Press release

More than GPS and map reading: new occupations in geo-information technology

22/2010 | Bonn, 09.06.2010

Geodata provides us with important information on the earth. It forms the basis of development, supply and emergency planning as well as supporting our mobile society via navigational systems. Today, geodata is collected, presented and processed using state-of-the-art computer and satellite aided surveying and data storage methods. In order to train the skilled workers required in this field, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has developed new training regulations for the occupations of geomatics technician and surveying technician. These regulations have been drawn up on behalf of the Federal Government and have been prepared in conjunction with the social partners and experts. They enter into force on 1 August 2010.

The main task of geomatics technicians is to organise the management of geodata. This includes the collection, analysis and storage of data as well as implementation and presentation in a range of media such as maps and navigational instruments. The updated occupation of surveying technician has been expanded by adding new geoinformation technology elements and specialist skills from the field of measurement technology. Surveying technicians may be involved in such activities as real estate surveying, procedures for determining the value of property and technical measurements. The occupation has now been divided into the specialisms of "surveying" and "mining surveying", and separate specific contents are provided in the third year of training.

These new work contents have led to a modernised concept of training in the field of geo-information technology. Both occupations share common training content during the first year. The contents of both the "old" occupations of cartographer and mining surveying technician have each been integrated into one of the two occupations, and cartographer and mining surveying technician have been replaced as independent occupations. Activities thus require a wide range of aspects, such as the mastery of complex spatial facts and circumstances, the application of mathematical and IT knowledge, graphic design, customer orientation and occupationally related legal knowledge.

Both the public sector and the private economy provide employment opportunities for geomatics technicians. They may work, for example, at federal state offices providing surveying and basic geodata services and may also find employment at surveying and cadastral authorities or at map-making and remote sensing companies. Surveying technicians also use geo-information systems. Surveying technicians working in the specialism of "surveying", for example, work both internally and in the field to carry out positional and height measurements. Employment opportunities are available in the public sector as well as with surveying, engineering and industrial companies. The main focus of surveying technicians working in the specialism of "mining surveying" is on underground surveying work. This involves the presentation and evaluation of stratification and mine-working conditions. Job opportunities are provided by mining companies, mining authorities and engineering companies.

For further (German language) information on the new training occupations, please visit www.bibb.de/de/52273.htm or consult the (German language) brochure "New and modernised training occupations 2010". The brochure is available for download free of charge at www.bibb.de/berufe.

Picture material is available at www.bibb.de/pressefotos.

Contact partner at BIBB:
Marlies Dorsch-Schweizer, Tel.: 0228/107-2228

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