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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Our nationally-accredited Civil Engineering Technology 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 build upon your skills gained in the Civil Engineering Technician program to enhance your abilities in design, drafting, supervision of projects, interpretation of data, cost estimating, scheduling, water resources management, feasibility studies, surveying, and technical report writing.

You will gain practical, hands-on experience in design and drafting in the College’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) laboratories. In addition, you will receive surveying training with electronic distance and angle measuring equipment that will be interfaced with coordinate geometry and drafting software. 

Also continuing from the Technician-level program are opportunities for some students 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 has been nationally accredited since 2003. This accreditation enables graduates to work as technologists across Canada. An 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 BASc in Civil Engineering at Canadian universities.

Program Highlights
  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • The first nationally-accredited technology program by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).
  • Two-week surveying course at the end of the second semester
  • Industry-experienced faculty
  • Opportunity to gain summer employment through the Infrastructure Opportunities Partnership (IOP)
  • 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

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Every academic year, students are required to successfully complete an online Student Safety Regulations and General Safety Standards course.  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 II 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
 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
 Term Credits: 19
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 3640Roads, Traffic Transportation 4
GIS 3600GIS Applications 3
MTH 2332Applied Calculus 3
TEC 3601Technical Report 1
 Term Credits: 20
 Total Credits: 128

 Course with Lab Component

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.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment opportunities with:

  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Municipal engineering offices
  • Construction firms
  • Manufacturing organizations
  • 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.

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from 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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