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  • Civil Engineering Technology

    Civil Engineering Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CVT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Build your future as you build the world.

Our renowned Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) 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.

This program provides an intensive learning experience at the second and third year levels. 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 GPA 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.

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).



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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.

Transfer Pathways

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/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Bachelor in Environmental Studies


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Lakehead University• Bachelor of Engineering
Laurentian University• Bachelor of Science in Liberal Science
McMaster University• Bachelor of Technology, Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology – Engineering Technology Stream
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power – Bridge


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma)
Camosun College• Bridge Program to University of British Columbia (Civil Engineering)
Cape Breton University• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Environmental Studies
• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Petroleum


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)

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 subjects and have met appropriate GPA 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 Co-op Professional Practice and co–op facilities. The co–op program consists of two mandatory work–terms from May to 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.

Professional Certification

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes the Civil Engineering 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.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
CAD Fundamentals
College English
Introduction to Engineering Principles and Practices
Engineering Problems and Statics
Environmental Science
Health and Safety Practices
Semester 2
Civil CAD Drafting II
Mathematics II
Strength of Materials
Surveying I
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)
Co-op Work-Term (co-op opton only)
Semester 3
Geographic Information Systems
Structural Design - Steel
Surveying II
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Introductory Calculus
Introductory Statistics
Semester 4
Hydraulics and Hydrology
Highway Technology
Effective Technical Writing
Structural Design - Concrete
General Education Option
Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)


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

Semester 5
Building Code
Building Science Technology
Engineering Technical Report I
Municipal Technology
and ONE of the following
Building Information Modeling*
Civil Design Application**
Semester 6
Construction Management
Engineering Technical Report II
Professional Option
and TWO of the following
Building Design*
Structural Design*
Municipal/Environmental Design**
Water Management Control**

* Building stream students only
** Municipal stream students only

Note: A Transportation stream is currently under development.

Professional Options

Professional options include:
Advanced Materials Design
Concrete Detailing Modeling
Rehabilitating the Built Environment
Introduction to Transportation Planning

Note: Course availability subject to enrollment and market need.

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 Coordinators:
  Ida Ensafi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. TBA
  Jonathan Hunt
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22416
Co-op Coordinator: Ian MacLeod
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Miguel Lameiro
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22737
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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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