Civil Engineering Technician

Program: CVET
Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


Graduates from this program are prepared to work with engineers and construction project managers as part of a team constructing roads, bridges, sewers, water mains, and other infrastructure. Technicians develop information for cost estimation, perform materials testing, and assist in the administration of projects in the field. Teamwork and project-based learning are emphasized.

This program is common with the first four semester of the Civil Engineering Technology program, and graduates may choose to continue into the third year of that program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find work in the private sector assisting quantity surveyors (estimators), purchasers, site supervisors or project managers, drafters or detailers, using the latest in (CAD) technology. They may also find employment as assistants in engineering or construction offices. In the public sector, they may find employment in many government agencies or as site inspectors.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • collect and appropriately apply civil engineering and construction data from existing graphics, reports, and other documents;
  • contribute to the collection, processing, and interpretation of technical data related to civil engineering and construction projects;
  • communicate information effectively and accurately by interpreting, translating, and producing civil engineering and construction documents;
  • complete all work in compliance with the rights and conditions of contractual obligations; applicable law, standards, bylaws, and codes; and the accepted principles and practices of civil engineering and construction;
  • monitor the quality and quantity of work for civil engineering and construction projects;
  • contribute to designing, planning, inspecting, and constructing civil engineering and construction projects;
  • contribute to the evaluation of equipment, materials, and methods employed in the implementation and completion of civil engineering and construction projects;
  • use electronic technology to support civil engineering and construction projects;
  • apply the principles of mathematics and science to analyze and solve technical problems related to civil engineering and construction projects;
  • maintain civil engineering and construction project records, logs, and inventories;
  • contribute to the assessment of the political, social, and environmental impacts of civil engineering and construction projects;
  • recognize the interdependence of the architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical disciplines relating to civil engineering and construction projects;
  • facilitate communication among project stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of civil engineering and construction projects;
  • develop and use strategies and plans to enhance professional growth and competence;
  • assist in the preparation of accurate estimates of time, cost, quality and quantity; tenders; and bids for civil engineering and construction projects;
  • work in compliance with the theory and the accepted principles and practices of the civil engineering and construction industries;
  • contribute to the human resource management of civil engineering and construction projects;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

21 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
CIVL 1001Quantity Estimation and Drawing Review
CIVL 2001Geotechnical Analysis and Geosynthetics
CIVL 2002Stormwater Management / Best Management Practices
COMP 1056Civil Engineering Graphics
COMP 1057CAD / Civil Construction
COMP 2124Introduction to 3D Drafting
CONS 1003Construction Practices
CONS 1004Construction Practices and Design: Material Testing
CONS 2000Construction Practices: Methods
CONS 2001Construction Practices: Building Systems
CONS 2003Construction Practices and Design: Municipal and Provincial Codes and Standards
CONS 2004Construction Practices: Highways
CONS 2008Site Development
ENVR 1000Environmental Science and Sustainability
MATH 1028Mathematics for Constructions
MENG 2003Statics
MENG 2007Strength of Materials
MGMT 2002Project Management
SURV 1001Civil / Construction Surveying
SURV 1003Civil/Construction Surveying 2
SURV 2003Introduction to GIS and Geospatial Technology
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Co-op Work Term
COOP 1028Civil Engineering Work Term 1

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.