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School of Natural Resources
Program Length: One Year
Start Date: September 2019
The Geological Technician is expected to conduct field work primarily outside in a variety of conditions and sometimes in remote regions. If you are interested in the field of geology and enjoy the outdoors, a career as a geological technician may appeal to you. Specific skills related to the geological technician include:
field data collection
field sample collection and preparation
rock, soil, and sediment analysis
geo-chemical data interpretation
geophysical data collection and interpretation, and
Geological Technicians use field observations in conjunction with geological data to aid exploration companies in prospecting for various geological commodities. Typical duties performed by geological technicians include:
operation and adjustment of equipment and apparatus used to obtain geological data
studying reports in order to compile information and data for geological prospecting
setting up, or directing the set-up of instruments used to collect geological data
collection of samples and cuttings, using relevant equipment and hand tools
researching public databases to obtain information
assembling, maintaining, and distributing pertinent geological information, and
preparation of notes, sketches, geological maps and cross-sections
Duties may also include assisting in the supervision of line cutting, trenching and mineral exploration, mining operations, and oil, water, & gas well drilling.
Geological Technicians must be physically fit and able to perform under various work conditions that require a combination of sitting, standing and walking in a fast-paced environment working under pressure and under tight deadlines. Individuals must be willing to travel, assist in base camp set-up, operation and take-downs and be able to adjust to minimal living conditions. They should also be mechanically inclined and will be operating various equipment including generators, rock drills, soil augers, pumps, boats, ATV’s, snowmobiles, and other motorized equipment.
Upon successful completion of the Geological Technician program, graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:
Develop and implement Geological working solutions and problem solving on a day to day basis.
Demonstrate the methods used to gather Geological information from the field and/or existing maps and/or records, and position the information into a framework of existing spatial data structures.
Apply geophysical principles using database processing within Geological structures and environments.
Design, implement and manage plans, solutions and databases using current technical equipment.
Demonstrate competency in the basics of Geology.
Apply the skills necessary to analyze Geological data using various technical testing methods.
Apply Geological GIS skills for implementing web-based GIS Geological applications.
Employ user-friendly Geological Management graphical interfaces including the integrating of Microsoft Windows-based software in the development of Geological Management GIS applications.
Geological Technicians work with Geology Consultants, Geophysics or Engineering Firms, Mining Companies, Mineral Exploration Companies, and with Government Agencies.
Graduates of the Geological Technician program may elect to further their studies and obtain a diploma, and/or a degree at a number of Canadian Colleges and Universities.
Eligibility for admission to the Geological Technician program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
iii. Science (4 credits) two of which must be chosen from:
Earth Systems: 3209
Environmental Science: 3205
the remaining Science credits to be chosen from the highest Science mark in level 1, 2 or 3.
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
ii. Two science courses chosen from one of the following three combinations:
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. Mathematics 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
ii English: 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
iii. Science from one of the following sections:
a. Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
b. Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
c. Physics 1104, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile (and appropriate grades) may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
4. Mature Student Requirement
Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements, must be at least 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Clause.
Introduction to Computers
Principles of GIS
Field School - 1 week
Safety & Maintenance of Field Equipment
On the Job Training - 2 weeks
The course and lab hours per week are based on a 15-week semester. In intersession, the course and lab hours will be adjusted to reflect the shorter semester length.
In addition to the formal semester courses listed in the program of studies, students in the Geological Technician program are required to complete or obtain valid certification in the following areas before graduation:
Canadian Firearm Safety Course/Hunter Education
Pleasure Craft Operator's Card
Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime) DSC Endorsement
Wilderness First Aid Certification w/CPR/AED
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
: Students should be aware that additional fees apply for certifications as well as field activities.
Students are required to obtain the following equipment and clothing: hard hat, compass with inclinometer, hand lens, safety glasses, rubber boots, hiking boots, good quality rainwear, neoprene gloves and other clothing appropriate for outdoor work.