22214 – Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology



22214 – Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
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. Meteorological technologists and technicians observe weather and atmospheric conditions, record, interpret, transmit and report on meteorological data, and provide weather information to the agricultural, natural resources and transportation industries and the public. 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. Meteorological technologists and technicians are employed by all levels of government, the media, natural resources, utilities and transportation companies and consulting firms.


Index of titles
Aerial photograph analyst
Aerial photograph interpreter
Aerial photograph technician
Aerial survey technician
Aerial survey technologist
Aerological observer
Aerological technician
Airborne data acquisition specialist
Avalanche controller
Avalanche observer
Avalanche technician
Cartographic compiler
Cartographic draftsman/woman
Cartographic technician
Cartographic technologist
Climate data processor
Climate service technician
Climatological technician
Geographic information systems (GIS) technician
Geographic information systems (GIS) technologist
Geological information system technician
Geological information system technologist
Geological mapping technician
Geomatics technician - Canadian armed forces
Geomatics technician - aerial surveys
Geomatics technician - cartography
Geomatics technician - geographical information systems (GIS)
Geomatics technician - photogrammetry
Geomatics technician - remote sensing
Geomatics technologist - aerial surveys
Geomatics technologist - cartography
Geomatics technologist - geographical information systems (GIS)
Geomatics technologist - photogrammetry
Geomatics technologist - remote sensing
Ice conditions service specialist - meteorology
Ice observer
Land information system (LIS) technician
Land information system (LIS) technologist
Map draftsman/woman
Map editor
Mapping technician
Meteorological aide
Meteorological inspector
Meteorological technician
Meteorological technician - Canadian armed forces
Photo cartographer
Photogrammetric technician
Photogrammetric technologist
Remote sensing (RS) application specialist
Remote sensing (RS) technician
Remote sensing (RS) technologist
Snow controller
Softcopy photogrammetrist
Surface weather observer
Weather briefer
Weather chart plotter
Weather forecast presentation technician
Weather station operations technician


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Aerial survey and remote sensing technologists and technicians
Operate analog or digital airborne remote sensing equipment such as survey film or digital cameras, laser or radar sensors and scanners to prepare images, data and graphic reports, maps and charts from airborne or satellite data
Develop specialized analog and computer software specific routines to customize and integrate image analysis
Inspect quality of recorded images, verify the integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems, and adjust equipment as required.

Geographic information systems (GIS) technologists and technicians
Operate specialized computer hardware and software and peripheral equipment to model, manage, analyze and display geospatial data
Develop specialized computer software routines, Internet-based GIS, database and business applications to customize geographic information
Work with external organizations on data transfer and systems compatibility issues
Perform data entry and editing activities and maintenance operations to systems following predetermined calibration procedures
Integrate external software such as spreadsheets and statistical packages with GIS software
Train and provide technical support for GIS users.

Cartographic technologists and technicians
Plan map content, format and design and compile required data from aerial photographs, survey notes, records, reports and other maps
Generate maps and related graphs and charts using digital mapping techniques, computer interactive graphics, computer-assisted design and drafting (CAD) software, traditional drafting methods and computer or traditional scribing tools
Inspect final compositions to ensure completeness and accuracy.

Photogrammetric technologists and technicians
Examine and interpret aerial photographs to prepare topographic maps, aerial-photograph mosaics and related charts
Operate digitized stereoscopic plotting and computer graphics equipment to provide three-dimensional optical models of terrain, to trace maps, and to prepare charts and tables
Monitor recording quality and adjust equipment as required and inspect quality of recorded images.

Meteorological technologists and technicians
Observe, record and transmit atmospheric and weather information including air pressure, temperature, humidity, precipitation and cloud, wind and ultraviolet conditions
Observe, chart and report on ice conditions in navigable waters and snow conditions, and participate in programs to forecast and control avalanches in mountainous terrain
Maintain climatological databases, analyze and interpret weather data and participate in the production of weather maps, charts and reports
Install, inspect, monitor, calibrate and maintain meteorological equipment and instruments.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
Geomatics technologists and technicians require completion of a college program in geomatics, cartography, photogrammetry, aerial survey, remote sensing, geographic information system (GIS) or geomatics.
In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title ''Professional Technologist''.
Meteorological technicians require completion of a one-year meteorological technician program provided by the Meteorological Service of Canada.
Further specialized training is available for meteorological technicians, and may be required by some employers.


Additional information
Geomatics is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the collection, analysis and presentation of geographically referenced data.
Mobility is possible between some occupations in this unit group.


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Drafting technologists and technicians (22212)
Land survey technologists and technicians (22213)
Land surveyors (21203)
Land use technician; urban planning technician (in 22300 Civil engineering technologists and technicians)
Meteorologists and climatologists (21103)
Surveying engineer; geomatics engineer (in 21300 Civil engineers )