Civil Engineering Technology

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0104 | Open for International Students
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"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.

Program Details

Code 0104
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 3 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Highlights

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

Courses are designed to assist the student in achieving their CET, (Certified Engineering Technologist) designation if they choose to do so.

Program Outline


This course introduces students to the technical terminology, methods for classification, and physical characteristics of soils, bedrock, and groundwater. It identifies how Civil Technologists use these concepts in geotechnical, environmental and hydrogeological engineering. Students are introduced to the Record of Site Condition process and methods for property assessments and groundwater and soil remediation. Environmental assessments, environmental law and legal concepts are also explored.
This course introduces the basic concepts of physics through experiential learning activities and team building exercises. Students verify and use these concepts to solve applied problems in a team-based environment. Key topics include measurement, unit analysis, unit conversions, the analysis of vectors and their application to motion (kinematics).
This course introduces the concepts and techniques required to recognize, produce, obtain, and utilize information from a variety of graphical sources. Topics include: interpretation and production of plan view; orthogonal, section, and isometric projection drawings; site plans; engineering and construction drawings; scales; industry symbols; and drafting using both analog and digital drafting conventions.

This course examines the personal productivity for the microcomputer as commonly found in a business/technology environment. This course combines self-directed and facilitated learning to develop skills in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite with specific focus on the use of worksheets and charts in Excel, and databases in Access.

This course provides students with specific training in occupational health and safety to assist them in becoming a competent supervisor. The course emphasizes the practice of due diligence in reducing personal and professional liability. Awareness of actual and potential hazards and rights of workers is addressed.
In this course, students review operations with algebraic expressions and equations to prepare students to solve problems involving functions. Topics include: the study of measurement systems and unit conversions, trigonometry, linear equations, and solving systems of equations. Students apply these topics to practical problems related to technical fields of study.

Like any writing field, technical writing employs a wide variety of forms. It also addresses a diverse range of audiences: clients, technicians, supervisors, suppliers, etc. In this course, students explore ways of communicating technical information to laypersons and to specialist readers using standard professional formats. Particular emphasis is placed on lab reports and technical description.

In this course, students work individually and in teams. Assignments and discussions emphasize effective collaboration, audience analysis, appropriate formats and tone, clarity of communication, and the mechanics of correct syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Attention is also given to general reading, writing, editing, and collaboration strategies.

This course outlines the concepts, terminology and problem solving techniques in the field of physics, necessary for success in Engineering Technology. Areas of study include the following: kinematics, vectors, forces, moments, work, energy, power, and momentum.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 32 + MATH 101

In this course, students are introduced to engineering survey methods and their applications. Topics include: distance measurement; differential leveling; vertical and horizontal measurements; data verification; identifying systematic and random errors; field book and notation standards.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 101

Co-requisite(s): CIVL 65

This course explores the concept of sustainability by viewing the environment as a set of natural Earth systems that provide essential services to humans. Students explore the impacts of human activities on those systems, through the study of environmental contamination and climate change. Changing attitudes to the environment over the past 150 years are revealed through the study of environmental legislation for the management of water, waste and buildings.

This course provides an overview of construction documents and the Ontario Building Code. Topics include: navigating drawings and specifications; developing and interpreting construction documents; verifying construction requirements based on the Ontario Building Code; and navigating and interpreting the Ontario Building Code.

This course guides students through a number of hands-on exercises to develop and strengthen their AutoCAD techniques. Key topics include: productivity techniques, file organization, layer management, plotting to scale, tool selection, dimension and annotation, and application of a set of drafting standards.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 38

This intensive course promotes professionalism and introduces students to fundamental surveying techniques using automatic levels, theodolites, and field books. Working in teams students complete a series of short field exercises that simulate tasks completed by civil engineering technologists. Associated tasks include: calculations; field note preparation; sketches; quantity estimates and calculations; drawing preparation; and submittals using standard industry software.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 39

Co-requisite(s): CIVL 12

This course builds upon foundational math concepts previously studied and introduces basic calculus. Topics include: factoring quadratics, analytic geometry (lines/parabolas/circles), exponential and logarithmic equations, differentiation, and integration. Students apply these topics to practical problems related to civil technology field of study.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 101


In this course, students investigate fluid mechanics and apply related principles to practical civil engineering problems. The primary topics covered in this course include fluid properties, the measurement of pressure, the forces due to static fluids, and the use of the general energy equation to analyze fluid flow in pipes and conduits accounting for energy losses due to friction. An introduction to the analysis of steady open channel flow is also presented.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 11 + MATH 18

This lecture and lab based course introduces the quality assessment of natural water bodies, and the treatment of drinking water, wastewater, and surface water run-off. Topics include a discussion of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of inland water resources; and the potential effects of water pollution on these properties. Students investigate methods applied to the treatment of drinking water, wastewater and storm water runoff and measure water quality parameters through lab based activities.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 26

