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Civil Engineering Technician

Civil Engineering Technician

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:CVL
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
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.

Transfer Option

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 Strength of Materials).

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

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 Co-op Professional Practice and co–op facilities.

The co–op program consists of one work– term from May to 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.

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.

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• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of New Brunswick• Bachelor of Applied Management (General Business)

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
STM241 Strength of Materials 5
SVC001 Surveying I 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
Co-op Work Term
CWT100 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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
CAD Fundamentals
College English
Introduction to Engineering Principles and Practices
Engineering Problems and Statics
Environmental Science
Mathematics 111*
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 Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 3
Highway Practices
Steel Building Practices
Surveying II
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Semester 4
Building Inspection
Concrete Building Practices
Construction Techniques
Municipal Practices
Technical Communications
Wood Building Practices
General Education Option

* Based on the outcome of the Skills Assessment Test, students may be placed in a different mathematics course.

Contact Us

Centre for the Built Environment:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Julie Leong
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinators:
  Ida Ensafi
(416) 491-5050 Ext. TBA
  Jonathan Hunt
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22416
Co-op Coordinator: Ian MacLeod
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Miguel Lameiro
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22737

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