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Mapping and related technologists and technicians gather, analyze, interpret and use geospatial information for applications in natural resources, geology, environment and land use planning. This unit group includes technologists and technicians who design and prepare maps, interpret aerial photographs, operate interpretative and airborne remote sensing equipment, and develop and operate geographical information systems. They are employed by all levels of government, the armed forces, utilities, mapping, computer software, forestry, architectural, engineering and consulting firms and other related establishments.
aerial survey technician, cartographer, cartographic technician, geographic information systems (GIS) technician, map editor, mapping technician, photogrammetric technologist, photogrammetrist, remote sensing (RS) technician, softcopy photogrammetrist.
- 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.
- 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.
- Operate airborne remote sensing equipment such as survey film or digital cameras, laser or radar sensors and scanners which produce images of large areas of the earth, coastline, or of the atmosphere
- Monitor recording quality and adjust equipment as required and inspect quality of recorded images.
- Operate analog or computer-based remote sensing interpretive equipment to prepare images, graphic and alphanumeric reports, maps and charts from airborne or satellite data
- Develop specialized analog and computer software specific routines to customize and integrate image analysis
- Verify the integrity and accuracy of data contained in remote sensing image analysis systems.
- 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 pre-determined calibration procedures
- Integrate external software such as spreadsheets and statistical packages with GIS software
- Train and provide technical support for GIS users.
Outlook & Prospects for Mapping and Related Technologists and Technicians in Estrie Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Estrie region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- The Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM) will build a new pavilion that will be inaugurated in 2017. This project will require an investment estimated at more than $100M. (available in French only)
- Thanks to a $17.3M investment, two new elementary schools will be built for the 2015 back-to-school semester in Sherbrooke, in the boroughs of Rock Forest and Saint-Élie-d'Orford (available in French only)
- Inauguration of the new aquatic complex of l'Université de Sherbrooke built at a cost of $16.5M (available in French only)
- With a $220M investment, the new deep-water quay of the Port de Sept-Îles in Pointe-Nord is the biggest maritime dockyard in Canada (available in French only)
- Les Aciers Orford in Sherbrooke, which specializes in the manufacturing and installation of steel, reinforcement and welded wire, will invest $4M to expand. Thirty-some jobs will need to be filled by this summer.
- The provincial government will invest $1.3B into road infrastructures for the Montréal region in the next couple of years; more than 80 construction sites will be located on the island. (available in French only)
- The Ville de Québec has entrusted the management of its library network to the Institut canadien de Québec (ICQ). This change of organization will lead to the layoff of 50 temporary employees by July 1, 2013. (available in French only)
- Daycare Ma petite école Einstein, located on boulevard Lebourgneuf in Québec, has doubled its reception capacity. Currently, the daycare counts 23 employees. The addition of more space will lead to the creation of more than 20 jobs.
- 14 people laid off at Canadian Museum of Civilization (available in French only)
- Saguenay company Cegerco has obtained an $111M in contracts for the construction of a Romaine-1 hydroelectric power plant on the Côte-Nord and for rebuilding the cafeteria of the LG-2 complex in James Bay. The company plans to hire 250 people. (available in French only)
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- With a $121.7M investment, the Centre femme-jeunesse-famille, a new wing of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Sherbrooke, will be built in Sherbrooke in 2015 and open in 2017 (available in French only)
- Ecotierra, a company that specializes in projects that offer carbone credits, has invested $800,000 to set up shop in Sherbrooke. Five jobs were created. (available in French only)
- Supermarket IGA of the Brompton borough in Sherbrooke has just invested $6M to expand. Thus, 25 new jobs were added to the 50 existing ones. (available in French only)
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Sawmill Bois Champigny of Potton has gone bankrupt since April 19. Thirty-some jobs were lost. (available in French only)
- A new filtering plant that powers the North Hatley region in potable water will be built for $11.2M (available in French only)
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- DBO Expert, a distributor of wastewater treatment technologies, has invested $690,000 to renovate its facilities in Sherbrooke. In addition to the 10 jobs being consolidated, three new positions have been created and three more are expected. (available in French only)
- Quinco & Cie in Magog, which specializes in the design of self-adhesive wall tiles, is investing $866,450 to purchase new equipment. In addition to the 20 or so jobs being consolidated, 10 new positions are expected in the short term. (available in French only)
- A number of businesses in various industries in the Stanstead area are seeking to fill 15 positions (available in French only)
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