Civil Engineering Technology
|Duration:||6 Semesters (3 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Advanced Diploma|
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 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 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.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics*: MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over) or Grade 12 (U) Mathematics, MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions) or MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
- Or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading)
- Applicant grades in pre–requisite courses (or their equivalents) may be used as a basis for the selection of candidates.
* Seneca may also consider applicants with good grades in MAP4(C) (80% or over recommended) or MCR3(U) (70% or over). Students with grades lower than these recommended benchmarks and who test below the appropriate level in the skills assessment can expect to be placed into a preparatory mathematics course or will be counselled to enroll in the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals Certificate Program.
Note: All applicants who are offered admission to programs in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology will have an English and Mathematics skills assessment. The assessments are used for academic placement in English and Mathematics courses that are appropriate to the student’s skill level. In the event a preparatory course is required before enrolling in the standard first semester English or Mathematics, students will automatically be timetabled into the appropriate preparatory course.
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.
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.
If you have existing post–secondary education in Civil Engineering, or a directly related Technology discipline, you can apply for direct entry. If you qualify, you may be given direct entry into the second year of this program. The granting of credits beyond semester two is possible in exceptional cases. Direct entry may, at the discretion of the department, be offered to partially qualified candidates, in conjunction with requirements to complete additional courses from semester one or two.
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):
|York University||• Bachelor in Environmental Studies|
|Lakehead University||• Bachelor of Engineering|
|Laurentian University||• Bachelor of Science in Liberal Science|
|McMaster University||• Bachelor of Technology, Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology|
|University of Ontario Institute of Technology||• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power - Bridge|
|Western University||• Bachelor of Engineering Science|
|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 or Petroleum majors|
• Bachelor of Technology – Emergency Management
• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Petroleum
|University at Buffalo||• Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering|
|Griffith University||• Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)|
|Queensland University of Technology||• Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) |
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.
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.
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EBE141||Introduction to Engineering Principles and Practices||2|
|ENS141||Engineering Problems and Statics||5|
|HSP141||Health and Safety Practices||1|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|CRX341||Civil CAD Drafting II||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|
|GIS443||Geographic Information Systems (M/E)||4|
|SDS443||Structural Design - Steel||5|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|CPP200||Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)||1|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|HDY443||Hydraulics and Hydrology||4|
|SES394||Effective Technical Writing||3|
|SRC343||Structural Design - Concrete||5|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|XXXXXX||Co-op Work Term (vo-op option only)|
|Semester 5||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BSC543||Building Science Technology||4|
|ETR591||Engineering Technical Report I||2|
|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|
|ETR592||Engineering Technical Report II||3|
|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||4|
* Building stream students only
** Municipal stream students only
A Transportation stream is currently under development.
Professional options include:
|AMD643||Advanced Materials Design||4|
|CDM643||Concrete Detailing Modeling||4|
|RBE643||Rehabilitating the Built Environment||4|
|TRN643||Introduction to Transportation Planning||4|
|For more information, call the Centre for the Built Environment at: 1-800-572-0712,
or visit our website at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/civil.
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Kelly Winger
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22036
|International Admissions Advisor:||Aakashni Ram
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22085
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
|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:||Nahgeib Miller
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26040
"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."
Graduate, Civil Engineering Technology – Building
Marketing Manager, Lafarge Canada Inc.