Civil Engineering Technician
Learn to work with engineers and construction project managers to build roads, bridges, sewers, water mains and other infrastructure.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters, plus 1 work term (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Work integrated learning
1 Co-op Work Term

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

Students in this program prepare to work with engineers and construction project managers as part of a team constructing roads, bridges, sewers, water mains, and other infrastructure. Students determine data for cost estimation, perform materials testing, and assist in the administration of projects in the field. Teamwork and project-based learning are emphasized.

This program is common with the first four semesters of the Civil Engineering Technology program, and graduates may choose to continue into the third year of that program.

Industry support

The Civil Engineering Technician program at Georgian College has developed a strong connection with the City of Barrie over a number of years. Together with the college and others, the City has advised on the creation of new curriculum and continued improvement of existing program outcomes that meet the needs in both the public and private sectors of civil engineering.

With this partnership, the City of Barrie offers many co-operative work terms to our civil students, helping them to develop in their profession. The City of Barrie is a valuable contributor and partner in helping to prepare our students to gain full-time employment upon graduation.

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This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian's commitment to quality in co-op education.

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Career opportunities

Graduates may find work in the private sector assisting quantity surveyors (estimators), purchasers, site supervisors or project managers, drafters or detailers, using the latest in (CAD) technology. They may also find employment as assistants in engineering or construction offices. Public sector employment in a variety of government agencies, including municipal building inspection/code enforcement are employment options for graduates. A technician graduate would work with engineering and technologists in the gathering of data and information.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Admission details

Applicants are strongly recommended to have a minimum of their G2 license by the end of their 2nd semester for successful co-op placement.

A basic understanding of computer use for Word documents, emails, and accessing the internet is expected.


Program-specific Courses

  • CIVL 1002 - Physics for Civil Engineering
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 1056 - Civil Engineering Graphics
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • CONS 1003 - Construction Practices
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MATH 1028 - Mathematics for Constructions
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • SURV 1001 - Civil / Construction Surveying
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • CIVL 1001 - Quantity Estimation and Drawing Review
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 1057 - CAD / Civil Construction
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • CONS 1004 - Construction Practices and Design: Material Testing
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 2003 - Statics
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SURV 1003 - Civil/Construction Surveying 2
    (Semester 2 / 21 hours)
  • CONS 2000 - Construction Practices: Methods
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • CONS 2003 - Construction Practices and Design: Municipal and Provincial Codes and Standards
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • MENG 2007 - Strength of Materials
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • MGMT 2002 - Project Management
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • SURV 2003 - Introduction to GIS and Geospatial Technology
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • CIVL 2001 - Geotechnical Analysis and Geosynthetics
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CIVL 2002 - Stormwater Management / Best Management Practices
    (Semester 4 / 21 hours)
  • COMP 2124 - Introduction to 3D Drafting
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CONS 2001 - Construction Practices: Building Systems
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CONS 2004 - Construction Practices: Highways
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CONS 2008 - Site Development
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • COOP 1028 - Civil Engineering Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2)
    (560 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)