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  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Careers that leave a lasting impact

Have a passion for building? Civil Engineering Technology is a 2-year diploma program or 2-and-a-half year co-op diploma program through which you’ll learn how to design and manage construction, infrastructure and research projects.

Our curriculum has been developed with industry input to ensure we cover all of the theoretical and practical elements that are essential within the broad field of civil engineering. With the help of hands-on learning and supportive, experienced instruction, you’ll apply computer-aided design & drafting (CADD) systems to civil engineering problems in the areas of:

  • structural design
  • urban services design
  • highway design
  • pavement design
  • geotechnical design
  • project management
  • applied research

Upon graduation you’ll be eligible for certification to the level of Technologist by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Civil Engineering Technology program is delivered through classroom lectures, computer labs, geotechnical labs and field surveying. We pride ourselves on providing you with supportive instruction in small classes led by knowledgeable instructors who have years of experience working in industry. 

You can expect to spend on average 27 hours per week attending classes and labs over the course of the 2-year program, and approximately 20-45 hours per week studying, completing assignments and doing research.


Practicum/co-op/work experience

After your first semester of the Civil Engineering Technology program, you’ll have the option to apply for its co-op component. 

If you’re accepted into the co-op program, you will work with a consulting engineering firm, civil engineering department or a building and infrastructure contracting firm. The scope of work may include planning, design, testing, inspection and supervision.

This work placement will provide you with practical work experience that will help you connect program theory to real-world application, help you develop your career skills and professionalism, and provide networking opportunities, setting you up for success after graduation.  

30 students will be selected for the Co-Op Educational Stream based on academic achievement and need for work experience before graduation. The total length of the co-op program stream is 2.5 years, which includes 63 weeks of academic training and two 24-week work placements. Work placements occur from May through October. 

 

Enter the workforce with confidence

Civil Engineering Technology graduates find employment with various municipal, provincial and federal government departments, and with engineering consultants, general contractors and construction companies.

Upon graduation you may find a position as a lab technologist testing construction materials such as soil, concrete and asphalt.  Or you may find employment as a civil engineering technologist in fields of surveying, estimating and project management, and/or as a specialist in computer-aided design & drafting (CADD).

As a civil engineering technologist, your expertise could be used in offices and laboratories, and on construction sites. The scope of your work may include planning, design, drafting, testing, surveying, inspecting, supervising or administration of construction.

Your education could also help you advance your career down the road. Opportunities for advancement include supervisory or administrative positions such as:

  • construction superintendents
  • project or town engineering technologists
  • technical supervisors
  • testing services supervisors
  • chief estimators
  • project inspectors
  • public works managers
  • technical and specification writers

 Become a trusted professional

Graduates of this program earn a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology. 

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in the following professional associations:

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation by these two professional associations. 

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Technology Management or Construction Management. Diploma grads can earn a BTech degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management

Take your career to the next level and earn this new post-diploma degree part time.

BTech - Technology Management

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).   Find out more

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General program information

  • Email: civ@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.8910
  • Fax: 780.471.7088

Co-op placement information

  • Mike Epple, Instructor & Co-op Coordinator
  • Email: mepple@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.7416

Advance credit information

Students who have been accepted into the program can apply for advanced credit by completing and submitting the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition form to:

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Level 1 Term 1

COMP1160Computer Applications for Civil Technologists
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV160
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will prepare and format technical documents using Microsoft Word (word processing software). They will use Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet software) to create and format spreadsheets, and will develop spreadsheets for solution of problems within the civil engineering discipline. Students will create presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint (presentation software).

DRFT1140Drafting and AutoCAD Fundamentals I
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: SURV1120.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV145, DRFT1140A
  • Open Studies: Available

This course consists of two parts. The first half includes drawing conventions and procedures to draw with manual drafting equipment. The foundational principles are identified to draw orthographic, cross-section, and profile drawings. The second half is computer assisted drafting using the latest version of AutoCAD software. Students will be introduced to the AutoCAD environment, including program functionality and applications relating to civil engineering technology. Students will begin with basic commands and progress through to intermediate drawing and editing techniques. Topics include, drawing setup, draw and modify commands, modifying object properties, and layer management.

