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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.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-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.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Part time • In-class Seats available


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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math and Physics.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Work experience is a mandatory course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you're 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.

Career options

  • 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.

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.
  • 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

Other info

  • Some courses are available online.
  • 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

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