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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

If you have a vision for how the world should be constructed, below and above ground, consider a career in Civil Engineering – one of the world’s oldest engineering disciplines! In our nationally-accredited Civil Engineering Technology program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to become a member of civil engineering teams that are responsible for building, maintaining, and restoring 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.

You will gain practical, hands-on experience in the College’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) laboratories and through surveying training using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanning equipment, point cloud management software, and electronic survey equipment that’s interfaced with survey and drafting software. In addition, to meet the demand for structural steel detailers, you will learn automated structural detailing.

Qualified students may have the opportunity to gain summer work experiences in the construction, consulting, and government sectors through the Infrastructure Opportunities Program (IOP) and the Municipal Engineering Opportunities Program (MEOP).


This program is nationally accredited, which enables graduates to work as technologists across Canada. A civil engineering technologist may seek membership with OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) to become certified as a C.E.T. (Certified Engineering Technologist). A technologist can also pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering at Canadian universities.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • National accreditation since 2003. Current accreditation through Technology Accreditation Canada
  • Two-week surveying course at the end of the second semester
  • Industry-experienced faculty
  • Hands-on experience in a modernized lab
  • Opportunity to gain summer employment through the Infrastructure Opportunities Partnership (IOP) and Municipal Engineering Opportunities Partnership (MEOP)
  • Field trips to local civil engineering companies and completed project sites
  • Courses cover design, project management, technical research and report writing, and more
  • Hands-on experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer-aided drafting (CAD)
  • Grads may be eligible to become members of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and the Canadian Technical Employment Network (CTEN)

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) or (U)

Advanced Standing

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


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
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2020
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2021

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
Semester 5
CIV 2410Soil Mechanics II 4
CIV 2430Municipal Services 4
CIV 3510Structural Design 4
CIV 3550Construction Project Mgt. I 3
MCH 2410Strength Of Materials II 4
TEC 3501Technical Report Research 1
WRM 2300Water Resources Management 2
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 6
CIV 3600Foundations 5
CIV 3630Reinforced Concrete 4
CIV 3640Highway Design 4
GIS 3600GIS Applications 3
MTH 2332Applied Calculus 3
TEC 3601Technical Report 1
 Term Credits: 20
 Total Credits: 131


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 $700. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment opportunities with:

  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Municipal engineering offices
  • Construction firms
  • Manufacturing organizations
  • Provincial and Federal Government agencies
  • Inspection and testing companies

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

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from 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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