ENGL1116Effective Communications I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology or Geomatics Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE116, CON116, ENGL1116, ENGL1166
  • Open Studies: Available

This is a specialized and practical course focusing on industry specific professional communications. Topics include an introduction to technical writing processes, organization of project coordination records, report writing, and business workplace communication.

ESTM1170Estimating I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV270
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will develop the ability to identify features on engineering plans and complete quantity estimates, required in many areas of Civil Engineering such as site development, subdivision, underground services. The methods presented are intended to represent a process which can be applied to many types of estimating used in the field of Civil Engineering.

MATH1127Technical Mathematics and Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASM127, ASM127PC, MATH1000, MATH1127
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is for Civil Engineering Technology students. The course identifies the fundamentals of mathematics and enabling the student to solve technological problems. Students will acquire knowledge in topics including trigonometry, linear and quadratic equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, and analytic geometry. This course also introduces the student to statistics and statistical methods which are commonly used in engineering. The topics include data summarization, linear regression, probability, normal distribution, sampling distributions and confidence intervals.

SOIL1150Soil Mechanics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV150
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to soil mechanics. Students will perform index tests on soils, including grain size analysis, Atterberg Limits and relative density. They will classify soils based on index test parameters, and calculate mass-volume quantities. Students will perform soil sampling and visual identification. The use of soil as a construction material will be presented. Students will conduct laboratory compaction tests, in situ density tests, and field compaction control.

STRC1110Mechanics I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV110
  • Open Studies: Available

This course studies the use of equilibrium concepts and vector analysis to compute the forces and moments on structures and structural components. Computation of forces in truss members is also covered. It is the intention of this course to familiarize the student with how loads affect supporting elements in a structure.

SURV1120Surveying Principles and Applications I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV120
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the student to basic surveying principles related to the measurement of distances, angles and positions on the ground. Mathematical techniques will be used to analyze and adjust field data and to compare the quality of the work to typically used standards. The student will be introduced to curve calculations and layout for construction. Particular emphasis will be placed on field note format, field preparation, leadership and teamwork, and the use of survey equipment.

Level 1 Term 2

CIVL1230Pavement Materials Testing
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: SOIL1150.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV230
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers the concepts and methods of pavement materials testing. Pavement structure components, aggregate production and application of aggregates as construction materials are presented. Students will conduct quality control tests on aggregates, fresh and hardened concrete, and asphalt mixtures for determination of compliance with specifications. They will design soil cement mixtures using the Portland Cement Association shortcut method.

DRFT1240Drafting and AutoCAD Fundamentals II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: DRFT1140.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV245, DRFT1140B
  • Open Studies: Available

This is a course in computer assisted drafting using the latest version of AutoCAD software. Students will progress through to advanced drawing and editing techniques. Topics include, drawing setup, advanced draw and modify commands, text, dimensioning, modifying object properties, creating and inserting blocks, paper space, model space, layout tab setup, printing, and layer management. The ability to produce complete drawings using accepted linework, lettering, layout and dimensioning techniques, while adhering to a drafting standard will signify the basis upon which higher level courses will continue.

ENGL1223Effective Communications II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENGL1116. This course is available to OPEN studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE223
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will apply and expand skills acquired in the previous communications course to work with information relevant to the field of Civil Engineering. Topics include research methods, meetings, reports, and oral presentations. Students will also learn applied research skills needed for a technical project to be completed in the second year of the program. These skills include proposal and report writing, research, documentation, and technical presentation.

ESTM1270Estimating II
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ESTM1170, COMP1160.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV370, CVC370
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will expand their understanding of the construction cost estimating process. Students will work with projects utilizing estimating techniques. Students will also use software in the estimation process by working on a series of projects.

