The Civil Engineering Technician program is the perfect vehicle to launch a rewarding entry-level career in the civil engineering field. You will develop skills in computer assisted design and drafting (CAD), geographic information system (GIS), electronic surveying and testing construction materials. Project management and safe working principles in construction sites, in accordance with various Canadian civil engineering codes, quality control standards and regulations will also be taught. A field placement or co-operative education (co-op) work term will provide two options to gain experience in the workforce. Students can also access membership to the Toronto Construction Association.
Civil Engineering influences almost every aspect of modern human life. Much of the physical infrastructure of modern society is provided through Civil Engineering. Students in the Civil Engineering Technician diploma program will learn how to construct, maintain and recycle the structures in communities such as dams, bridges, roads, buildings, pipelines, railways and tunnels. Students will learn how to collect, process and interpret technical information to produce written and graphical project-related documentation. Program graduates assist in scheduling, cost estimation, quality control and monitoring of civil engineering projects.
Civil engineering is also responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of critical infrastructure elements which keep communities functioning, such as transport systems, wastewater treatment, gas, water and electricity supplies. Graduates of the Civil Engineering Technician program carry out technical functions related to a broad range of civil engineering fields including structural, municipal, highway and transportation engineering, water resources, geotechnical engineering, environmental protection and infrastructure rehabilitation.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Develop and use strategies to enhance professional growth and ongoing learning in the civil engineering field.
- Comply with workplace health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
- 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.
- Carry out sustainable practices in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements.
- Collaborate with the project team and communicate effectively with project stakeholders to support civil engineering projects.
- Collect, process and interpret technical data to produce written and graphical project-related documents.
- Use industry-specific electronic and digital technologies to support civil engineering projects.
- 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.
- Assist in the scheduling, cost estimation and monitoring of the progression of civil engineering projects by applying principles of construction project management.
- Perform quality control testing and the monitoring of equipment, materials and methods involved in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects.
- Apply teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills when working individually or within multidisciplinary teams to complete civil engineering projects.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
- Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
- Senior-level technological design course
- Grade 12 technical mathematics
- Grade 12 physics
WHAT YOU COULD BE
- Computer-aided design (CAD) operator
- Construction technician
- Environmental engineering technician
- Field technician
- Geotechnical engineering technician
- GIS technician
- Materials and testing technician
- Municipal engineering technician
- Pipe layer
- Shop technician
- Site engineering technician
- Surveying assistant
- Junior inspector and estimator
- Structural engineering technician
- Transportation engineering technician
- Water resources engineering technician
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
- Civil construction and surveying firms
- Engineering consulting
- Quality control facilities
- Environmental engineering
- Facilities management
- General contracting
- Highways and transportation
- Municipal government engineering or operations departments
- Power plants
- Water and sewerage consulting
Co-operative education (co-op)
The best way to succeed in your field is to immerse yourself in it! Co-op is an excellent way to build your professional network, explore career paths and apply in-class teachings to real work situations. Co-op is a model of education that integrates academic learning with workplace learning in fields relevant to our students’ academic and personal goals.
Students in the Civil Engineering Technician Diploma program will be invited to apply to the co-op option during their first academic semester. Entrance to the co-op option is limited and the processes for securing a work term are competitive. Students who qualify for co-op will be eligible to complete a four-month, paid work term between the second and third semesters of their program.
Supports are available through the Experiential Learning office to assist students with securing their work terms. In addition, the Experiential Learning office is in contact with co-op students and their employers during the work terms to help with any questions. Upon completing the work term, co-op students return to campus to complete their final two academic semesters of the program before graduating.