Apr 21, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Civil Engineering Technology

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Civil Engineering Technology

Gain the skills to design, draft, cost and manage the construction of buildings, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects.

Become a civil engineering design and construction professional through our hands-on learning approach that combines theoretical training, advanced technology and applied learning. You’ll gain knowledge on building science and the building process; this entails engineering, drafting both 2D and 3D, construction management, virtual and augmented technology, structural design, geotechnical engineering, construction management principles, including estimating and project scheduling.

You’ll also develop your knowledge on material science by exploring the strength of building materials, building science and sustainability, mixing concrete, testing materials and asphalt samples, and discovering the importance of soil mechanics to building projects. In addition, you’ll learn about urban services, water resources, transportation infrastructure and technical communications.

This two-year diploma program consists of four 15-week semesters. The first two semesters are common to all students in the program to prepare you for your second-year options. In your third and fourth semester, you will specialize in Construction Management (CM), Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) or Municipal Engineering (MD). The construction management specialization is buildings construction design, estimating and construction execution for both residential and commercial construction. The virtual design and construction (VDC) option focuses on advanced construction communication technology, digital drafting, and design delivery in the virtual world from 2D to HoloLens. The municipal specialization focuses on infrastructure services and road design. If a specialization option is oversubscribed, selection will be based on the first-year cumulative grade point average.

This program has fall, winter and spring intakes. If you start in the fall, you’ll study for two semesters per year with a summer break in between. If you start in the winter or spring, you will study for four consecutive semesters and have one- or two-week breaks between semesters. 

Program Overview

Your Career

Graduates find diverse work as civil engineering technologists. The following job titles may be received upon completion of program: civil engineering design technologist, traffic technologist, building inspector, materials testing technologist, estimator and construction project coordinator.

  • Graduates of the Civil Engineering Technology program have a 94% employment rate

Student Success

Proficiency in the following skills will help Student success: mathematical skills, science skills (Physics), communication skills (oral and written), problem-solving skills, and ability to work in a team environment or on your own.

If you are an applicant with Applied Math 30 you should consider upgrading as the path to enter SAIT. If you are confident of your algebra and trigonometry skills, you may wish to complete an assessment exam to evaluate your math skills. Achieving a score of at least 65 per cent on the SAIT Mathematics 30 Assessment Exam demonstrates knowledge to the level required and is acceptable as an equivalent.

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT’s programs.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Civil Engineering Technology.


This program is nationally accredited, at the technologist level, by Technology Accreditation Canada. Graduates are eligible for membership in The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in Alberta (ASET). The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors recognizes the program as training for a qualified estimator and quantity surveyor.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1, AND,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or at least 75% in English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • At least 60% in Science 30 or Physics 20.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

First Year

Second Year


Construction Management


Virtual Design and Construction

Total Credits 61.5

Program Outcomes

1. Use research, critical thinking skills and innovation to create solutions in a civil engineering environment.

2. Evaluate existing civil infrastructure elements and prepare reports including recommendations in a civil engineering environment.

3. Apply all levels of regulatory guidelines to design civil infrastructure elements and prepare construction documentation in a civil engineering environment.

4. Prepare, evaluate and complete cost estimates using appropriate resources to support project viability in a civil engineering environment.

5. Apply current management techniques to control construction projects in a civil engineering environment.

6. Collaborate effectively with diverse individuals and organizations to achieve goals in a civil engineering environment.

7. Apply industry standards and ethical requirements with personal and professional accountability and responsibility in a civil engineering environment.

8. Incorporate health and safety standards in design and construction activities in the civil engineering environment.

9. Apply knowledge of materials to solve engineering problems and support civil engineering projects.

10. Apply oral, written, non-verbal and graphic communication skills to clearly, concisely and accurately covey information to internal and external stakeholders, commensurate with the task, ranging from simple notes to complex reports and presentations.

11. Use industry based current and emerging technologies, computer hardware and software, techniques, materials, survey and data collection methods to support civil engineering projects.

12. Assess the environmental implications of a civil engineering project.

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