School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Construction Engineering Technology

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NAIT's Construction Engineering Technology diploma program (available with a co-op option) will provide you with a broad knowledge of the management, estimating and technical aspects of construction, with a primary focus on buildings and related support industries. Students can complete the traditional 2-year or reduced load 3-year pathway to complete the diploma.

You'll develop structural engineering fundamentals, drawings interpretation skills, among other courses, to build foundational construction knowledge. You'll develop and understanding of project planning, contract administration, and project coordination to 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 Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certification program, and by Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS). Upon graduation you’ll be eligible for certification with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

Sep 01, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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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

Co-op option

Students may be eligible to participate in a 4 month co-op placement once they complete 24 credits including CSTN1141, CSTN1264, and ENGL1238. Successful co-op students work in a program-related industry position and gain advanced job-readiness skills. Acceptance into our co-op program is based on successful completion of first term coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.3.

For international students to participate, a Co-op Work Permit is required. Applying and receiving this permit can take time so please apply as soon as possible. To learn more, visit nait.ca/immigration.

  • Length: 1 semester
  • Salary: Determined by participating employers
  • Dates: May to August

For more information about our co-op program, please contact con@nait.ca.

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, 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).

Advanced Credit

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, 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)

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

View the PLAR Request form (pdf)

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

Expand each course below to see details about credits, requisites, scheduling, and more.

The Construction Engineering Technology program offers a 2-year and 3-year pathway to complete the diploma. Below is the course outline for the standard 2-year pathway. View the course outline (pdf) and learn more about the 3-year pathway.

Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

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