Civil Engineering Technology | St. Clair College
Program Code: T154
Status: Open
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Starts: September, January
Contact:
George Vrantsidis
519-972-2727 ext. 4427

Program Overview

Civil Engineering Technologists, as members of the engineering design team, may be involved in various phases of a construction project, including the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sewers, and water distribution systems. Technologists can prepare CAD drawings and bids, collect and compile data, perform survey work, and participate in the inspection and quality control processes. This program will appeal to those with an aptitude for assembly, who are analytical, enjoy problem-solving, and are strong in math.

Program Highlights

  • Over $300,000 invested in new equipment for Surveying and Material Testing classes.
  • Students receive a solid foundation in core civil engineering subjects with a balance of theory and practical knowledge.
  • Recognized by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), allowing certification and increased employability in both Canada and the US.
  • Graduates seeking to further their education and attain the P.Eng designation, have the option of pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree at the University of Windsor, Lakehead University (Thunder Bay), Lawrence Technological University (Southfield Michigan), IT Carlow (Ireland).
  • Common first-year classes between Construction Engineering Technician and Architectural Technology allows for easy transfer between the three programs.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition and Habitat for Humanity build projects.

Career Opportunities

Civil Engineering Technologists can choose to work on either side of the job site. Opportunities exist with architects, consulting engineers, material testing firms, general and sub-contractors, Municipal Public Works or the Ministry of Transportation. Typical entry positions include civil engineering technologist, draftsperson/CAD operator, estimator, inspector, and field supervisor. Those completing the program will also have the knowledge and ability to start their own construction business after a few years of practical experience.

Degree Completions

Graduates of this program can further their education achieving a Bachelor of Engineering Technology from the University of Windsor, Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) or Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI).

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U).

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
CVL104
Drafting And Design I
3
AEC102
Construction Theory
3
AEC103
Building Services I
3
AEC104
Building CAD I
3
AEC115
Surveying
3
ENG212LS
Communications I
2
MTH128
Technical Mathematics I
5
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
CVL204
Drafting And Design II
3
AEC202
Estimating & Specifications
3
AEC204
Building CAD II
3
AEC211
Construction Applications
3
AEC239
Ontario Building Code I
3
MTH203
Differential Calculus
3
AEC205
Statics And Strength Of Materials
4
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
CVL303B
Structural Steel Design
3
CVL304B
Drafting & Design
3
CVL305A
Estimating And Specifications
3
CVL306A
CIVIL - CAD
3
CVL301G
Coping With Disasters
3
CVL315
Surveying II
3
MTH404
Integral Calculus
3
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
CVL410A
Reinforced Concrete & Masonry Design
3
CVL404A
Material Testing
3
CVL405B
Computer Applications
3
CVL409
Soil Mechanics Introduction
3
CVL412
Construction Management
3
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
CVL504B
Applied Hydraulics
3
CVL505A
Introduction To Gis
3
CVL506B
Structural Wood Design
3
CVL518
Transportation Engineering Technology
4
CVL509
Soil Mechanics & Foundations
3
CVL514
Environmental Assessment
3
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
CVL602B
Structural Analysis & Design
3
CVL615
Advanced Surveying
3
CVL605C
Technical Report
2
CVL607
Environmental Technology
3
CVL608
CIVIL Estimating
3
ARC339B
Ontario Building Code-Large Buildings
2

Past Cohorts:

SEMESTER 1
Code Title Credits
ARC101B Drafting and Design 1 4
ARC101B Drafting and Design 1 4
ARC103B Building Services 1 3
ARC125 Building CAD 1 2
CVL105 Surveying 3
ENG212LS Communications 1 2
MTH143 Mathematics I 3
SEMESTER 2
Code Title Credits
ARC209 Drafting & Design 2 4
ARC202B Estimating & Specificaitons 3
ARC204 Building CAD 2 3
ARC211 Construction Applications 3
ARC239 Ontario Building Code 1 3
MTH243 Mathematics II 3
CVL205B Statics 4
SEMESTER 3
Code Title Credits
CVL303B Structural Steel Design 3
CVL304B Drafting and Design 3
CVL305A Estimating and Specifications 3
CVL306A Civil CAD 3
CVL301G Coping with Disasters 3
MTH203 Calculus I 3
ELEC1030 Open Elective 3
SEMESTER 4
Code Title Credits
CVL410A Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Design 3
CVL404A Material Testing 3
CVL405B Computer Applications 3
CVL409 Soil Mecchanics - Intro 3
CVL412 Construction Management 3
MTH404 Calculus II 3
ELEC1030 Open Elective 3
SEMESTER 5
Code Title Credits
CVL504B Applied Hydraulics 3
CVL505A Introductions to GIS 3
CVL506B Structural Wood Design 3
CVL508A Transportation Engineering Technology 3
CVL509 Soil Mechanics & Foundations 3
CVL514 Environmental Assessment 3
SEMESTER 6
Code Title Credits
CVL602B Structural Analysis and Design 3
CVL604B Advanced Surveying 4
CVL605C Technical Report 2
CVL607 Environmental Technology 3
CVL608 Civil Estimating 3
ARC339B Ontario Building Code - Large Buildings 2

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2020-2021 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Civil Engineering Technology Program (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 61003)

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

Graduate Testimonials

Civil Engineering Technology graduate, Mike McClellan (Alumni 1996), benefitted immensely from his time at St. Clair College. After graduating from the Civil program, he was lucky enough to be available when Alberici Constructors Ltd. called the College looking for recent graduates. They are a large international construction company with offices around the world, including its head office in Burlington, Ontario. Mike was recommended by one of his faculty, he went for the interview and was hired the next day.

He started as a Project Coordinator, and then quickly became Project Manager, and then Regional Manager of Windsor in a short period of time. “I worked hard and the company recognized that,” says McClellan. “My education at St. Clair provided a wonderful foundation to enter this industry. The program taught a little bit about everything which is great for career advancement.” His career path within the company took him into a Project Manager's position on some big work in Toronto, then Director of Operations - Industrial, then to his current role as Construction Manager in New Orleans.

In this capacity, he is responsible for all field operations on the project. He manages five superintendents reporting to him with about 300 workers reporting to them through foremen. His responsibilities include safety, costing, scheduling and quality of all field work. When asked what advice he would give students interested in the program, he replied, “Do everything they can to be leaders. In today's workforce, most people do not want to take responsibility. Companies quickly recognize the work of those who are self starters. Civil is very broad based. General contracting, surveying and inspection and testing are careers the program prepares people for.”