Civil Engineering Technology Diploma
Learn about the design and construction of integral infrastructure as it relates to the function of cities and urban areas. Gain the knowledge and skills to work on the design and construction of various sustainable infrastructure, from roads to parks, drainage to sewer plants.
OC's Civil Engineering Technology Diploma is a Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) nationally accredited program at the technologist level.
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- Full program offered
- Partial program offered
- International students eligible
Tuition and fees
2023-24: $13,088.96 (Total for the two year program)
Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
This program is student loan eligible. View Financial Aid & Awards
All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
The civil engineering technologist is involved in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, highways, streets, parks, subdivisions, dams, drainage and irrigation systems, water supply and sewer systems, and plants. Aspects of civil engineering and urbanization in Canada are studied throughout this program. A diverse and stimulating program, Civil Engineering Technology incorporates field trips to reinforce theoretical background, and to develop appropriate methods of approach and solution. Graduates will possess the following knowledge and skills:
- a knowledge of mathematics, applied science, surveying principles, graphical language and oral and written communication techniques;
- a grounding in applied civil engineering technology as related to highway surveying, road design and construction, municipal construction, bridge construction, municipal water and sewage works, irrigation and drainage, and heavy construction;
- skills in drafting, detailing, computing, surveying, laboratory testing (soil mechanics, concrete and asphalt paving), construction inspection, writing technical reports and correspondence, preparation of specifications and costs, basic structural design in steel, reinforced concrete, design of water distribution and sewage collection systems, heating and air conditioning and other building services, and engineering law.
Graduates of this program can seek employment in the following types of positions:
- engineering assistants in highway construction, communications and power development projects; draftsperson; estimators, detailers and assistant designers;
- technologists in concrete, asphalt and soil testing labs; construction inspectors in municipal water development and structural projects; technologists in hydrographic surveys, waste resources studies, irrigation and hydraulic laboratories;
- town works superintendents and building inspectors; concrete plant supervisors; technical sales involving building and construction materials and equipment; and
- project chiefs and instrument persons in field surveys related to pipelines, construction, mining drainage, irrigation, highways and roads, etc.
The Civil Engineering Technology program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). While attending Okanagan College, students may register with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates are eligible for registration as an applied science technologist after two years of related work experience.
This two-year diploma program is nationally accredited by the Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) and Okanagan College students may register with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates are eligible for registration as an applied science technologist after two years of related work experience.
Graduates go on to work in positions that include:
- Engineering Assistants
- Town Works Superintendents
- Building Inspectors
- Concrete Plant Supervisors
- Technical and Project Supervisors
- Work involves gathering and analyzing data, particularly in the lab/shop and/or field. There may be lab and office work, as well as light design and production
- Typically, three to four technologists will work in an office for every engineer
- Need approximately two years of post-secondary education (diploma)
- Credential includes AScT
- Typical salary range is $50,000 to $75,000 a year
- Work involves analyzing data in the lab, field and office. Positions are typically slanted more towards design and management. Responsible to sign off on safety of projects and assuming liability for the project.
- Need four years of post-secondary schooling (bachelor’s degree)
- Credential includes P. Eng.
- Typical salary range is $50,000 to $100,000 a year
If you complete the Civil Engineering Technology diploma program, you may be able to take the bridge into Civil Engineering at UBC, Lakehead University or University of Victoria. Consult with an Education Advisor regularly if you are considering the OC to UBC Okanagan Civil Engineering Bridge program. You can also bridge into the Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Okanagan College.
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- B.C. secondary school graduation (or equivalent).
- English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
- Math requirement:
- A minimum of 60% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 12
- Foundations of Mathematics Grade 12
- Principles of Mathematics 12
- Applications of Mathematics 12
- Adult Basic Education MATH 012
- Okanagan College MATH 120
- Or a minimum of 64% in an Okanagan College Mathematics 11 Proficiency Test.
- Or a minimum of 67% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 11
- Principles of Mathematics 11
- Adult Basic Education MATH 011
- One of the Grade 12 mathematics courses is recommended. The mathematics requirement must be satisfied no more than seven years prior to enrolment in the program.
- A minimum of 60% in any of:
- A minimum grade of 60% in Physics 11, or a minimum grade of 50% in Physics 12 or Applied Physics 12.
- The Civil Engineering Technology program stresses the use of computers in solving engineering problems. It is recommended that students entering the program have a working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and presentation tools software. An introductory course in computers or computer experience is strongly recommended.
- Applicants who do not have secondary school graduation may apply as a mature student provided they are at least 19 years of age and have not attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a year or more. Mature students must complete specific entrance requirements that apply to regular applicants.
- The mathematics requirement will not be waived for mature students.
Successful completion of the prescribed courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.
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