GEOL1250Surficial Geology and Site Investigation
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: SOIL1150.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV250
  • Open Studies: Available

This course covers an introduction to surficial geology and site investigation. Students will identify landforms in aerial photographs, and will apply these concepts in the interpretation of soil conditions for geotechnical investigations. Site investigation methods and sampling techniques will be presented. Students will perform visual classification of soils and plotting of borehole logs. They will evaluate soil strength using pocket penetrometer, unconfined compression tests, vane shear tests and dynamic cone.

MATH1227Calculus
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MATH1127.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASM227, ASM327
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is for Civil Engineering Technology students. The course introduces the fundamental principles of basic differential and integral calculus with technical applications.

STRC1210Strengths of Materials (Applied Mechanics)
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: STRC1110.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV210
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides a continuation of the Mechanics course with emphasis on the basic concepts of static and stress analysis required in the Structures courses in the program. Topics include loads on structures, simple stresses, shear force, bending moment, flexural stress, shear stress, deflections and column theory.

SURV1220Surveying Principles & Applications II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: SURV1120.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV220
  • Open Studies: Available

This course concentrates on surveying applications related to Civil Engineering Technology. Total station and GPS technology will be used to capture field data and to layout features for construction. An introduction to coordinate systems and map projections will be provided. The student will develop skills associated with curve and coordinate geometry calculations. The student will perform route surveys, topographic surveys and municipal construction surveys.

Level 2 Term 1

CIVL2310Steel and Wood Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program. Prerequisite: STRC1210
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV315, CVC315
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the properties, design and analysis of structural steel and wood building components. Topics include Limits States, Open Web Steel Joists and wood joists, Built up beams, Glulam beams and steel beams, columns, tension members and connection design and analysis. Shop drawings are analyzed and working drawings are prepared. This course covers the properties, design and analysis of structural steel and wood building components. Topics include Limits States, Open Web Steel Joists and wood joists, Built up beams, Glulam beams and steel beams, columns, tension members and connection design and analysis. Shop drawings are analyzed and working drawings are prepared.

CIVL2320Highway Design I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program. Prerequisite: SURV1220.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV320, CVC320
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course applies the survey theory and field procedures covered in Surveying Principles and Applications I and II. General subject areas include highway capacity and level of service, route selection, highway design standards, horizontal spiral curve and vertical curve design procedures, superelevation of horizontal curves and the design of horizontal and vertical alignments. Students will select and apply geometric elements and standards associated with the design of a highway.

CIVL2330Concrete and Asphalt Mix Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program. Prerequisite: CIVL1230
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV330, CVC330
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the materials, properties, design, and construction of portland cement concrete and asphalt concrete pavement mixtures. Students will design pavement mixtures and conduct trial batching for determination of compliance with specifications. The course includes a comparison between AASHTO and Superpave asphalt mix design methods.

CIVL2340Civil 3D Fundamentals and Projects I
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: DRFT1240 or DRFT1140B. Co-requisite: CIVL2320.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course uses Autodesks AutoCAD Civil 3D software. The course applies the theory covered in Surveying Principles and Applications I and II and Highway Design I. Students will focus on coordinate geometry, alignments, surfaces, profiles, and toolspace settings. The emphasis of the course will be on survey applications and transportation infrastructure projects to produce technical plans.

CIVL2350Geotechnical Testing and Instrumentation
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: GEOL1250.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV350, CVC350
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers measurement of soil properties and in situ soil monitoring. Students will conduct consolidation, direct shear, triaxial, permeability and erodibility tests. Topics include total and effective stress, application of geosynthetics, in situ test methods, and instrumentation for monitoring of groundwater pressure and ground movements.

