Civil Engineering Technician


Ontario College Diploma

Area Of Interest

Engineering Technology


2 years

Program Code



Start Dates & Ontario Colleges Program Codes:
Fall Start (September): 0319

Don’t Just Imagine Your Future - Build It!

A Civil Engineering Technician plays a key role in the health, safety and economic well-being of our communities.

As a graduate of our two-year program, you will gain knowledge in the design, construction and operation of water, soil, geomatics, roads, railways, bridges and buildings. At Confederation College, our small class sizes mean you will get great practical hands-on experience with the latest industry-standard technologies, including Computer-Aided-Drafting (CAD), Project Scheduling Software and Surveying. If you have good math skills, a logical mind and the desire to build upon the world around you, the Civil Engineering Technician program will give you the tools you need to succeed.

Top Highlights

  • Training with the latest industry-standard technologies
  • Planned work placement plus optional co-op placement provides industry experience
  • Opportunity to work in a variety of fields including, but not limited to city planning, maintenance, mining, bridges, highways, rail and construction specialty projects, and more!


Explore what our students, alumni and employers have to say about the Civil Engineering Technician program. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. develop and use strategies to enhance professional growth and ongoing learning in the civil engineering field.
  2. comply with workplace health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  3. complete duties and monitor that work is performed in compliance with contractual obligations, applicable laws, standards, bylaws, codes and ethical practices in the civil engineering field.
  4. promote and carry out sustainable practices in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements.
  5. facilitate the collaboration and interaction among the project team and project stakeholders to support civil engineering projects.
  6. collect, process, analyze and coordinate technical data to produce written and graphical project-related documents.
  7. use industry-specific electronic and digital technologies to support civil engineering projects.
  8. participate in the design and modeling phase of civil engineering projects by applying engineering concepts, technical mathematics and principles of science to the review, production and/or modification of project plans.
  9. contribute to the scheduling and coordination and cost estimation of civil engineering projects and monitor their progression by applying principles of construction project management.
  10. coordinate and perform quality control testing and evaluate equipment, materials and methods used in the implementation and completion of civil engineering projects.
  11. apply teamwork, leadership, supervision and interpersonal skills when working individually or within multidisciplinary teams to complete civil engineering projects.


Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Civil Engineering Technician program at Confederation College is designed to equip students with the practical skills and knowledge required for a successful career in civil engineering. Our program offers valuable experiential learning opportunities through Optional Co-op and Field Work components, ensuring that students gain firsthand experience in the industry.

  • Optional Co-op: This program feature offers students a chance to engage in paid work experiences, which occur outside of the academic term. The co-op provides practical, hands-on experience in real-world work environments, allowing students to apply the theories and techniques learned in class to actual engineering projects. This not only enhances their learning but also prepares them for future employment by developing their professional skills and building industry connections.
  • Field Work: Students will participate in field work exercises, which are integral to understanding the practical aspects of civil engineering. These sessions are designed to complement classroom learning, offering students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-life situations, conduct site investigations, and understand the complexities of civil engineering projects in various environments.

Through these experiential learning opportunities, students in the Civil Engineering Technician program are prepared to meet the challenges of the field with practical experience, critical problem-solving skills, and a deep understanding of civil engineering principles.

Highlights for me include being outside of the classroom – surveying and doing the hands-on labs – it’s just a really good experience for being in the...
Trenton W.

Employment Opportunities

With a work placement in second year, many students secure full-time employment at their placement organizations upon graduation. As a qualified Civil Engineering Technician, there are many career paths available to you. Graduates find employment in project planning and design, testing soils, concrete and other construction materials, cost estimating, construction inspection and supervision, contract administration, management and infrastructure maintenance, restoration and repair. Employment opportunities in this industry are available locally, regionally and around the world.

As a graduate of this program, you will find entry-level opportunities with consultants, contractors and government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. With experience, you can expect to move on to management positions within these organizations.

CLICK ... to explore Careers in this field

For graduates of the Civil Engineering Technician program at Confederation College, the following job roles would be relevant to search:

  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Construction Project Coordinator
  • Site Inspector
  • CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Technician
  • Surveying Technician
  • Municipal Engineering Assistant
  • Environmental Technician
  • Infrastructure Technician
  • etc

Lesley Dell

Program Coordinator
(807) 475-6124

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