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 2024
Location: Barrie


In this program you successfully prepare to join the rapidly evolving and growing industry of civil engineering. You are exposed to the construction and design of roads, bridges, sewers, watermains, and structures; are introduced to cost estimation; and experience field work, material testing, and project management. The application of codes and standards, site development techniques, and related computer technologies to integrated co-op placements prepares you to work with engineers, designers, and construction project managers as an integral part of the team.

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. Graduates 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:

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 monitor that work is performed in compliance with contractual obligations, applicable laws, standards, bylaws, codes and ethical practices in the civil engineering field;

4. promote and carry out sustainable practices in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements;

5. facilitate the collaboration and interaction among the project team and project stakeholders to support civil engineering projects;

6. collect, process, analyze and coordinate 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, technical mathematics and principles of science to the review, production and/or modification of project plans;

9. contribute to the scheduling and coordination and cost estimation of civil engineering projects and monitor their progression by applying principles of construction project management;

10. coordinate and perform quality control testing and evaluate equipment, materials and methods used in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects;

11. apply teamwork, leadership, supervision 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 1: Summer 2025
  • Sem 3: Fall 2025
  • Sem 4: Winter 2026
  • Work Term 2-dbl: Summer 2026 - Fall 2026
  • Sem 5: Winter 2027
  • Sem 6: Summer 2027


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

32 Program 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.

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
Semester 5
Program Courses  
COMP 3032 3D CAD Civil / Construction 42
CONS 3000 Structural Analysis - Beams and Columns 42
CONS 3007 Structural Steel Design 42
CONS 3012 Numerical Analysis 42
MGMT 3013 Project Management for Civil Construction 42
SURV 3001 Advanced GIS and New Technologies for Civil 42
Semester 6
Program Courses  
CIVL 3000 Heavy Construction Estimating: Computer Applications 42
CIVL 3002 Soil Mechanics 42
CONS 3006 Reinforced Concrete Design 42
MATH 3001 Calculus for Civil Engineering 42
MGMT 3014 Contract Law and Ethics 42
TECR 3009 Technical Project: Civil 42
 Total Hours1603
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermsHours
COOP 1028 Civil Engineering Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2) 560
COOP 2023 Civil Technology Work Term 2-3 (occurs after Semesters 4) 1120
 Total Hours1680

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six 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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