Civil Engineering Technology Diploma
The civil engineering technologist is involved in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, highways, streets, parks, subdivisions, dams, drainage and irrigation systems, water supply and sewer systems, and plants. Aspects of civil engineering and urbanization in Canada are studied throughout this program. A diverse and stimulating program, Civil Engineering Technology incorporates field trips to reinforce theoretical background, and to develop appropriate methods of approach and solution. Graduates will possess the following knowledge and skills:
- a knowledge of mathematics, applied science, surveying principles, graphical language and oral and written communication techniques;
- a grounding in applied civil engineering technology as related to highway surveying, road design and construction, municipal construction, bridge construction, municipal water and sewage works, irrigation and drainage, and heavy construction;
- skills in drafting, detailing, computing, surveying, laboratory testing (soil mechanics, concrete and asphalt paving), construction inspection, writing technical reports and correspondence, preparation of specifications and costs, basic structural design in steel, reinforced concrete, design of water distribution and sewage collection systems, heating and air conditioning and other building services, and engineering law.
Graduates of this program can seek employment in the following types of positions:
- engineering assistants in highway construction, communications and power development projects; draftsperson; estimators, detailers and assistant designers;
- technologists in concrete, asphalt and soil testing labs; construction inspectors in municipal water development and structural projects; technologists in hydrographic surveys, waste resources studies, irrigation and hydraulic laboratories;
- town works superintendents and building inspectors; concrete plant supervisors; technical sales involving building and construction materials and equipment; and
- project chiefs and instrument persons in field surveys related to pipelines, construction, mining drainage, irrigation, highways and roads, etc.
National Accreditation: The Civil Engineering Technology program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). While attending Okanagan College, students may register with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates are eligible for registration as an applied science technologist after two years of related work experience.
- B.C. secondary school graduation (or equivalent).
- English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
- Math requirement:
A minimum of 60% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 12
- Foundations of Mathematics Grade 12
- Principles of Mathematics 12
- Applications of Mathematics 12
- Adult Basic Education MATH 012
- Okanagan College MATH 120
Or a minimum of 64% in an Okanagan College Mathematics 11 Proficiency Test.
Or a minimum of 67% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 11
- Principles of Mathematics 11
- Adult Basic Education MATH 011
One of the Grade 12 mathematics courses is recommended. The mathematics requirement must be satisfied no more than seven years prior to enrolment in the program.
- The Civil Engineering Technology program stresses the use of computers in solving engineering problems. It is recommended that students entering the program have a working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and presentation tools software. An introductory course in computers or computer experience is strongly recommended.
- A minimum grade of 60% in Physics 11, or a minimum grade of 50% in Physics 12 or Applied Physics 12.
Mature Students: Applicants who do not have secondary school graduation may apply as a mature student provided they are at least 19 years of age and have not attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a year or more. Mature students must complete specific entrance requirements that apply to regular applicants.
The mathematics requirement will not be waived for mature students.
Successful completion of the prescribed courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.
Statics and Strength of Materials I
Applications for Engineering Principles
Technical Writing and Communications I
Mathematics for Civil Engineering Technology I
Co-op Education/Employment Seminar
Statics and Strength of Materials II
Software Applications for Engineering Technology
Mathematics for Civil Engineering Technology II
CIEN 101 Co-op Work Term I (May - August) 4 months
CIEN 102 Co-op Work Term II (September - December) 4 months
Highway Materials Testing II
Technical Writing and Communications II
CIEN 103 Co-op Work Term III (May - August) 4 months
Structural Design in Concrete
Computer Applications for Civil Engineering
Suggested Okanagan College Electives:
Earth and Environmental Science