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Civil Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering Technology

Help build a sustainable world and expand your knowledge of built structures – planning, designing and constructing.

Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryiIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Part time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

Civil engineering involves the planning, designing, construction and maintenance of structures and public works and altering geography to suit human needs. Civil Engineering Technologists work on various aspects of built structures, highways, marine structures, municipal infrastructure and more. This program gives you an overview of the field, in the context of environmental sustainability, so that you can develop projects that are feasible, practical and ecologically sensitive. Participating in the development or construction of a project is an empowering process, where you can see the results of your efforts.

Build your professional portfolio to show employers that you can apply engineering principles and practices to analyze and solve complex technical problems, test and analyze materials and structural elements and research and prepare graphical and other technical documents. You also gain skills and knowledge to interpret the National Building Code and other Codes, Standards and Regulations appropriate to the practice of civil engineering.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Why Take It"Good balance of math, theory and hands-on material."
  2. 2
    Highlight"Learning how municipal design works, how to design subdivisions, as well as the structural aspects of buildings."
  3. 3
    Highlight"The instructors are always available to help."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 English; Academic Grade 12 Math; and Academic Grade 12 Physics.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn practical aspects of the program through state-of-the-art laboratory and field work.
  • Small class size means you get lots of one-on-one attention from the faculty and benefit greatly from their real-world experience and advice.
  • Earn recognized credentials – This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.
  • This program can be completed on a part-time basis with flexibility to customize a class schedule that fits your needs. Most courses are offered during the day and a select few may be available online.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates have a variety of options for employment that include laboratory analysis and testing of materials used in civil engineering projects, structural design, steel detailing, municipal design, project management, technical sales, inspection of construction projects, surveying and technical writing for consultants, governmental agencies, contractors and materials suppliers.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and the number of courses you complete each term.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Online Courses – Some courses are available online.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CADD 4019   Revit Structure Level I
CETG 1001   Environmental Science & Materials
CETG 1002   Mechanics of Materials
CETG 1003   Structural Analysis
CETG 1006   Civil Engineering Materials
CETG 1008   Construction Estimating
CETG 1009   Surveying
CETG 1010   Surveying Field Work
CETG 1011   Municipal Design I
CETG 1014   Engineering Regulations
CETG 1015   Geomechanics I
CETG 1017   Technical Research Report I
CETG 1020   Construction Management I
CETG 1021   Construction Management II
CETG 1029   Civil Engineering Graphics
CETG 1039   Civil Engineering CAD
CETG 1103   Structural Design I
CETG 1105   Geographic Information Systems
CETG 1113   Structural Design II
CETG 1115   Geomechanics II
CETG 1117   Technical Research Report II
CETG 1119   Municipal Design II
CETG 3015   Work Experience
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
ENGI 1015   Engineering Problems and Statics
MATH 1032   Engineering Statistics
MATH 1055   Calculus l
MATH 1070   Applied Math for Engineering Technology
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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