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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)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

Students in the Construction Engineering Technology program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Construction Engineering Technology field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the Construction Engineering Technology program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the Construction Engineering Technology program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin this process, please e-mail con@nait.ca

Use this checklist to keep track of all the steps you need to take.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Build your future

NAIT's Construction Engineering Technology program will provide you with a broad knowledge of the management, estimating and technical aspects of construction, with a primary focus on commercial and residential buildings and related support industries.

You'll develop your drawing interpretation, detail sketching and site surveying skills. You'll also be shown the ins and outs of project planning, contract administration and sub-trade coordination so you can advance your career into site leadership and project management.

The Construction Engineering Technology program works with a program advisory committee made up of industry experts who ensure the program provides students with the knowledge and skills currently required by employers. The program is also accredited by the Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certification program and 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

In this program, you'll develop a broad knowledge of management, estimating and the technical aspects of construction, with a prime focus on commercial and residential business and related support industries.

The comprehensive curriculum includes:

  • Building science
  • Construction management
  • Cost estimating and control
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Structures
  • Contract law
  • Building design and regulations
  • Construction equipment and safety
  • Reports and presentations
  • Supervisory practices

Enter the workforce with confidence

The need continues to grow for qualified construction engineering technologists who have a solid understanding of all facets of construction, with emphasis on management and estimating.

Grads are in demand to fill a wide range of positions with construction firms, government agencies, property developers, construction firms, government agencies, property developers, consulting firms, and manufacturers and suppliers of construction materials and products.

The Construction Engineering Technology diploma program will prepare graduates to fill such roles as:

  • Project manager
  • Project coordinator
  • Project planner/scheduler
  • Site superintendent
  • Contract administrator
  • Safety officer
  • Estimator
  • Quality control officer

Become a trusted professional

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

While enrolled in the program, you'll be eligible for student membership in professional associations. After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible for professional accreditation. 

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

Learn more about NAIT's BTech-CM program

Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management

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

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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Term 1

CSTN1111Engineering Mechanics I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Co-requisite: MATH1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the fundamental concepts that serve as the foundation to structural design. Topics include equilibrium and vector analysis to compute the forces and moments on structures, structural components, and supports; calculation of forces in truss members; and introduction to and calculation of the cross-sectional properties of structural members.

CSTN1131Small Buildings
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces building assemblies (from foundations to walls to roofs) and associated links providing an understanding of our built environment. Topics include terminology of building assemblies, Alberta Building Code, foundations, walls, roofs, stairs, and various construction types. Topics will be presented with an emphasis on small buildings. Individual drawing exercise and theory will be used to instruct, guide, and assess the progression of the class.

CSTN1132Building Products and Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces and examines the materials, products, building systems, structural components, building elements, and internal finishing components that are used the the construction of buildings. Topics include the building construction industry, interpretation of construction documents, and identification of building materials.

CSTN1141Drawing Interpretation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces construction documents (including drawings and specifications) and how to interpret them. Topics include scaling, surveying, conventional drawing practices, print reading, calculation of areas and volumes, communication between construction community stakeholders, and the roles of industry participants.

ENGL1238Effective Communications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Biomedical Engineering Technology, Biomedical Engineering Technology Co-op, or Construction Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides students with the fundamentals of effective communications skills. The course concentrates on skills in writing, researching and analyzing information, public speaking, and critical thinking, all within the context of technical and business communications in the workplace.

MATH1120Technical Mathematics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Co-requisite: CSTN1111.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the fundamental concepts that serve as the foundation to basic mathematical problem solving using algebra and geometry. Topics include manipulation of equations for geometric and trigonometric problems, systems of linear equations, and an introduction to differential calculus.

Term 2

CSTN1210Engineering Mechanics II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: CSTN1111.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course builds upon the fundamental concepts that serve as the foundation to structural design. Topics include the application of the Alberta Building Code to calculate loads on structures; load tracing/load takedowns of structures; calculation of simple stresses and strains; internal forces in beams, and shear and bending moment diagrams; flexural and shear stresses; deflections of beams; and column theory.

CSTN1245Building Science
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisites: CSTN1131, CSTN1132.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces and examines the concepts behind the science of building envelopes and why they are a critical component of the building, along with the services required to make our building functional conditioned spaces. Topics include building envelope principles, sustainable building practices, building envelope assemblies, and mechanical and electrical systems.

CSTN1250Project Planning and Scheduling
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the concept of project planning within the construction industry to coordinate labour, equipment, and material resources within the time and cost constraints of construction projects. Topics include methods of defining, sequencing, and timing work tasks; assigning resources and costs; preparing graphs and reports for baseline plans, updates, progress reports, and completion forecasts. An introduction to earned value concepts for project control and lean construction techniques for project team collaboration will be included in this course as well.

CSTN1264Organizational Behaviour
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces and examines organizational behavior that links individuals, groups, and organizations. The effects of peoples' behaviors on an organization's performance will also be examined. Topics include motivation, leadership, interpersonal communication, organizational structure, attitudes and perceptions, change processes, and conflict. Theory and practical sessions involving group work and engagement will encompass the learning environment.

