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 apply directly into the traditional 2-year program, reduced load 3-year pathway, or 2-year virtual delivery.

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

New! This program has 3 delivery options. Students can choose from a 2 year online pathway or a 2 or 3 year blended option that includes both in-person and online learning. All 3 options require students to attend live classes during the day (either online or in-person) for some of their course components. Students must apply directly into the pathway(s) of their choice.

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:

  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday in the daytime.
  • 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.

Grad Employment Rate

Employment rates are reported by NAIT alumni, are for information purposes, and do not guarantee future employment opportunities. Please note that data for newer programs may not be included within this report.

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Median Starting Salary: $60,000

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

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Work Integrated Learning: Co-op

This program has Work Integrated Learning (WIL). WIL is a form of experiential learning that integrates academic studies with relevant work-based learning. Experiences are directly tied to curriculum and part of an approved program of study.

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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

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

For more information about our co-op program, please contact

Career Outcomes

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. 

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Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

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

View the PLAR Request form (pdf)

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


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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.

Admission Requirements

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Program-specific questions

Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal

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