Urban and Regional Planning Technician - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Co-op Overview

Co-op Format

September to December January to April May to August
Semester 1Semester 2Vacation
Semester 3Work Term 1 (Co-op)Work Term 2 (Co-op)
Work Term 3 (Co-op)Semester 4 

Co-op Delivery and Fees

This program has an optional co-op, as part of the program of study. The annual co-op fee structure can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.

For questions, please contact the Co-op Specialist listed at the bottom of the webpage.

Driver’s License and Vehicle

Please note that the majority of co-op positions for this program require that students have a valid driver’s license ('G' class preferred) and access to a vehicle.

Co-op Designation

This program offers three co-op work term opportunities but requires two completed co-op work terms for the co-op designation. 

Work Term Capabilities

The Urban and Regional Planning Technician – Geographic Information Systems (GIS) diploma program uses an applied learning model that prepares students for real world experience.  Work-related simulations form the foundation of courses in applied planning law, site planning, subdivision design and community design.

After completing three full semesters of the program, the student will have acquired sufficient knowledge and specialized skill to perform the following activities:

  • Review and process development applications through informed interpretation and application of various land use plans and planning instruments governed by the Ontario Planning Act;
  • Prepare site plans and draft plans of subdivision, both manually and with the use of computer-aided drafting (CAD);
  • Apply fundamentals of urban design in land use plans;
  • Contribute to the production of planning justification reports;
  • Utilize the latest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools (ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, basic web development using ArcGIS API for JavaScript, and ArcGIS StoryMaps) to perform spatial analysis, prepare maps and develop basic web apps;
  • Utilize GIS to build technical tools from prototype through to launch;
  • Prepare research reports by performing basic data collection and presentation techniques; and
  • Explain the legal basis of land ownership in Ontario, compare the Registry and Land Titles land registry systems, and identify steps in property purchase and types of land ownership.


Co-op Pay RangeCo-op Pay Average
Range: $17.50 - $25.00Average: $22.00


For further information, please contact:

Jaime Harris, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2164
Email: jaime.harris [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Urban%20and%20Regional%20Planning%20Technician%20-%20Co-op%20Inquiry) (Jaime Harris)