Civil Engineering Technician in a plaid shirt, safety vest and hard hat using a handheld transceiver and surveyor equipment
Program code CVET
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Program Delivery Full-time +
Program delivery method(s) In person What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

In this program you prepare to work with engineers and construction project managers as part of a team constructing roads, bridges, sewers, water mains, and other infrastructure. You 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.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

What are the admission requirements for the Civil Engineering Technician program?

Civil Engineering Technician admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Mathematics (C, M, or U) or 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 for Prior Learning website for details:

Additional information

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.

A windows compatible laptop is strongly recommended for at home use/practice of software. Most program softwares have educational versions available for home use. 

Appropriate field wear is required including a high visibility vest and steel toed boots (must have CSA green triangle). 

What career paths can I take as a civil engineering technician?

Your Civil Engineering Technician diploma gives you many 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 computer-aided design (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.


Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada)

This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly 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.

CEWIL Canada Accredited Program

Industry support

City of Barrie

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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Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro plays an important role in Ontario’s electricity sector, servicing approximately 785,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Canada’s largest city. The company has 1,270 employees and is dedicated to investing in its people and in the future by giving back to the community.

Partnering with Georgian since 2012, Toronto Hydro proudly supports enhancements to the student learning environment through funding for new state-of-the-art equipment. A proud co-op employer, the company has offered co-op work terms to more than 171 Georgian students since 2017, often leading to full-time employment after graduation.

Toronto Hydro offers a suite of 10 awards to support Georgian students with achieving their educational goals, as well as expanded opportunities around corporate training, research, and employee engagement.

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Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

The program prepares you for the educational portion of becoming a Certified Technician (C. Tech). This is a designation through OACETT, the governing body for engineering technicians and technologists in Ontario.

To learn more, visit the OACETT website.

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) logo

Flex MORE. Study Civil Engineering Technician part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

  • Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go!
  • MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.

What courses are included in the Civil Engineering Technician diploma program?

Course overview

20 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Civil Engineering Technician program outline.

  • CIVL 1002 – Physics for Civil Engineering
  • COMP 1119 – Introduction to 2D CAD for Civil Engineering
  • CONS 1003 – Construction Practices
  • MATH 1046 – Extended Math for Construction
  • SURV 1001 – Civil / Construction Surveying
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

Your course delivery method(s)

In person

This program is delivered fully in person and requires you to attend campus.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The Civil Engineering Technology program and Civil Engineering Technician program look very similar. Can I change programs once enrolled?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, the Civil Engineering Technician (CVET) program is the first two years of the Civil Engineering Technology (CVTY) program. You can transfer from one program to the other and are encouraged to discuss academic planning with your program co-ordinator.

If you would like to transfer from the two-year CVET program to the three-year CVTY program, you are encouraged to do so prior to the end of semester three in order to stay in sequence for co-op work terms.

To help you decide which program is right for you, review our CVET and CVTY program fit resource.

What types of co-op work terms do students complete in this program?Georgian College Chevron

The Civil Engineering Technician program includes one co-op work term. The Civil Engineering Technology program includes three co-op work terms.

Co-op consultants for these programs work with industry representatives to secure a variety of civil engineering positions.

Positions are mainly located in Simcoe County and surrounding regions, though Georgian students have worked across Canada.

Many opportunities are available with:

  • municipalities (e.g. inspections, right-of-way permits, design)
  • consultants e.g. (e.g. inspections, design work, project managers)
  • labs (e.g. concrete, asphalt, soil testing)
  • contractors (e.g. estimating, inspections, site work)
Do I have to find my own co-op placement?Georgian College Chevron

A co-op preparation course is offered to all of our first-year students in co-op programs in order to prepare them for the co-op process and to provide them with information and resources needed to be successful.

Co-op in college is a competitive process, meaning you are not assigned to an employer. Students actively participate in the whole job search process in order to find a co-op position while being supported by co-op consultants at Georgian. This is done through co-op job postings, which you can apply to through the college database, or opportunities you find through your own independent efforts. Typically, we have more postings for co-ops than we have students.

Can I further my studies and earn a degree once I complete this program?Georgian College Chevron

The Civil Engineering Technology program has a pathway to the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) degree program at Lakehead University, as well as several other articulations with various institutions.

The type of degree and curriculum focus varies by offering institution. You are encouraged to review options based on your interests.

Check out the available articulations, and contact your program co-ordinator with specific questions.

Why is a full driver’s licence recommended for this program?Georgian College Chevron

Many co-op work terms and graduate employment opportunities require a valid driver’s licence as part of the position requirements. The reason for this is that often, with civil engineering work, you must drive to a construction site which is not on a public transportation route.

We recommend that you have your full G licence by the end of semester two.

What computer is recommended for this program?Georgian College Chevron

The software used in this program (e.g. AutoCAD, Civil3D, ArcGIS) works best on a PC laptop. We recommend your laptop meet the following requirements:


  • 16GB recommended for running Civil 3D

GIS/CAD requirements:

  • Processor: i5 or equivalent minimum; i7 or equivalent recommended
  • RAM: minimum 8GB
  • SSD or hard drive or combination: minimum 1TB
  • Video graphics card: 2GB of video RAM
  • External monitor port required
  • Full USB 3 port or faster
  • Windows 10
  • Wireless
  • Mac OS is not compatible

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