This course further develops the computer aided design (CAD) skills required in the Civil Engineering industry. Through a number of relevant, hands-on exercises, students develop skills and efficiency in designing and creating drawings that reflect an industry CAD standard applicable to Civil related projects. Topics include external referencing, annotations, scale plotted drawings, industry page setups, surveys.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 39

This course introduces the fundamentals of static loading on the behavior of structures, in particular, the quantifying of internal forces, which develop in the structure to maintain equilibrium. Fundamental concepts include the analysis of beams for shear and bending and the axial forces in truss elements.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 11 + MATH 18

This course introduces advanced surveying equipment to students through a number of relevant, hands-on exercises. Topics include total station and data collector familiarization, building layout, horizontal curve layout, vertical curve layout, cross-section generation, and topographical surveys.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 65

In this course students study techniques and applications of calculus in preparation for use in the field. Students develop and practice algebra skills using several methods of differentiation and integration that they can employ in the industry. Topics include geometric series, limits, and trigonometric identities.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 7

This course examines the mechanics of materials as demonstrated through the behaviour of structural elements. Topics include: beam and column analysis, stress, strain, and Young’s modulus for various common materials. Modeling software is introduced as a tool for quantifying and assessing the influence of variables such as cross-sectional and material properties, as well as the analysis of complex structural systems.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 46

The objective of this lab-based course is to illustrate the physical concepts of fluid flows and to introduce students to techniques for measuring fluid flow and pressure. The course reinforces the theory related to the properties of a fluid when at rest (static) and when in motion. Key topics include: flow through pressurized pipe networks, analysis of minor losses, water flow in open channels, measuring devices, pumps, and static fluid forces.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 13

In this lecture and lab-based course students perform aggregate and concrete sampling and testing, identify concrete components and types and properties of Portland cement, prepare concrete mix designs, complete inspection of structural reinforcing and concrete placing and curing techniques.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 1 + MATH 101

This course provides the student with the perspective of the owner or owner’s representative for large-scale construction projects. Students learn the construction team hierarchy; project budgeting and estimating techniques; the structure of contract specifications, standard conditions and clauses; dispute resolution; how contracts are generated and administered; and the various types of contracts (design-build; design-bid-build; private/public partnership (P3)) as well as sustainability standards and certifications relevant to the industry.

This course introduces the study of the distribution and movement of water on earth with the objective of designing urban infrastructure. Students learn the basic techniques used in the computation of design flows from hydrologic events and the routing of flows through systems. Key topics include; storm intensity and return period, surface water runoff, interception and infiltration, and the design of storm culverts and sewers.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 13 + CIVL 16

Pre-Requisites:  CIVL 40 - Computer Assisted Drafting and Design II (CAD II), CIVL 26 - Environmental Management

A study of the method by which land use is planned, controlled, and implemented in Ontario.  The course consists of both lecture and lab activities.  Lectures will be used to explain the scope and structure of typical planning principles and practice. Documents related to community planning including Municipal Official Plans, Zoning By-laws, and the Provincial Acts, Regulations and Policy statements will be discussed.  The labs will be used to carry out planning exercises directly related to the material covered in the lectures.

In this course, students carry out a number of experiments that help them understand and visualize how structural materials behave under various loading conditions. Students complete various lab experiments to investigate torsion; tensile strength; stress and strain; bending; and deflection.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 46


This course introduces the civil engineering student to the professional writing standards, such as OACETT. In this course students develop proficiency with report formatting for proposals and technical research reports. Both written and oral communication skills are practiced through the development of the written report and accompanying oral presentation. An emphasis is placed on research, problem solving, progress tracking, project management and appropriate formats. Editing for clarity, authority, and conciseness for professional acceptance is discussed and reinforced. Assessments and learning activities may be integrated with technical courses and/or industry partners.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 110

This course introduces students to the mechanical properties of soil and how it differs from other building materials. Topics include: geology, phase relationships, grain size distribution, compaction, sampling techniques, stresses and strain, consolidation, permeability, and angle of friction.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 13 + CIVL 23 + CIVL 56

This course provides an overview of the engineering related to structural steel design in accordance with the Handbook of Steel Construction. Students analyze and design common steel structures such as beams, trusses, connections, and columns using modeling and design software, while implementing applicable loadings as per relevant bridge and building codes.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 14 + CIVL 56

The course introduces students to the design of highways, roads and their associated pavement systems. Topics include: the geometric properties of curves and their use in the design standards for elements of highways, cross sectional elements, structural design concepts for the design of flexible and rigid pavement systems, climatic influences on design and specifications and design practices for the construction of base and sub bases.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 23 + CIVL 31 + CIVL 66

