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Civil Engineering Technician

Program Learning Outcomes

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • 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 monitor that work is performed in compliance with contractual obligations, applicable laws, standards, bylaws, codes and ethical practices in the civil engineering field.
  • Promote and carry out sustainable practices* in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements.
  • Facilitate the collaboration and interaction among the project team and project stakeholders* to support civil engineering projects*.
  • Collect, process, analyze and coordinate 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, technical mathematics* and principles of science to the review, production and/or modification of project plans.
  • Contribute to the scheduling and coordination and cost estimation of civil engineering projects* and monitor their progression by applying principles of construction project management.
  • Coordinate and perform quality control* testing and evaluate equipment, materials and methods used in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects*.
  • Apply teamwork, leadership, supervision and interpersonal skills when working individually or within multidisciplinary teams to complete civil engineering projects*.

*See Glossary


civil engineering projects - The product of the practical application of applied sciences, math and technology and the technical tasks required to plan, design and construct structures and infrastructures primarily for transportation systems, municipal water and wastewater systems, storm water management systems and other related infrastructure development and rehabilitation/renewal activities.
project stakeholders – Any group or individual who has a vested interest in the project including the clients, architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, sub-contractors, tradespersons, suppliers, management team, government authorities, building operators, building users and the public.

quality control – The control and improvement of civil engineering projects by sampling, testing, calibrating, monitoring, correcting and enhancing performance. Quality control is based on the potential, specifications and limitations of materials, equipment, methods, human resources and environmental benefit/deficit.

sustainability practices – The decisions and activities that apply the concepts of environmental, economic and social sustainability and lifecycle assessment into the planning, design, operation and evaluation of civil engineering projects (adapted from The Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, “Entrusted to Our Care” Guidelines for Sustainable Development, 2007).

technical mathematics - The application of mathematic concepts to solve civil engineering problems. Technical mathematics includes algebra, trigonometry, plane and analytical geometry, vectors, matrix, calculus, discrete math and statistics (adapted from National Technology Benchmarks, 2014).

Civil Engineering Technician Program Standard