Urban and Regional Planning Technician - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - 406

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Delve into the concepts, processes and technologies used to create healthy communities.
Overview

Program Highlights

Have you ever wondered why our cities and communities look the way they do? Are you curious to learn about how decisions get made in communities? Or do you want to be part of a multi-discipline team that creates new exciting urban areas? 

The Urban and Regional Planning-GIS Technician program will provide you this foundation and knowledge through:

  • Laws and policies that shape our urban environments.
  • Design with Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatially representing data.
  • Three-dimensional (3D) visualization software.

What you'll learn

  • Land use planning principles, concepts and planning policy used to shape healthy and sustainable communities. 

  • Urban infrastructure, transportation technology 

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD), plan reading, graphics and visualization skills used to support the creation of communities 

  • Urban Design, neighbourhood development, subdivision design and site planning 

  • How to read and interpret provincial policy, official plans and zoning by-laws 

  • How to analyze development applications, prepare planning reports and make successful presentations. 

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months)

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Fall 2020 program delivery

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Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $753.47 $698.20
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $110.00  $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,217.51 $2,052.24
Total 1st Year Fees $4,269.75

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,879.00 $7,935.00
Program Compulsory Fees $110.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,439.00 $8,310.00
Total 1st Year Fees $16,749.00

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Additional Information

Admission

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
    • Grade 10, 11 or 12 Design Technology courses recommended
  • This program offers a direct entry option for those with a related university degree. Applicants may be able to complete the program in one year. For further information and program entry assessments please contact the program coordinator.

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Through a very hands-on education consisting of many labs and practical projects over four semesters.
  • Explore academic content through field trips and site visits.
  • Apply cumulative program knowledge through a capstone research project.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Opportunities

Opportunities

Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Planning Technician and Technologists
  • CAD Technicians
  • Surveying/GIS Technicians

Where you could work includes:

  • Public and Private Sectors
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Land Development Companies
  • Real Estate and Utility Companies

Opportunities for grads

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Technology Requirements

Software
AutoCAD is required for this program. A free download for students is available through the AutoCAD website. To be eligible for this download you must register with your Mohawk email, pass the system requirements test, and provide proof of enrollment (Photo of ONE Card, letter of acceptance, etc.). Note that you can only complete this registration process after your program start date.

Hardware
The Engineering programs recommend the "Best Specifications" as listed on the Student Tech Support Hardware Specifications page.
Note: We do not recommend using a Mac as the software required in this program has many usability issues with their operating system.

Program Coordinator

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Domestic Canadian Students

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Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

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Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

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Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Hayley Hopkins

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2021
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The Urban and Regional Planning-GIS Technician program at Mohawk College is an excellent, well-rounded program that provides students with a full range of technical, academic and professional skills. Holding previous post-secondary education, I found this program especially beneficial for rounding out my skills and helping me get into the workforce.  Holding a diploma from the Urban and Regional Planning-GIS Technician program at Mohawk College has helped me get to where I am today because it played a major role in my hiring at an engineering consulting firm. With my knowledge gained from the Urban and Regional Planning-GIS Technician program, I am able to bring another point of view to the design table and assist the engineers and planners in better communication between one another.

– Sarah Rooyakkers, Graduate 2019

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The Urban and Regional Planning-GIS Technician program at Mohawk College was a natural choice for me. I knew I wanted to work in the field of urban planning and design and my studies have provided me with the foundation I need to start my career. The program provides a well-rounded curriculum covering subjects from planning theory and law to advanced AutoCAD and GIS. The instructors bring a wealth of knowledge to the program and their guidance and support was key to my success.

– Manselle Drummond, Graduate 2020

Davin Metheral

With the support of my professors and peers, Mohawk gave me the skills to understand and interpret Ontario’s planning policy and legislation. The various projects and case studies helped me to understand what I would be tasked with in the workplace. The skills gained have provided tremendous insight and knowledge preparing me for various planning environments, including planning consultants or municipalities. I will be continuing my education at Ryerson University, taking advantage of the two-year degree completion program.

– Davin Metheral, Graduate 2020