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Civil Engineering Technology

Available at: Kingston


 “Civil engineering is a vital art, working with the great sources of power in nature for the wealth and well-being of the whole of society. Its essential feature is the exercise of imagination to engineer the products and processes, and develop the people needed to create and maintain a sustainable natural and built environment. It requires a broad under­standing of scientific principles, a knowledge of materials and the art of analysis and synthesis. It also requires research, team working, leadership and business skills. Civil engineering is a classic, dynamic and creative profession.” (Institute of Civil Engineers)

Civil engineering technologists play an es­sential role in this process. They are involved with the planning, design, construction, main­tenance, and environmental assessment of infrastructure projects. Projects include high­ways, streets, bridges, dams and reservoirs, parks, subdivisions, industrial, commercial and residential buildings, water supply and waste­water systems and treatment facilities.

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Note: Course descriptions/Pre-requisites may be subjected to change accordingly.



Recent graduates of our program have found employment in the areas of design and drafting; collection, analysis and interpretation of environmental data; project estimating; project planning and management; construc­tion supervision; surveying; soils and ma­terials testing; water and wastewater plant operations, concrete and asphalt testing and municipal and transportation planning.

Include consulting engineering firms, govern­ment, construction firms, industries, munici­palities, utilities and telecommunications. Graduates have typically found employment all over eastern Ontario, including Kings­ton, Ottawa and Toronto as well as across Canada. Work opportunities in the U.S. and overseas are virtually unlimited. Over the past five years, almost 100% of our Civil Engi­neering Technology graduates have found employment in their chosen profession.

SLC student beat Queen's Engineering student again at Feb Fest 2015! Read about it here.

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Program Name

Civil Engineering Technology

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 full year tuition fees: $2,935.68. Compulsory fees $1,232.15 All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fee is $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $1,766.15.All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Special Scholarship Opportunity:
Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support, made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation, from the Advanced Technology Education Consortium (ATEC). For full details regarding the ATEC Technology Scholarships, applicant criteria and application forms, Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
CIVL 01 The Subsurface Environment
CIVL 32 Introduction to Physics and Effective Teamwork
CIVL 38 Intro to Technical Drafting
CIVL 41 PC Applications
CIVL 43 Workplace Safety
MATH 101 Technical Math
WRIT 1101 Technical Communications

Semester 2
CIVL 11 Applied Physics
CIVL 12 Surveying
CIVL 26 Environmental Management
CIVL 27 Introduction to Building Principles
CIVL 39 Computer Assisted Drafting Design 1 (CAD 1)
CIVL 65 Surveying Lab
MATH 18 Intermediate Math
General Education Course

Semester 3
CIVL 13 Mechanics of Fluids
CIVL 16 Water Quality
CIVL 40 Computer Assisted Design II (CAD III)
CIVL 46 Mechanics
CIVL 66 Advanced Surveying Laboratory
MATH 20 Basic Calculus

Semester 4
CIVL 14 Mechanics of Materials
CIVL 18 Fluid Mechanics Lab
CIVL 23 Construction Materials
CIVL 24 Construction Methods
CIVL 25 Hydrology
CIVL 31 Municipal Planning
CIVL 56 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
General Education Course

Semester 5
CIVL 05 Technical Report
CIVL 10 Geotechnical Design
CIVL 20 Steel Structures
CIVL 22 Highway Technology
CIVL 29 Asset Management
CIVL 30 Reinforced Concretes
CIVL 64 Water and Wastewater Technology
General Education Course

Semester 6
CIVL 02 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems(GIS)
CIVL 09 Asphalt
CIVL 21 Wood and Masonry Designs
CIVL 50 Soil Mechanics
CIVL 58 Highway Technology Lab
CIVL 61 Work Placement
CIVL 74 Water and Wastewater Tech Lab

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level (or MCR3U); MCT4C Recommended

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Students are encouraged to include Physics (SPH4C) in their high school program.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities


"Hi, my name is James Flanders and I graduated from the Civil Engineering Technologist(CET) program at St. Lawrence College in 2014. In May 2011 I got laid off from my job and wanted to better my life and the life of my family. Out of all of the schools that offered the CET program SLC stood out to me. I still remember going to the March Open House and meeting the professors. The genuine interest and passion they showed in the program and the success of the students blew me away. Having been out of school for more than five years I was nervous coming back, but there was never once an occasion where I didn’t feel welcomed and valued as a participant to any class discussion or program event. The CET program is one of the most socially active programs at the college, and these networking opportunities between the program years, is extremely beneficial. Now as a full time employee working in industry, I have had the opportunity to work with Summer Students who I knew personally from these events. Going back to school after being laid off was a challenge, but the faculty, and the staff at St. Lawrence made it a fantastic experience. I would recommend this program and this school to anyone."



James Flanders, Senior Designer, Ministry of Transportation (MTO)

Program Contact

Ricky Cruz

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Unique learning opportunities: With a strong focus on municipal engineering, structural design, water resources and environmental engineering, the program provides you with a well-rounded education. Emphasis is placed on advanced computer applications, with students becoming proficient in both general and specialized civil software.

The addition of a brand new state-of-the-art asphalt lab has provided St. Lawrence with the ability to teach “Super Pave” technology, the new technology promoted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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