Civil Engineering Technology involves the 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.
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.
Civil Engineering Technology graduates will be qualified for careers in government departments, consulting firms and construction companies in positions such as designers, estimators, testers, surveyors, inspectors, supervisors, technical writers, and 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.
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Chemistry 12 may be required for transfer to an engineering degree program.
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*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.
**Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must provide proof of English language proficiency prior to admission. In addition to having English 12 (or equivalent), accepted evidence of English language proficiency may be any one of the following:
Other standardized English examinations at a comparable level of proficiency will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If upon arrival, it is determined that an applicant does not have the necessary language skills to succeed in the program, they may be required to upgrade their English Language proficiency skills or will be asked to withdraw.
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:
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.
In the event of over subscription to the program, applicants who meet the admission requirements will be reviewed through the Selection Criteria listed below. Successful completion of program requirements does not guarantee students a seat in the program.
The cumulative grade point average of the required English, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry courses (minimum GPA of 2.00 with a “C” or better in each) contributes its actual points, i.e. a GPA of 3.7 contributes 3.7 points
Maximum of 4.33
30 course credits or more at the post-secondary level in which the language of instruction was English and with an overall GPA of 2.50 contributes 2.00 points
Maximum of 2.00
2 references (any combination of the following will be accepted: employment, professional or academic)
Maximum of 1.00
Residency in the two years prior to the date of application contributes a maximum of 2.00 points (proof may be required):
• BC/Yukon/NWT resident (1.00 point)
• Northern BC resident (2.00 points)
Educational or work experience in a related field (6 months minimum required)
Completion of the Civil Engineering Technology Applicant Questionnaire
Total Possible Score
Students who meet the admission requirements but are not offered a seat will be waitlisted for the program year in which they apply only.
Note: Self-identified Canadian Aboriginal applicants who meet the admission requirement by the priority deadline will be given priority for 2 seats. An additional 4 seats will be reserved for students who completed the Access Pre Civil Engineering Technology Program and meet the minimum admission requirements. If there are more qualified applicants at the priority deadline, these qualified applicants will be ranked accordingly.
The estimated cost for this program is $11,260*.
* Estimated cost does not include required materials (for example, laptop and textbooks), and may be subject to change.