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  • Civil Engineering Technician

    Civil Engineering Technician

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CVL
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Build your future as you build the world. Seneca’s renowned Civil Engineering Technician program prepares graduates to be dynamic participants in the design and creation of the built environment where humans live.

This ranges from the metropolitan infrastructure of bridges, airports and harbours to the neighbourhood construction of water supply systems, sewage disposal and new residences.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Collect and appropriately apply civil engineering data from existing graphics, reports, and other documents.
  • Contribute to the collection, processing, and interpretation of technical data related to civil engineering projects.
  • Communicate information effectively and accurately by interpreting, translating, and producing civil engineering 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.
  • Monitor the quality and quantity of work for civil engineering projects.
  • Contribute to designing, planning, inspecting, and constructing civil engineering projects.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of equipment, materials, and methods employed 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 analyse and solve technical problems related to civil engineering projects.
  • Maintain civil engineering project records, logs, and inventories.
  • Contribute to the assessment of the political, social, and environmental impacts of civil engineering projects.
  • Recognize the interdependence of the architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical disciplines relating to civil engineering projects.
  • Facilitate communication among project stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of civil engineering projects.
  • Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to enhance professional growth and competence.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.



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Your Career

Your career as a Civil Engineering Technician could include a wealth of diverse opportunities in both the public and private sectors, working in indoor and outdoor workplaces. With your Ontario College diploma, you may find exciting employment opportunities as a technician, estimator, or project co–ordinator. Your work may include preliminary and construction surveys, inspections on civil projects and other construction. Our graduates are prepared for positions in consulting engineering firms, construction companies, public utilities, municipal engineering and roads departments, and government departments. Your career may include roles as an AutoCAD technician, survey technician, materials tester, lab quality control technician, and construction specialist.

Co-operative Learning

The co–op education option provides you with an opportunity to gain relevant work experience and expand your understanding of the curriculum through practice. To find out whether you meet the academic requirements for co–op, please refer to the Civil Engineering Technology Diploma Program. There are valuable services to facilitate placement opportunities available for students enrolling in the program in semester two. You'll gain access to them through the CPP 100 course and co–op facilities.

The co–op program consists of one work–term from MAY – AUGUST, that provides a wealth of valuable course–related experience, employer contacts and greater opportunities for permanent placement after graduation.

The co–op application process begins in the Fall term offering of semester one. Students beginning their studies in the January start–up are ineligible to participate in a co–op summer work-term.

Advanced Learning Options

At the completion of the first year in the Civil Technician program you can elect to either continue in the Civil Technician program or transfer to the Civil Technology program (requires a grade of C or better in STM241).

Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in civil engineering or directly technology disciplines, applicants may qualify to begin their Seneca College studies in a higher semester than 1. At the discretion of the academic area, upper level entry may be granted to applicants who partially qualify with the understanding that they need to take additional courses from previous semesters.

University Degree Opportunity

To find out how Civil Engineering Technology graduates can complete a four–year Honours Degree in Environmental Studies at York University in just two years, please refer to the Civil Engineering Technology Program.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BEA001 CAD Fundamentals 4
EAC150 College English 3
EBE141 Introduction to Engineering Principles and Practices 2
ENS141 Engineering Problems and Statics 5
EVS141 Environmental Science 3
HSP141 Health and Safety Practices 1
MTA001 Mathematics I 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CRX341 Civil CAD Drafting II 4
MTA002 Mathematics II 3
MTR241 Materials 5
STM241 Strength of Materials 5
SVC001 Surveying I 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
CWT241 Co-op Work–Term (co-op option only)
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GTQ342 Geotechniques 5
HWT342 Highway Practices 5
SPX342 Steel Building Practices 5
SVC002 Surveying II 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BIX442 Building Inspection 4
CPX442 Concrete Building Practices 2
CTE442 Construction Techniques 4
MPP442 Municipal Practices 5
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
STW442 Wood Building Practices 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

For more information, call the Centre for the Built Environment at 1-800-572-0712, or visit our website at:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Li
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22036
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Atif Mohamed
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22167
Industry Coordinator: Sante Scornaienchi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22710
Co-op Coordinator: Ian MacLeod
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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