CIVL2360Fluid Mechanics
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: MATH 1127.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV290
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce principles of fluid mechanics and apply these principles to practical problems. Content includes the study of static fluids and pressurized flow. Content related to static fluids emphasize the areas of fluid properties, pressure-elevations relationships, density, force distributions on plane and curved surfaces, and buoyancy. Content related to pressurized flow include Bernoulli's equation, General Energy equation, viscosity, laminar and turbulent flow, energy losses due to friction and fittings, series pipeline systems.

HYDR2380Surface Hydrology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program. Prerequisite: MATH1127.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV395, CVC395
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce topics related to hydrology and municipal engineering. Content related to hydrology will include studies related to the statistical analysis of data for precipitation and stream flow generated from storm and flood events. Content related to municipal engineering will include the design of open channels and culverts.

Level 2 Term 2

CIVL2401Professionalism and Applied Research
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ENGL1223.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV400, CIV401, CVC400, CVC401
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will research, document and present an applied research project within the civil engineering discipline. They will apply problem-solving skills and engineering design principles acquired from course work to produce, present and defend a technical report in compliance with the requirements of the National Standards for Applied Science and Engineering Technologies. There will be a focus on development of personal, social and employability skills, and application of professional ethical standards in the workplace. Students will develop an awareness of governmental laws, codes and regulations for minimization of environmental impact.

CIVL2410Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CIVL2310.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV410, CVC410
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the analysis, design and detailing of elements in reinforced concrete buildings. The elements include slabs, beams, columns, walls, foundations and stairs.

CIVL2420Highway Design II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CIVL2320.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV420, CVC420
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is a continuation of Highway Design I . This course introduces the student to highway cross-section elements and earthworks associated with highway design and construction. General topics include cross-section design and end area determination, earthworks (volumes), mass haul quantities and diagrams, and truck haul quantities. In addition, students will apply standards and design geometry for auxiliary lanes and intersection treatments on highways.

CIVL2430Pavement Thickness Design and Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CIVL2330.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV430, CVC430
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the concepts and principles of pavement thickness design. Students will evaluate traffic loading and subgrade strength, and apply the parameters in the design of flexible and rigid pavement structures. The course covers management of pavement structures, including condition evaluation, maintenance and rehabilitation techniques.

CIVL2440Civil 3D Fundamentals and Projects II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CIVL2340. Co-requisites: CIVL2420, CIVL2480.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course uses Autodesks AutoCAD Civil 3D software. Students will focus on coordinate geometry, alignments, corridors, surfaces, profiles, and the toolspace (prospector and settings). The emphasis of the course will be on transportation and land development infrastructure projects to produce technical plans.

CIVL2450Geotechnical Design
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CIVL2350.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV450, CVC450
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will design and analyze shallow and deep foundations for support of structures, and select foundation types based on soil conditions. The principles and methods of foundation inspection will be presented. Students will calculate earth pressures, design retaining walls, and analyze stability of slopes.

CIVL2480Urban Services Design
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: HYDR2380, CIVL2360.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV490, CVC490
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will entail the concepts of urban planning, preliminary and detailed engineering design, engineering management, and environmental considerations required for urban subdivision development. Topics include: specifications, contracts and administration of subdivision works, street grades, curb, gutter and sidewalk design, lot grading, water distribution systems, storm and sanitary sewer design, municipal infrastructure testing and inspection, and water and wastewater treatment.

PMGT2470Project Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Civil Engineering Technology program or the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program. Prerequisite: ESTM1270.
  • Course Equivalencies: CIV470, CVC470
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the student to the concepts and principles of project management and engineering law. Within the project management section of the course, the student is introduced to topics such as project planning, tendering, scheduling, and inspecting. Workplace law topics, such as tort law, contract law, Builders' Lien Act and employment law will be introduced.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,826

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,425
Level 1 Term 2: $825
Level 2 Term 1: $625
Level 2 Term 2: $275

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English,
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Applied Math 30
  • One of: Science 30 or Physics 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

65% overall average Note: Competitive entrance requirements are determined by the program area and are subject to change without notice.

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