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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 Colleges and Universities.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. develop and use strategies to enhance professional growth and ongoing learning in the civil engineering field.
  2. comply with workplace health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  3. 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.
  4. carry out sustainable practices* in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements.
  5. collaborate with the project team and communicate effectively with project stakeholders* to support civil engineering projects*.
  6. collect, process and interpret technical data to produce written and graphical project-related documents.
  7. use industry-specific electronic and digital technologies to support civil engineering projects*.
  8. participate in the design and modelling phase of civil engineering projects* by applying engineering concepts, basic technical mathematics* and principles of science to the review and production of project plans. 
  9. assist in the scheduling, cost estimation and monitoring of the progression of civil engineering projects* by applying principles of construction project management.
  10. perform quality control* testing and the monitoring of equipment, materials and methods involved in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects*.
  11. apply teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills when working individually or within multidisciplinary teams to complete civil engineering projects*.

*See Glossary


The learning outcomes have been numbered as a point of reference; numbering does not imply prioritization, sequencing, nor weighting of significance.


Basic technical mathematics

The application of foundational mathematics to solve civil engineering problems. Basic technical math includes models, geometry, trigonometry, vectors, elementary algebraic equations, descriptive statistical methods and mathematical reasoning using appropriate checks and balances (adapted from National Technology Benchmarks, 2014). 

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).