Civil Engineering Technology

Program: CVTY
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This program is scheduled to take advantage of typical Canadian construction seasons. Upon graduation, the students are prepared to work with engineers, designers, and construction project managers as an integral part of the team. Students are exposed to three program principles:

  1. proposal development (construction of roads, bridges, sewers, water mains, and other infrastructure),
  2. cost estimation, and
  3. field work (materials testing and project administration).

The use of the latest codes and standards, site management techniques, and related computer technologies along with integrated work placement experiences equip graduates to succeed in this rapidly evolving and growing industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find work in the private sector as quantity surveyors (estimators), purchasers, site supervisors and project managers, drafters, or designers using computer aided Design (CAD) technology. They may also find employment as assistants in engineering offices. Public sector employment in a variety of government agencies, including municipal building inspection/code enforcement are employment options for graduates.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • assemble, analyze, and appropriately apply civil engineering data from existing graphics, reports, and other documents;
  • coordinate and facilitate the collection, processing, and interpretation of technical date related to civil engineering projects;
  • communicate information effectively and accurately by analyzing, translating, and producing civil engineering documents;
  • monitor that all work is completed 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;
  • schedule and coordinate civil engineering projects and monitor the quality and quantity of work;
  • assist in planning, designing, inspecting, supervising, and constructing civil engineering projects;
  • evaluate the methods employed and the use of equipment and materials involved in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects;
  • use electronic technology to support civil engineering projects;
  • apply the principles of mathematics and science to analyze and solve technical problems related to civil engineering projects;
  • manage and maintain systems for civil engineering project records, logs, and inventories;
  • assist in the assessment of the political, social, and environment impacts of civil engineering projects;
  • take into account the interdependence of the architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical disciplines relating to civil engineering projects;
  • liaise among the project stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of civil engineering projects;
  • develop and use strategies and plans to enhance professional growth and competence;
  • 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 - Barrie

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Work Term 2-dbl: Summer 2019 - Fall 2019
  • Sem 5: Winter 2020
  • Sem 6: Summer 2020


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

33 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms

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
CIVL 3000Heavy Construction Estimating: Computer Applications
CIVL 3001Estimating: Cost Analysis
COMP 1056Civil Engineering Graphics
COMP 1057CAD / Civil Construction
COMP 2124Introduction to 3D Drafting
COMP 30323D CAD Civil / Construction
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
CONS 3000Structural Analysis: Beams and Columns
CONS 3006Construction Practices: Reinforced Concrete
CONS 3007Construction Practices: Structural Steel
CONS 3008Construction in Ontario
CONS 3012Numerical Analysis
CONS 3013Construction Practices and Design: Highways 2
ENVR 1000Environmental Science and Sustainability
MATH 1028Mathematics for Constructions
MENG 2003Statics
MENG 2007Strength of Materials
MGMT 2002Project Management
MGMT 3013Project Management for Civil Construction
MGMT 3014Contract Law and Ethics
SURV 1001Civil / Construction Surveying
SURV 1003Civil/Construction Surveying 2
SURV 2003Introduction to GIS and Geospatial Technology
TECR 3009Technical Project: Civil
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 Terms
COOP 1028Civil Engineering Work Term 1
COOP 2023Civil Technology Work Term 2-3

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.