College of the North Atlantic- NL, Canada

Civil Engineering Technology with Co-op

Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op)


  • School of Engineering Technology
  • Program Length: Three Years

The field of civil design and construction plays a central role in the economic viability of many industries and the province as a whole. The civil field includes such areas as residential, commercial, and industrial buildings; harbours, airports, roads, and other transportation facilities; and municipal infrastructure.

Natural resource development projects (hydropower, oil and gas, mineral processing, etc.) will continue to create substantial employment opportunities for Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) graduates.

The Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) program will enable graduates to play an important role in the professional team which is responsible for the translation of ideas into the finished product. The program will ensure that the graduates understand the need for, and have the skills to contribute to, the cost effective and efficient planning of construction projects from concept to completion.

Graduates completing this program are automatically eligible for membership in the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL), as well as any similar association in Canada. 

This program has been accredited since 1996 (Corner Brook) and 1997 (St. John’s) by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) under the mandate of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.  In 2019, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) became the sole accrediting body of engineering technology programs in Canada.  TAC will recognize CTAB accredited programs until the accreditation transition period is complete.  For this reason, accreditation for the Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) program in St. John’s is extended until March 2021, while the program in Corner Brook is accredited until March 2022.

Graduates with two years of progressive work experience may be eligible to receive the designation of Professional Technologist (P. Tech) upon completion of a Professional Practice and Ethics Exam.

This program is also CEWIL (Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning) accredited.

The academic credentials of graduates of accredited technology programs are recognized internationally by the signatories of the Sydney Accord.

A graduate of the Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) program will have the knowledge and skills that will allow him/her to:

  1. Analyze the structural reactions of engineering work.
  2. Participate in the scheduling of civil engineering projects and monitor the work.
  3. Assist in planning, designing, inspecting, supervising, and constructing civil engineering projects.
  4. Plan and design municipal infrastructure projects.
  5. Assist with designing, inspecting and troubleshooting of transportation infrastructure.
  6. Design, calculate and test asphalt and concrete mixes to industry standards and specifications.
  7. Carry out engineering survey and construction layouts using conventional survey instruments and GPS systems.

General education consisting of Project Management Skills (theoretical and applied), Communication Skills (oral and written), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and Magnetic Theory, Engineering Graphics, Engineering Technology Awareness.

Specific education in various aspects (theory and principles) of the civil discipline including strength of materials, structures, fluid mechanics, soils & foundations, building codes & services and planning & estimating.

Practical education in various aspects of the civil discipline including CADD drawings, material testing, highway technology, construction surveying, BIM and GIS.

Work exposure consisting of field experience, gained from a compensated work term, in the field of civil engineering technology.

Graduates may find employment with contractors, consultants, house builders, manufacturers, suppliers, municipalities, provincial and federal governments and their agencies, and many others involved in such projects as the design of off-shore and on-shore structures and facilities, testing and inspection of structural components, estimation, sales, construction surveying, and project management.

In addition to the formal courses listed in the program of studies, students in the Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) program are required to obtain a certificate of completion of Standard First Aid/Heart Start and WHMIS over their three-year period of studies.

Eligibility for admission to an Engineering Technology program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:

1.  High School
High School Graduation, plus:
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201 or 3202
ii.  Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:

Advanced:  2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic:  2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)

iii. Science (4 credits) two of which must be selected from:

Biology: 3201
Physics: 3204
Chemistry: 3202
Earth Systems: 3209

Note: The remaining two Science credits to be chosen from the highest Science mark in level 1, 2 or 3.
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. Math (60% MINIMUM) MA1040MA1041
ii. Two Science courses chosen from one of the following three combinations:

a. Introductory Biology: BL1020BL1021
b. Introductory Chemistry: CH1030CH1031
c. Introductory Physics: PH1050PH1051

Note: It is strongly recommended that CAS students who intend to enroll in Engineering Technology programs complete both of the Chemistry courses and both of the Physics courses.

Graduates of Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) may continue their studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Bachelor of Technology program or may wish to pursue studies at Cape Breton University in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree in Environmental Studies. Program graduates may also apply to Lakehead University’s to complete a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

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