CSTN1270Estimating I: Quantity Survey
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: CSTN1131, CSTN1132, CSTN1141 (or CSTN1140 AND CSTN1180)
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces and examines the tools and techniques used in the commercial construction industry to determine quantities of materials for common construction activities. The context will be from the perspective of the General Contractor, and the formatting and reporting structures used in those workplaces. Activities will include quantification for budget scheduling purposes, scope confirmation, and self-performed work. Topics include the quantification of materials/items of work related but not limited to the following classifications: site work/site preparations, foundations, envelope, interior finishes, and building services.

MATH1204Construction Mathematics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology. Prerequisite: MATH1120
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course builds upon the fundamental concepts that serve as the foundation to technical mathematics. This course presents differential and integral calculus, and statistics. Emphasis will be given to the practical use of analytic calculation and graphic methods to demonstrate the concepts and define and solve construction related problems in physics and quantity measurement.

Term 3

CSTN2315Wood and Steel Structures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: CSTN1210.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course examines the structural aspects of wood and steel framed buildings. Topics covered include elementary structural analysis, Limit States Design, selection of suitable structural members according to current Canadian Codes, and discussion of actual construction planning and execution methods commonly used.

CSTN2333Soil Mechanics and Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: CSTN1210 and MATH1204.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course examines the fundamentals of soil mechanics and concrete foundations. Topics include properties of soil as an engineering material (subsurface stresses, shear strength, and consolidation of soil); interpretation of geotechnical reports; design of concrete mixtures; bearing capacities of shallow and deep foundations; and retaining structures and assessment of soil slope stability.

CSTN2353Construction Equipment Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: CSTN1250.
  • Course Equivalencies: CSTN1271
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The use of hoisting (crane) and earthwork equipment is vital to the progress of construction projects. Knowledge of the equipment, and the work that it does, is integral to the planning, scheduling, and costing of such work. This course explores industry expectations surrounding selection of equipment, planning for equipment use, and the regulatory frameworks that are followed in this work. Topics include industry trends and emerging technologies, basic production calculations, and planning/management considerations.

CSTN2370Estimating II: Direct Costs
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: CSTN1250, CSTN1270.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Estimating II will cover the preparation of detailed estimates of typical residential and commercial projects. This course will introduce the student to pricing direct labour and material costs of various elements. Students will then utilize skills from Estimating I to calculate project costs.

CSTN2380Construction Contract Documents
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Co-requisite: CSTN2395.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides students with the fundamentals of construction contracts, namely specifications and the various CCDC contracts used for a construction contract. Topics include the examination of statute and case law, and rights and responsibilities in relation to construction contracts; alternative dispute resolution; tendering requirements; contract execution; and construction delivery systems including pricing models.

CSTN2395Construction Project Management Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Co-requisite: CSTN2380.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course examines the process of construction from a management viewpoint working towards an understanding of the administrative processes of construction. Roles, professional responsibilities, and contract administration for the traditional delivery system of construction will be examined. Topics include bidding requirements, bid submittal, contract signing, submittals, samples and shop drawings, construction documentation and record keeping, changes and claims, progress payments, lien act, substantial and final completions, warranty period and project calculations.

Term 4

CSTN2415Concrete Structures and Formwork
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: CSTN2333.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course examines the structural aspects of reinforced concrete buildings. Topics covered include elementary structural analysis, Limit States Design, sizing of suitable structural members according to current Canadian Codes, coordinating reinforcing steel drawings, selection of appropriate formwork systems, and planning and execution methods commonly used for concrete structures.

CSTN2421Emerging Trends and Technologies in Construction
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: CSTN1141.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is a course examining the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within existing delivery system models. Software will be used to create, manipulate and extract information for a small building. This course will also examine other emerging trends and technologies in the Construction Industry.

CSTN2429Construction and Architectural Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: CSTN1245, CSTN2315, and CSTN2333.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course reflects current design-build requirements of the typical contracting firm. Emphasis within this course will be to develop and write the owner's statement of requirements, create functional relationship diagrams, preliminary and final design of a small to medium size building based on the Alberta Building Code, the owner's statement of requirements, applicable land use, building typology and the urban fabric. Basic presentation techniques will also be examined. Applicable building envelope, structural, mechanical and electrical systems integration will also be incorporated. A technical report will be created as part of the design proposal. The Alberta Building Code will also be examined in a design build scenario.

CSTN2470Estimating III: Indirect and Conceptual Costs
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: CSTN2370.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is a continuation of Estimating I and Estimating II with a focus on preparing a complete estimate. This course studies indirect costs, estimate types, tender packages, and related issues involved in completing a tender submission.

CSTN2490Finance and Cost Control
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: CSTN2370.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is an introduction to financing and cost control of construction projects including residential and commercial real estate transactions and mortgages, funding of public projects, planning and management of cash flow during construction, holdbacks, change orders and construction claims. The process and application of cost control will be studied and practiced in detail including methods of progress measurement, earned value calculations and cost forecast reports used in industry.

OHSC2410Construction Safety
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Construction Engineering Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: CSTN2351
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides students with the ability to learn and apply various components of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System with a specific focus on construction related hazards, controls and legislated responsibilities. Emphasis is placed on the leadership team’s ability to relate health and safety to the success of a project.

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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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 (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 or 80% in Math 30-2 or 80% in Applied Math 30
  • One of: Science 20 or Physics 20
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

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