School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Civil Engineering Technology

Sep 01, 2022
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  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
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  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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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).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • 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.

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Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

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. 

Civil Engineering students

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.

Bachelor of Technology

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

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The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Post-secondary Learning Act and section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). The information will be protected by the provisions of FOIP, and will be used for the purpose of registration and administration of the event. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection, use, security or disclosure of the personal information, please contact General Council at 780 471 7664 or

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Phone: 780.471.7416



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Term Definition
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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.