We need Mapping Technicians because they bring together information in exciting ways, creating and using GIS databases and computer programs to replace paper maps and drawings. They must be good with numbers, programming and visualizing data.

What is it Like to Work as a Mapping Technician in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer, region and mine.

Mapping Technicians are usually based in an office far from the mine site, but may spend some time at the production and exploration sites. Working hours vary considerably but standard weekday working hours with only occasional overtime, evening and/or weekend work are the norm.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Mapping Technicians get satisfaction from finding creative and visually attractive solutions to problems. They enjoy information technology and databases, and the presentation of data. They appreciate the chance to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team, at the forefront of a rapidly developing field, using the latest technologies and equipment.

Job Description

  • Procure and install GIS software for the mine, and the data collection, as well as the equipment (including scanners, plotters, smartphones) that interfaces with Satellite Positional Systems (SPS)
  • Build, design output reports, operate, maintain and develop the GIS and spatial databases and systems for the mine
  • Analyze and edit spatial data to verify its integrity and accuracy
  • Work closely with Surveyors and Engineers to ensure that data is accurately collected, presented, interpreted and used
  • Integrate data from various sources to generate digital graphics and maps
  • Prepare topographic maps, aerial photo mosaics, and other custom mapping products as required
  • Help to ensure safety, protect the environment, improve operational efficiency and quality control, control production costs, solve everyday problems and meet deadlines
  • Contribute to reports and instruction manuals, attend meetings, record and store information
  • Coach and assist Surveyors, Engineers and Operators use of GIS databases


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Job Prospect

Demand in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Interested in technology, Information Technology, instrumentation, new applications and efficiency
  • Interested in visual presentation, aesthetics, colour schemes
  • Trustworthy and maintains positive relationships with a wide variety of personnel
  • Identifies issues and solve problems with a positive attitude
  • Can work in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Can work in a team and independently
  • Committed to accuracy, data integrity, improved production and reduced costs
  • Embraces new techniques and technology
  • Interested in quality assurance, safety and environmental protection, procedures, legislation and regulations
  • Learns quickly, especially detailed functional, legal/privacy and technical information
  • Organized and a critical thinker
  • Strong analytical, computer and programming skills
  • Strong communication, listening and multi-tasking skills
  • Takes initiative and achieves new insights into the data
  • Works well with the continuing changes of pragmatic iterative processes

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and does not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Fixed Requirements

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant subject (i.e., geography, geology, surveying, etc.), or a combination of education with experience as a Database Technician
  • Proficiency with surveying terminology and the use of survey tools and field equipment
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, digital mapping, spatial database software, graphic workstations, colour plotters, digitizers and related equipment
  • Able to prepare and execute less complex tools such as scripts, menus and routines related to the work performed
  • Knowledge of GIS software
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, email software and language of operation
  • Knowledge of advanced geographic information concepts, systems and applications, legal land surveying, coordinate geometry, survey calculations and topographical mapping
  • Must be able to pass a medical and drug test
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment

Regional Requirement

  • Certification through provincial associations of applied science technologists and technicians
  • Two years of supervised work experience

May be Required

  • Valid driver’s licence with few or no current infractions


  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
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