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Geomatician EFZ

You specialise in the acquisition, modelling, updating, analysis and visualisation of geoinformation.

In short

  • Diploma: geomatician with Federal Proficiency Certificate (EFZ)
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Vocational school: block school weeks at the vocational school in Zurich
  • Specialisations: cartography and geoinformatics

swisstopo provides training in the cartography and geoinformatics specialisations.

Focus areas

Geomaticians specialised in geoinformatics are specialists in the acquisition, modelling, updating, analysis and visualisation of spatial information. Data such as the position or the altitude of an object are acquired with the latest measurement systems and evaluated, managed and analysed using geoinformation systems and special applications. These data serve as a basis for many information and planning tasks as well as for decisions in the fields of technology, commerce, the environment and politics.  

For many geomaticians it is the unique combination of visualisation and use of technology that makes their profession so appealing.
For many geomaticians it is the unique combination of visualisation and use of technology that makes their profession so appealing.

Geomaticians specialised in cartography are specialists in the visual implementation of geoinformation. Using various geoinformation systems and special applications for the preparation, processing and layout of data, geomaticians specialised in cartography create appropriate map graphics for the correct and understandable representation and communication of complex issues.

swisstopo and the Swiss Federal Statistical Office in Neuchâtel are, at present, the only training institutions for geomaticians specialising in cartography. swisstopo has always set the benchmark for the creation of high-quality map products.

We offer interesting and demanding vocational training in an organisational unit with about 20 apprentices, a four-person team of vocational trainers and around 16 practical trainers.
 

Dominic Teuscher and Pascal Maurer completed their apprenticeship as geomaticians specialising in cartography in summer 2015, and both of them are now involved in the production of the new national map of Switzerland.
Dominic Teuscher and Pascal Maurer completed their apprenticeship as geomaticians specialising in cartography in summer 2015, and both of them are now involved in the production of the new national map of Switzerland.

Geomaticians specialised in cadastral surveying are specialists in the acquisition, updating, representation, management and marketing of spatial information. In particular, this concerns the surveying of property boundaries and other objects such as buildings, streets, walls, etc. This geoinformation serves as a basis for management of the Swiss Federal Land Register and is represented to scale in the plan for the land register and marked on the terrain. The acquisition of changes in the real world, mostly due to construction activities, is the main task of cadastral surveying.

The cadastral surveying specialisation is not taught at swisstopo as no tasks of this type are carried out.

The cadastral surveying specialisation is not taught at swisstopo. Apprentices specialising in geoinformatics also complete internships at the Land Surveying Office of the City of Bern and in the Geodesics Department.
BERN 23.08.2016 - Coen Brand, Lernende (3. Ausbildungsjahres) bei Swisstopo, arbeitet für seine Lehre ins Vermessungsamt in Bern. © Béatrice Devènes

Your apprenticeship at swisstopo

  • Passion for precise work
  • Good secondary education certificate
  • Very good comprehensive school certificate
  • Interest in geography and national maps
  • Reliable sense of spatial perception
  • Excellent sense of observation
  • Creative graphical talents
  • Enjoyment in working with computers
  • Stamina and concentration
     

   
Apprentices 19, of whom 15 specialising in cartography and 4 in geoinformatics
Salary

1st year apprentice = CHF 797.-

2nd year apprentice = CHF 982.-

3rd year apprentice = CHF 1500.- 

4th year apprentice = CHF 1787

and 13th monthly salary

Vacation 7 weeks of vacation per year
Working hours 8 hrs 18 mins per day, 41.5 hrs per week
Training locations

Swiss Federal of Office of Topography swisstopo in Wabern and vocational school in Zurich

In addition for the geoinformatics specialisation: internship at the Land Surceying Office of the City of bern and in the Geodesics Department

Specials Excursions and apprentice camp in the autumn

  • Geomatics technician with Swiss Federal Specialist Certificate
  • Typographer with Swiss Federal Specialist Certificate
  • Printing clerk with Swiss Federal Specialist Certificate
  • Bachelor of Science in Geomatics FH
  • Master of Science in Engineering, specialisation in geoinformation technology FH

Find out more about geomatic training and tasks at the geomatic training website. If you are interested, you will be invited to participate in an afternoon information session together with your parents. This first step will give you a personal impression; if you are interested, you can complete a two-day trial apprenticeship.  

Before you send us your application, we would be happy to welcome you to one of our afternoon information sessions at swisstopo. There you will receive all the details about the application process.

Information and registration for the afternoon session (in German)

 

 

Reto Künzler (phone 058 469 02 25 / reto.kuenzler@swisstopo.ch), Deputy Head of the Geomatics Vocational Training Department, will be happy to answer your questions.

More information at www.geomatikausbildung.ch (in German).
 


Federal Office of Topography swisstopo Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
CH-3084 Waber
Tel.
+41 58 469 01 11

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Contact person

Stefan Arn
Head of vocational education in geomatics
Tel +41 58 469 01 68
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Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
CH-3084 Waber

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