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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to become a member of civil engineering teams that are responsible for planning, costing, building, maintaining, and rehabilitating roads, bridges, buildings, water distribution systems, and pipelines. Courses are focused on applying professionalism towards drafting, surveying, construction methods, costing, quality control, inspections, and laboratory testing.

The College’s computer-aided drafting (CAD) laboratories provide you with practical, hands-on experience. You will also receive surveying training with electronic distance and angle measuring equipment that will be interfaced with coordinate geometry and drafting software. In addition, to meet the demand for structural steel detailers, you will learn automated structural detailing.

You are able to volunteer for community events such as the “Canstruction competition” that benefits the local food bank, and in second year, you will compete in a headframe competition where you will design, build, and test a structure to failure during Cambrian's Spring Open House.

The Infrastructure Opportunities Program (IOP) and the Municipal Engineering Opportunities Program (MEOP) provide opportunities for some students to gain summer work experiences in the construction, consulting, and government sectors.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Industry-experienced faculty

  • Two-week surveying course at the end of the second semester

  • Opportunity to gain summer employment through the Infrastructure Opportunities Partnership (IOP)

  • Courses cover drafting, surveying, construction methods, costs, quality control, and inspections

  • Gain extensive experience using computer-aided drafting (CAD)

  • Graduates can seek membership with OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) to become certified as a C.Tech. (Certified Technician)


You will participate in a two-week field camp during the first part of May at the end of the second semester (SA approved safety boots mandatory). Attendance is compulsory to complete the program. Students are urged to let employers know that they are not available for summer employment until the course is officially completed.

4D Learning Opportunities

CANstruction competition – Students compete against other organizations in the community to design and build a 3D structure out of food cans, which are then donated to the Sudbury Food Bank.

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How to Apply

Engineering Technology

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)


  • Any grade 12 physics (C), (U)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Information

Students will write a math test at the start of the first semester.


Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018

Course Descriptions

Semester 1Credits
CIV 1200Concrete Asphalt 4
CIV 2331Construction Technology 4
ENG 1002College Communication 3
MTH 1050Algebra I 3
SUR 1116Surveying I 5
The following General Education course:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 2
CAD 1100Computer-Aided Drafting I 2
ENG 1754Technical Communication II 3
MCH 1205Mechanics 5
MTH 1250Algebra II 3
SUR 1220Surveying II 5
SUR 1232Survey Field Methods 1
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Personal Finance 3
Environmental Sustainability 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 3
CAD 1200Computer Aided Drafting II 2
CIV 2300Soil Mechanics I 4
CIV 2302Civil Engineering Applications 3
CIV 2421Basic Hydraulics 3
MCH 2310Strength Of Materials I 4
MTH 2325Technical Math III 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 4
CIV 2405Structural Behaviour Detailing 5
CIV 2408Computer Aided Structural Detailing 2
CIV 2431Municipal Planning 4
CIV 3500Special Projects 4
CIV 3520Contracts Law Specifications 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Economics 3
Health Wellness 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 22
 Total Credits: 85

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,655.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,614.00 for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $1,700 for first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Civil Engineering Technicians usually work in surveying, material testing, drafting, construction, inspection, or sales and service. Graduates may find employment in: 

  • Consulting engineering firms 
  • Government departments 
  • Municipal engineering departments 
  • Construction firms

For more information about Civil Engineering as a career, including employment opportunities, visit Ontario Civil Construction Careers Institute.

Furthering Your Studies

Students who successfully complete the Civil Engineering Technician program may enter directly into the Civil Engineering Technology program.

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates of this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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