Jan 26, 2023  
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog

Civil Engineering Technology


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Program Description


The Civil Engineering Technology program uses math, science and technical communication skills to design and manage the construction of buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. The program will prepare you to become a civil engineering design and construction professional. You will receive courses in: math, construction management, structural design, geotechnical engineering, material science, urban services, water resources, transportation infrastructure and technical communications.

In the labs, you will build a house, explore the strength of building materials, mix and test concrete and asphalt samples, and discover the importance of soil mechanics to building projects. In class, the program combines theoretical training, applied skills and laptop delivery modules.

This diploma program is two years in length, consisting of four 15-week semesters. The first two semesters are common to all students in the program. In the fourth semester, you will have the ability to specialize in Construction Management or Municipal Engineering. If an option is oversubscribed, selection is based on the first year cumulative grade point average.

This program accepts students into first semester in September as well as January. Students starting in the fall will study for two semesters per year with a summer break in between. Students starting in the winter semester will study for four consecutive semesters with a one or two week break between semesters.

Note: This program utilizes an e-Learning (SAIT issued laptop computer) instructional delivery method.

Program Overview


Gain the skills to design 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 and applied learning. You’ll gain knowledge on building science and the building process; this entails engineering and drafting principles, structural design, geotechnical engineering and construction management, including estimating and project scheduling.

You’ll also develop your knowledge on material science by exploring the strength of building materials, mixing and testing concrete 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. In your third and fourth semester, you will specialize in Construction Management or Municipal Engineering. The construction management specialization is buildings construction design and construction execution. The municipal specialization is infrastructure, services and roads. If a specialization option is oversubscribed, selection will be based on the first-year cumulative grade point average.

Fast Facts


  • 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.
  • You also have the option to take the program in the evening and weekends. 

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.

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

Credentials


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

Accreditation


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.

Progression


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


Majors


Construction Management

Municipal

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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