In this course, students learn about Asset Management, a methodology applied by municipalities to evaluate assets such as roads, bridges and underground infrastructure. Information such as present condition, rate of deterioration and required maintenance or rehabilitation are critical to the capital planning process and as such the field of asset management has quickly become a necessity for agencies struggling to maintain infrastructure, and prioritize spending. Students learn the basic principles of asset management through a combination of lecture, guest speaker presentations, field exercises, and computer based applications.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 31

This course is a fundamental building block in the skill set required for the successful Civil Engineering Technologist. Reinforced concrete is the base material for a large number of engineered structures and as such today’s technologist must have an exceptional understanding of the material’s behavior in order to effectively plan, design, specify and inspect a construction project which involves the use of reinforced concrete. Masonry design is introduced in this course, with an emphasis on typical construction assemblies utilizing concrete masonry units.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 14 + CIVL 23

The objective of this course is to introduce the basics of planning, hydraulic and engineering design, construction, operation and maintenance of sanitary sewage collection and water distribution systems. Students learn to apply fundamental fluid mechanics to solve applied hydraulic problems as they relate to municipal infrastructure. Topics include: quantifying water and sewer demand, sizing pressurized pipes, pump selection, distribution system layout, storage requirements, sizing of gravity sewers, and collection system configuration.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 18 + CIVL 25


This course introduces students to the properties of asphalt in engineering terms and introduces the concepts of design, rehabilitation, testing, production, placement, and inspection of asphalt pavements. Marshall and SuperPave methods are covered in detail.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 23

This course introduces the basic properties of wood as it relates to engineering and construction. Structural design of low, mid and high rise buildings is investigated along with the associated dimension lumber and engineered timber products. Typical residential framing techniques, as well as heavy timber design considerations are covered.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 20

This lab-based course is designed to simulate a soil mechanics lab environment. Students complete experiments and submit lab reports based on results and data analysis. Labs include: soil compaction, specific gravity, hydrometer, Atterberg limits, permeability, consolidation, and direct shear.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 10

This course focuses on the implementation of theoretical aspects of highway designs. Students utilize current highway design software to create a preliminary design of highways. Topics include: profiles, alignments, corridors, pipe networks, cut fill analysis, sheet generation, and plan production.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 22

The focus of the course is on preparing students for transition into the workforce, with an emphasis on professionalism, ethics, and interpersonal skills. Specific occupational health and safety training relevant to entry level civil engineering technologist positions is provided. The field placements obtained by students are typically from local employers such as engineering firms, contractors, municipalities, and various other government agencies.

This course introduces students to the development and interpretation of computational models of municipal infrastructure. Students use current industry software to identify infrastructure requirements and upgrades based on model outputs. Topics include: hydraulic model development, validation, and assessment for water distribution systems, and sanitary collection systems.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 31 + CIVL 64

This course provides students with the perspective of the general contractor, and focuses on preparing a bid submission for a heavy civil infrastructure project. Students are required to read and interpret specifications and drawings; complete material quantity take-offs, estimate equipment and labour requirements while accommodating sustainability requirements identified in the bid document. Current industry scheduling software is used to generate proposed construction schedule, and complete a bid form.

Prerequisite(s): CIVL 23

This course provides the student with the perspective of the owner or owner’s representative for large-scale construction projects. Students learn the construction team hierarchy; project budgeting and estimating techniques; the structure of contract specifications, standard conditions and clauses; dispute resolution; how contracts are generated and administered; and the various types of contracts (design-build; design-bid-build; private/public partnership (P3)) as well as sustainability standards and certifications relevant to the industry.


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.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. 



Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$30.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,390.92 CAD
$4,142.28 CAD

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$14,600.00 CAD
Program Fees
$30.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$2,102.25 CAD
$16,732.25 CAD

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.


Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

New Gym
Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates include working for 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, in the U.S., and overseas. 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.


"I developed meaningful relationships with my teachers and classmates (many of whom are now my colleagues) and secured a full-time job in my field before graduating. Thank you Civil Engineering Technology staff at St. Lawrence for helping me achieve my goals."
Amanda Grympa
"Since entering into the profession as a civil technologist, I have been involved in technical sales and project management with a precast concrete manufacturer. I am currently a sewer technologist/inspector specializing in trenchless rehabilitation for Utilities Kingston."
Robert Bowen


Student placement occurs during the last 4 weeks of the final 6th semester.  The placement is strategically placed as the placement often transfer into summer employment and/or full-time employment with the placement agency.  Students find their own placement with the assistance of a faculty coordinator.  The placement site is approved and monitored by the faculty.  Students are placed with Engineering Consulting firms,  municipalities such as the City of Kingston, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the Department of National Defence, and construction firms.

Student Placement Facilitator (SPF) Support

Confirmation of placement

Complete SLC placement Requirements

  • 6 training modules
  • Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
  • Student Covid 19 Waiver

Student Placement Facilitator will notify student of Agency specific requirements e.g.:

  • Immunizations (hospital/LTC)
  • CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR if required by site



Other Information

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Ricky Cruz
613.544.5400 ext. 1029

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514