Urban and Regional Planning Technician - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - 406 - 606
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 Technician - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 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.
Benefit from a full year of work experience with three back-to-back co-op terms.
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.
2 academic years (periods of 8 months)
University Graduates Fast Track Option
This program offers a 12-month direct entry option beginning in the Spring/Summer semester of each academic year for those with a related university degree and experience with AutoCAD. Those without AutoCAD experience should be prepared to register in CADM CAD06 (AutoCAD Introduction) through the School of Continuing Education no later than May in order to maintain eligibility for the accelerated option. For further information and program entry assessments please contact the program coordinator.
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- 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
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.
Tuition and Fees
2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Compulsory Ancillary Fees||$831.02||$712.05|
|Compulsory Program Fees||$110.00||$0.00|
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$2,295.06||$2,066.09|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$4,361.15|
Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee||$8,095.00||$8,095.00|
|Program Compulsory Fees||$110.00||$0.00|
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00|
|Total International Charges Per Semester||$8,655.00||$8,470.00|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$17,125.00|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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Course Overview & Descriptions
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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.
|September to December||January to April||May to August|
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Vacation|
|Semester 3||Work 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.
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 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 Range||Co-op Pay Average|
|Range: To be announced||Average: To be announced|
For further information, please contact:
Jason Peng, Co-op Specialist
Email: jason.peng [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Jason Peng)
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.
- Review the program learning outcomes for Urban and Regional Planning Technician - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (406)
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.
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
Students are automatically enrolled in the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT).
Pathways to Mohawk
If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
Pathways within Mohawk
We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. *
- Architectural Technician
- Civil Engineering Technician
- Architectural Technology
- Civil Engineering Technology
- Civil Engineering Technology - Transportation
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways beyond Mohawk
Earn a degree:
Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) - Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURPl) (opens new window)
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
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.
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.
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