Civil Engineering Technician

Program: CVET
Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time + Part-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2024
Location: Barrie


In this program you prepare to work with engineers and construction project managers as part of a team constructing roads, bridges, sewers, water mains, and other infrastructure. You determine data 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 semesters 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 computer-aided design (CAD) technology. They may also find employment as assistants in engineering or construction offices. Public sector employment in a variety of government agencies, including municipal building inspection/code enforcement are employment options for graduates. A technician graduate would work with engineering and technologists in the gathering of data and information.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. develop and use strategies to enhance professional growth and ongoing learning in the civil engineering field;
  2. comply with workplace health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations; 
  3. complete duties and assist in monitoring that work is performed in compliance with contractual obligations, applicable laws, standards, bylaws, codes and ethical practices in the civil engineering field;
  4. carry out sustainable practices in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements;
  5. collaborate with the project team and communicate effectively with project stakeholders to support civil engineering projects; 
  6. collect, process and interpret technical data to produce written and graphical project-related documents;
  7. use industry-specific electronic and digital technologies to support civil engineering projects;
  8. participate in the design and modeling phase of civil engineering projects by applying engineering concepts, basic technical mathematics and principles of science to the review and production of project plans;
  9. assist in the scheduling, cost estimation and monitoring of the progression of civil engineering projects by applying principles of construction project management; 
  10. perform quality control testing and the monitoring of equipment, materials and methods involved in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects; 
  11. apply teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills when working individually or within multidisciplinary teams to complete civil engineering projects.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Experiential and Work-Integrated Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulations for details.   

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at

External Recognition

This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada).

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Work Term: Summer 2025
  • Sem 3: Fall 2025
  • Sem 4: Winter 2026


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

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Mathematics (C, M, or U) or 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 for Prior Learning website for details:

Additional Information

Applicants are strongly recommended to have a minimum of their G2 license by the end of their 2nd semester for successful co-op placement.

A basic understanding of computer use for Word documents, emails, and accessing the internet is expected.

A windows compatible laptop is strongly recommended for at home use/practice of software. Most program softwares have educational versions available for home use. 

Appropriate field wear is required including a high visibility vest and steel toed boots (must have CSA green triangle). 

Graduation Requirements

20 Program 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.

Program Tracking 

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
CIVL 1002 Physics for Civil Engineering 42
COMP 1119 Introduction to 2D CAD for Civil Engineering 56
CONS 1003 Construction Practices 42
MATH 1046 Extended Math for Construction 56
SURV 1001 Civil / Construction Surveying 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
CIVL 1001 Quantity Estimation and Drawing Review 42
COMP 1057 2D CAD / Civil Construction 42
CONS 1004 Material Testing for Civil Engineering 42
CONS 2003 Construction Practices and Design: Municipal and Provincial Codes and Standards 42
MENG 1022 Statics 56
SURV 1003 Civil/Construction Surveying 2 21
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
COMP 2147 Introduction to 3D CAD Drafting 56
CONS 2000 Construction Materials and Methods 42
MENG 2007 Strength of Materials 42
MGMT 2002 Project Management 42
General Education Course  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. 84
Semester 4
Program Courses  
CIVL 2001 Geotechnical Analysis and Geosynthetics 42
CIVL 2003 Site Development and Stormwater Management 56
CONS 2001 Building and Bridge Systems 42
CONS 2004 Construction Practices: Highways 42
SURV 2003 Introduction to GIS and Geospatial Technology 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1099
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermHours
COOP 1028 Civil Engineering Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2) 560
 Total Hours560

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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