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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Use science and technology to help build the world around us! Our Civil Engineering Technician program is focused on the design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of infrastructure facilities including: roads, bridges, buildings, dams, storm/sanitary/water systems, pipelines, and deep and shallow foundations. 

You will gain practical, hands-on experience in design and drafting in our Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) laboratory. In addition, you will receive surveying training with state-of-the-art electronic survey equipment that will be interfaced with survey software. You’ll also be introduced to Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanning equipment and point cloud management software.

You’ll also have opportunities to enhance your skills and network with industry through opportunities to volunteer at community events or by participating in applied research projects. Want to see how your skills stack up against your classmates? Test your engineering abilities in second year by competing in a headframe competition where you will design, build, and test a structure to failure during Cambrian's Spring Open House. 

Extend your studies after graduation by applying to enter directly into the final year of Cambrian’s Civil Engineering Technology (CVTY) program. You’ll boost your leadership and technical skills and open the door to more career opportunities!

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • Industry-experienced faculty
  • Hands-on experience in modernized lab
  • Two-week surveying course at the end of the second semester
  • Courses cover industry compliant CAD drafting, surveying, construction methods, costs, quality control, inspections, materials testing, control, and hydraulics inspections
  • Gain extensive experience using computer-aided drafting (CAD) to meet industry compliant standards
  • 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 (CSA 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



Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1Credits
CIV 1200Concrete Asphalt 14
CIV 2331Construction Technology 4
ENG 1002College Communications 3
MTH 1050Algebra I 3
SUR 1116Surveying I 15
The following General Education course:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 2
CAD 1001Engineering Graphics 3
ENG 1754Technical Communication 3
MCH 1205Mechanics 5
MTH 1250Algebra II 3
SUR 1220Surveying II 15
SUR 1232Survey Field Methods 1
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Personal Finance 3
Environmental Sustainability 3
Media and Current Events 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 3
CAD 1200Computer Aided Drafting II 2
CIV 2300Soil Mechanics I 14
CIV 2302Civil Engineering Applications 3
CIV 2421Basic Hydraulics 3
MCH 2310Strength Of Materials I 4
MTH 2325Technical Math III 3
ENV 1027Sustainable Practices 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
CIV 2405Structural Behaviour Detailing 5
CIV 2408Computer Aided Structural Detailing 2
CIV 2431Municipal Planning 4
CIV 3500Special Projects 14
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: 89


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,700. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

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

Graduates of Cambrian's CVTN program may apply to enter directly into Semester 5 of the Civil Engineering Technology (CVTY) program.  This is a competitive process.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates of this program may continue their studies at college/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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