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  • Civil Engineering Technology

    Civil Engineering Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CVT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Build your future as you build the world.

Our renowned Civil Engineering Technology program prepares you to be a dynamic participant in the design and creation of our built environment where humans live. This ranges from the metropolitan infrastructure of bridges, airports and harbours to the neighbourhood design of water supply systems, sewage disposal, residential layout, and areas such as water management, the resource issue of the 21st century.

Your studies will be grounded in the skills and knowledge that are most important to employers. They include: advanced computer software packages (AutoCAD, MicroStation, Civil 3D, Revit); new developments in highway design and building information modeling; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); municipal and building design; construction inspection, supervision and management; and field skills in surveying, as well as soils and materials testing.

The CVT program provides an intensive learning experience at the second and third year semesters. You’ll work independently and in teams; produce a comprehensive, professional technology report by the end of the program; and demonstrate progression towards becoming a professional engineering technologist. If you fail to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 during your first year and during each subsequent semester, you'll be transferred to the technician program. In exceptional cases, this requirement may be waived by the Promotion Committee.

Completion of EAC150 College English is necessary for promotion into the second year of the Technology program.

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:

  • Assemble, analyse, and appropriately apply civil engineering data from existing graphics, reports, and other documents.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the collection, processing, and interpretation of technical data related to civil engineering projects.
  • Communicate information effectively and accurately by analysing, 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 environmental impacts of civil engineering projects.
  • Take into account the interdependence of the architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical disciplines relating to civil engineering projects.
  • Facilitate liaison among the 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

Design and create the environment around you. As a Civil Engineering Technologist, you’ll find career opportunities in consulting engineering firms, government, private contractors, municipalities, utilities and telecommunication firms. Graduates of this diploma program are prepared for success in a wide range of employment fields including: topographic, location and construction control surveys; municipal and transportation planning and design; design drafting and estimating; structural design in steel, concrete, and wood; soils and materials testing/evaluation; concrete and asphalt quality control; and, construction supervision. Your career could include roles as a designer, supervisor, project manager, contractor or inspector on construction projects, subdivisions, and environmental protection and enhancement initiatives.

University Option

Upon graduation from the Civil Engineering Technology program, you may choose to pursue a university degree. Through a university transfer agreement, your CVT diploma can significantly reduce the time you’ll be required to spend achieving this goal.

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):

University Degree Opportunity

Civil Engineering Technology graduates with the necessary grade point average may pursue a Bachelor of Engineering with Lakehead University or a Bachelor of Environmental Studies specializing in Urban Sustainability, in partnership with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

For additional degree opportunities, please refer to the Seneca College Degree Transfer Guide.


Upper Level Entry

With existing postsecondary education in civil engineering or directly related 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.

Co-operative Education Option

Students of both the Civil Engineering Technology program and the Civil Engineering Technician program can benefit from an optional Co–operative Education program. Once you’ve completed semester one with passing grades in all courses, and have met appropriate G.P.A. requirements, you’ll be eligible to apply.

There are valuable services to facilitate placement opportunities available for students enrolling in the program. You'll gain access to them through the CPP 100 course and co–op facilities. The co–op program consists of two mandatory work-terms from MAY – AUGUST, that provide 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.


As a student in CVT, you may specialize in Building Engineering Technology or Municipal Engineering Technology through appropriate selection of elective courses in the third year.

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technician or Technologist

OACETT (The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Civil Technology program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification either in the Technician or Technologist category. Application and additional requirements (i.e. work experience and qualifying professional practice exam, etc.) to become certified are available from OACETT.

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
SVC001 Surveying I 4
STM241 Strength of Materials 5
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
GEM343 Geomechanics 5
GIS443 Geographic Information Systems (M/E) 4
Introductory Calculus
Introductory Statistics
SDS443 Structural Design - Steel 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
FDN443 Foundations 5
HDY443 Hydraulics and Hydrology 4
HWT443 Highway Technology 5
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
SRC343 Structural Design - Concrete 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BLC543 Building Code 5
BSC543 Building Science Technology 4
ETR591 Engineering Technical Report I 2
MPT543 Municipal Technology 5
PLR643 Planning 4
and one of the following specialization subjects:
BIM543 * Building Information Modeling (B) 4
CDA543 ** Civil Design Application (M) 4
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CMG543 Construction Management 4
ETR592 Engineering Technical Report II 3
XXXXXX Professional Option  
and two of the following specialization subjects:
BUD643 * Building Design (B) 5
MED643 ** Municipal/Environmental Design (M) 5
STW543 * Structural Design - Wood (B) 4
WMC643 ** Water Management Control (M) 4

* Building stream students only
** Municipal stream students only

A Transportation stream is currently under development.

Professional Options

Professional options include:

  Course Name Hrs/Wk
AMD643 Advanced Materials Design 4
CDM643 Concrete Detailing Modeling 4
RBE643 Rehabilitating the Built Environment 4
TRN643 Introduction to Transportation Planning 4

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: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
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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"The Civil Engineering Technology program at Seneca was my "stepping stone into industry". It provided a basic understanding of the needs of the construction industry and the customers we must satisfy on a daily basis."

Glenn Robillard
Graduate, Civil Engineering Technology – Building
Marketing Manager, Lafarge Canada Inc.

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