologist.”

Additional Information

  • Mobility is possible between the various occupations in this unit group.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • Progression to land surveyor position is possible with completion of professional surveyor examinations and certification.
  • Geomatics is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the collection, analysis and presentation of geographically referenced data.


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