Civil Engineering Technology

Also available as:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Fall 2022
  • Alternate Delivery
Application Deadline

Applications received prior to March 31 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered if spots are available. All documents must be received by April 30.

  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Earn a career as a Civil Engineering Technologist with this 2-year program. As a civil Engineering Technologist, you will be involved in planning, design and construction of roads, bridges, subdivisions, buildings, municipal services, and heavy infrastructure.

Civil Engineering Technologists work in a variety of environments including construction, forestry, mining, oil and gas, and transportation. They are an essential member of the engineering team who split their time between office and field work, and, when on-site, may work in urban, rural, and remote settings.


Upon completion of the Civil Engineering Technology program, you will be qualified for careers in government departments, consulting firms and construction companies in the following positions:

  • Designers
  • Estimators
  • Testers
  • Surveyors
  • Inspectors
  • Supervisors
  • technical writers
  • project managers

In northern BC, there is high demand from industry for Civil Engineering Technologists. Additionally, graduates may continue their education and complete a bridging program that leads to a university degree in engineering.

What You Will Learn

In the 2-year Civil Engineering Technology diploma program, students will learn relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to support their work within the broad field of Civil Engineering. Courses will be delivered with components of face-to-face classroom instruction, computer-aided design and modelling, field surveying, and experimental laboratory testing. Students will develop an understanding of the engineering principles used to perform structural, hydraulic, municipal, transportation, and construction materials design. Effective technical communication and project management skills will be emphasized throughout the program. Students can expect to spend an average of 31 hours per week in class and labs, with additional time spent studying, completing assignments, and doing research. CNC’s Civil Engineering Technology program explores the effects of northern, rural, and remote environments on Civil Engineering projects, with consideration of Indigenous perspectives.

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Civil Engineering Technology Courses

In this 2-year program, you’ll learn the skills required to become a Civil Engineering Technologist. In your career, you will be part of an engineering team that plans, surveys, designs, inspects, and troubleshoots a wide range of engineering projects. You can work in a variety of industries including construction, forestry, mining, oil and gas, and transportation. As a technologist, you may split your time between office and field work. In the field, Civil Engineering Technologists work outdoors in urban, rural and remote settings. Some program graduates continue their education and complete a bridging program to complete a university degree in Engineering.

Civil Engineering Technology Semester 1

CIVE-100 Introduction to Civil Engineering Technology 2 15 weeks
CIVE-110 Statics 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-120 Digital Design and Drafting I 2 15 weeks
 CIVE-130 Applied Hydrology 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-140 Construction Materials I 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-150 Surveying I 3 15 weeks 
 ENGL-113 Writing and Communication 15 weeks
 MATH-180  Mathematics for Civil Engineering Technology I  3 15 weeks

Civil Engineering Technology Semester 2

CIVE-105 Professionalism in the Workplace 2 15 weeks
CIVE-115 Mechanics of Materials 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-125 Digital Design and Drafting II 2 15 weeks
 CIVE-135 Hydraulics 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-145 Construction Materials II 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-155 Surveying II 3 15 weeks 
 MATH-185 Mathematics for Civil Engineering Technology II 3 15 weeks

Civil Engineering Technology Semester 3

CIVE-200 Socio-Environmental Factors in Engineering 3 15 weeks
CIVE-210 Structural Design I 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-220 Software Applications for Civil Engineering Technology 2 15 weeks
 CIVE-240 Road Design 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-250 Municipal Design I
3 15 weeks
 CIVE-260 Traffic Planning 2 15 weeks 
 CIVE-270 Project and Construction Management I 15 weeks
 ENGL-229  Professional Business and Technical Communication 3 15 weeks

Civil Engineering Technology Semester 4

CIVE-215 Structural Design II 3

15 weeks

CIVE-235 Water and Waste Management 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-245 Land Development 2 15 weeks
 CIVE-255 Municipal Design II 3 15 weeks
 CIVE-275 Project and Construction Management II
3 15 weeks
 CIVE-295 Industry Project 15 weeks
 ENGL-252  Technical Writing and Communication 3 15 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Fall 2022 Prince George In Class 2 years

Entry Requirements*

  • High school graduation, or equivalent
  • English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENGL 050 or 051, or equivalent** (minimum “C”)
  • Foundations of Mathematics 12, MATH 050, or equivalent (minimum ”C+”)
  • Physics 11 or PHYS 045 (minimum “B”) or Physics 12 or PHYS 050 (minimum C) or equivalent

  • Chemistry 11, CHEM 045, or equivalent (minimum “C”)

  • Chemistry 12 may be required for transfer to an engineering degree program.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

*Note: It is highly recommended that required admissions courses be completed within the past five years. If more than five years has elapsed, upgrading the required subjects is suggested. This is due to the heavy emphasis on math and physics in the CNC Civil Engineering Technology Program curriculum.

ESL Requirements

Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the English requirements and provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the following:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of 80 with no section below 19, within the last two years; or
  1. International English Language Testing System- Academic (IELTS Academic) score of 6.5 overall with no band below 6.0, taken within the last two years; or
  1. Successful completion of six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies (minimum “C” grade) at a recognized college or university in an English-speaking county within the last two years.

Bring Your Own Device

Civil Engineering Technology at CNC is a bring your own device (BYOD) program. The course content contains a substantial amount of computer-aided design (CAD), which will be performed both in-class and at home.  Your device will be used to access a virtual desktop, where you will find the CNC-provided software for your course.

This is a new initiative at CNC and to help ensure a successful experience, we recommend the following minimum device requirements:

Minimum requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 or macOS 10.12 to 10.14
  • 2 GB memory
  • 14” screen or larger recommended
  • Minimum resolution of 1280x1024
  • Wireless standard 802.11n or Wireless 802.11ac (a wired connection is also recommended if available, but not necessary)
  • Integrated keyboard
  • Current Chrome/Safari/Firefox installed web browser
  • Power cord for recharging
  • Recommended: 2-hour or greater battery life (some classrooms have limited access to power receptacles)

The device requirements listed above are the minimum to effectively run networked versions of the technical software (for example, AutoCAD). If a standalone version of any software is desired, then a device that exceeds the minimum requirement may be needed.

Limited admission

A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

Selection Process

If there is room in the program, you will be accepted once you have met all the admission requirements. This is called “first qualified, first accepted.” If you qualify after the program is full, you will be put on a wait list.

Invest in your future

Check the fee schedule for the most updated information.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how. 

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities board


Higher salaries than the average wage in BC
Engineering and tech-related careers are the stable, well-paying jobs of the 21st century.
Study Local
With one of the first engineering technology programs in Northern BC
Use applied theory, leading-edge technology, and hands-on learning in CNC's brand-new lab!
Enjoy variety
in a diverse and multi-faceted career
you will be part of the planning, designing, surveying, and managing of a wide range of engineering projects in the field and from the office.