The Civil Engineering Technology advanced diploma program is a three-year co-op program that focuses on the design and construction of various types of Civil Engineering projects such as buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels, heavy industrial, rail and transit, storm, sanitary and water systems. Students learn the theoretical aspects of various construction technologies in the lecture classes and then work hands-on with actual project drawing sets in the labs. This program also teaches BIM (Building Information Modelling) as well as CIM (Civil Information Modelling) through the use of the latest industry-standard software.


Program name
Civil Engineering Technology
Experiential learning
Available in Year 3 through a Divisional Select process
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

Civil Engineering Technology is a three-year co-op program that focuses on the design and construction of various types of Civil Engineering projects such as buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels, heavy industrial, rail and transit, storm, sanitary and water systems. The program covers areas that include:

  • Designing reinforced concrete structures, storm, water and sanitary systems, roads and steel-framed structures.
  • Interpreting construction drawings and specifications for various types of projects through extensive practical training from project drawing sets.
  • Estimating, bidding, scheduling and managing/supervising projects using the latest software.
  • Health and safety, site management and quality management on construction sites.
  • Risk analysis and value analysis for construction projects.
  • Types of contracts used by the construction industry as well as the legal aspects of construction.
  • Business management techniques to pre-qualify projects based on expected returns, to create and manage a construction company and to understand the financial statements involved in running a construction business.

*If you enrol in the program in January, you are required to complete semester 2 in the summer (May to August) of the same year in order to continue into semester 3 in the fall.

Experiential Learning

Available in Year 3 through a Divisional Select process

Your Field Study options

Purpose and Definition of Field Experience

Field experience combines classroom learning with hands-on work experience structured to meet specific curricular outcomes. This approach to education relies upon a three-way partnership: the student, the institution and industry. Success depends upon the co-operative efforts of each party. It forms the basis for students’ experiential learning which is achieved when the cycle of experience, reflection and learning is completed. It is a mandatory component of the T164 Civil Engineering Technology program. Field experience positions can be paid or unpaid. Both fulfill the academic requirement as well as strengthen students’ resumes, positioning them more effectively for future employment.

The field experience requires students to accumulate 100 hours of construction industry-related experience over the course of their third and fourth semesters. The field experience is facilitated through the Angelo DelZotto (ADZ) School of Construction Management, via collaborative efforts from the academic supervisors, program coordinators and the Chair.

The program offers a co-op in the fifth semester. Entry to the co-op stream is competitive and is based on GPA and an interview process.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop and use strategies to enhance professional growth and ongoing learning in the civil engineering field.
  2. Comply with workplace health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  3. Complete duties and monitor that work is performed in compliance with contractual obligations, applicable laws, standards, bylaws, codes and ethical practices in the civil engineering field.
  4. Promote and carry out sustainable practices in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements.
  5. Facilitate collaboration and interaction among the project team and project stakeholders to support civil engineering projects.
  6. Collect, process, analyze and coordinate technical data to produce written and graphical project-related documents.
  7. Use industry-specific electronic and digital technologies to support civil engineering projects.
  8. Participate in the design and modeling phase of civil engineering projects by applying engineering concepts, technical mathematics and principles of science to the review, production and/or modification of project plans.
  9. Contribute to the scheduling, coordination and cost estimation of civil engineering projects and monitor their progression by applying principles of construction project management.
  10. Coordinate and perform quality control testing and evaluate equipment, materials and methods used in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects.
  11. Apply teamwork, leadership, supervision and interpersonal skills when working individually or within multidisciplinary teams to complete civil engineering projects.

Required Courses

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semester courses
CodeCourse name
BLDG1025Construction Field Practices
CIVL1001Civil Engineering Technology - Fundamentals
CIVL1002Civil Engineering Materials
CIVL1004Civil Engineering Materials Testing 1
BLDG1077Construction Health And Safety
COMM1007College English**
MATH1136Mathematics for Building Technologies 1


semester courses
CodeCourse name
CIVL2064Civil Engineering Materials Testing 2
CIVL1085Land Use Planning and Regulations
CIVL1141Construction Graphics 1
GHUM1106History of Architecture
GSCI1022Building Science And Environment
MATH1146Mathematics for Building Technologies 2
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
BLDG1201Work Preparation
BLDG1202Field Experience 1
CIVL1003Basics of Structural Analysis
CIVL2045Site Management for Civil Projects
CIVL2059Construction Graphics 2
CIVL2063Estimating Civil Projects 1
COMM1113Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse name
BLDG2130Field Experience 2
CIVL1005Civil Engineering Technology - Steel Structures
CIVL2021Planning and Scheduling for Civil Projects
CIVL2058Quality & Risk Management for Civil Projects
CIVL3035Estimating Civil Projects 2
CIVL3050Trenchless Technologies
CIVL3065Civil Engineering Technology - Heavy Industrial


semester courses
CodeCourse name
BLDG2090Principles of Construction Law
BLDG3075Technical Research Report (online)
CIVL2078Civil Engineering Technology - Rail & Transit
CIVL3028GIS Technology for Civil Projects
CIVL3033Value Analysis For Civil Projects
CIVL3034Civil Infrastructure Modeling
CIVL3080Budgeting & Bidding Civil Projects
BLDG3090Business Economics And Management


semester courses
CodeCourse name
CIVL 2056Civil Engineering Technology - Municipal Services
CIVL3006Civil Construction Project Administration
CIVL3039Rehabilitation Of Civil Infrastructure Works
BLDG3078Civil Engineering Technology – Bridge & Tunnel
CIVL3082Sustainable Construction Practice for Civil Projects
CIVL3085Capstone Industry Project

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

The Industry

Canada's construction industry is essential to the construction and maintenance of residential and commercial buildings, as well as infrastructure projects such as highways, roads, bridges, tunnels, rail and transit, water supply, storm water management and waste water treatment. With many elements of Canada's infrastructure deteriorating, the federal government has announced plans to increase infrastructure spending in the coming years. This heightened support for new construction and rehabilitation projects will open up new opportunities for graduates in this field.

Your Career

Graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology advanced diploma program will have developed skills related to the construction and maintenance of civil infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, tunnels, heavy industrial buildings, rail, and transit, storm, sanitary & water systems).

This training prepares students for employment in a wide array of organizations such as government agencies (Municipalities, Ministry of Transportation, Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario), Contractors, Sub-Contractors, Developers and Engineering Consulting firms. Roles within these firms may include:

  • Site Superintendent
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Manager/Construction Manager
  • Project Planner/Scheduler
  • Estimator
  • Inspector/Technician
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Contractor/Subcontractor
  • Construction Claims Specialist
  • Construction Sales
  • Construction Safety Specialist
  • Quantity Surveyor

Future Study Options

Pathways to the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) (T317) degree program are available for qualified graduates from the three-year Construction Engineering Technology program. For more information, see


$3,984.00 *

Additional Cost

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4398


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