North American College

 North American College

 of Information Technology

Diploma in Civil Engineering Design and Technology  

Program Length: 52 weeks

This program is offered at our Toronto Campus

Graduates of Civil Engineering Design & Technology programs have demonstrated achievement of vocational learning outcomes which relate to engineering in general and civil engineering in particular that are necessary to perform their roles according to recognized civil engineering practices. This enables graduates to evaluate assignments, establish objectives, set parameters, and determine and implement appropriate procedures and actions. Graduates are able to adhere to applicable laws, to exercise due diligence in the workplace, to adhere to health and safety practices, and to work in accordance with labour-management principles and practices. Graduates are prepared to assume responsibility for their work and may work independently or interdependently as part of a civil engineering or multi-disciplinary team.

Graduates of the Civil Engineering Design & Technology diploma program are trained to:

  • proposal development (construction of roads, bridges, sewers, water mains, and other infrastructure)
  • cost estimation
  • field work (materials testing and project administration)
  • apply communication, documentation, computer applications, information technology, and teamwork skills to support the civil engineering activities of an organization

The graduates work in a wide range of settings in both large and small organizations and in a variety of sectors in the civil engineering industry. Their activities could have a very broad range: design of processes, infrastructure, or systems; interpretation or preparation of specifications, drawings, or instructions; sales and marketing; purchasing operations; maintenance; field and customer service; estimating; quality management; production control; and management and supervision of projects and training.

A special feature of this program is the "capstone" Engineering Technology Project course taken at the end of the third term which includes such topics as: project management concepts; needs identification techniques; proposed solutions preparation; the project life cycle; the project manager's responsibilities and skills; the effective project team; types of project organizations; project communications and documentation; project planning, scheduling, and control; resource considerations; and cost planning and performance evaluation. In this course, students have the opportunity to replicate an actual civil engineering project under the direction of NAC's instructors who are also practicing professional engineers. 

Another feature is the Career Development course also taken in the final term which focuses on career planning and effective job search strategies, the techniques of researching companies, the basics of interviewing including a review of typical interview questions and role-playing, with all of this being presented and directed by senior practicing engineers who have direct and current experience with interviewing and hiring engineering technicians.

Course Outline

  1. Computer Application for Engineering
  2. Business Communication
  3. Physics
  4. Fundamentals in Mathematics
  5. Foundation Engineering
  6. Masonry Structural Design
  7. Blue Prints and Engineering Drawings
  8. Engineering Law
  9. Geo Environment
  10. Primavera (P3) Project Management
  11. Timberline & Construction Estimation
  12. Building Science & Home Inspection
  13. Ontario Building Code
  14. Staad Pro 2007
  15. AutoCAD
  16. MicroStation
  17. Engineering Project
  18. Career Development for Engineers

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians Diploma can work as:

  • Civil Engineering Technician,
  • Civil Engineering Technologist,
  • Construction Technologist,
  • Foundation Technologist,
  • Highway Technician,
  • Structural Design Technologist,
  • Structural Investigator,
  • Building Material Technician,
  • Home Inspector,
  • Civil Engineering Draft

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 (OSSD) or equivalent
  • If you are 19 years or older and do not have an OSSD or equivalent, a minimum passing score of 16 on the Wonderlic SLE entrance test
  • Grade 12 English and Math (College/University level or equivalent)
  • Good oral and written English skills
  • Admissions interview to determine suitability for the program.

Advance standing into term three is open to individuals holding engineering degrees or engineering technology diplomas provided that the complete the Engineering Law course. Other individuals may receive credit for theory and/or practical subjects if they have taken previous related courses. The amount of credit to be awarded is determined on an individual basis after an interview with the Program Director and a review of the student’s transcript of marks for the previous courses. Applicants will also have the opportunity to receive credit by challenging the Final Exam for that course and receiving a minimum passing score of 70% on the exam. The maximum credit that will be granted is 40% of the full program.