Program Overview

This two-year diploma program develops students' skills to play a key role in industrial, commercial and institutional building development. Students will learn about materials and methods, construction equipment, project management and much more. Students will apply their knowledge and gain industry experience through a co-op term.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
60 Weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

Your Learning Experience

Construction engineering technicians go far beyond just swinging a hammer. They work with general contractors, consultants, and owners to bid for construction work, conduct quality inspections and assist with the organization/supervision and participation of various trades involved in a construction project. The Construction Engineering Technician program will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of construction document interpretation, on-site building engineering and safety, project costs (labour, materials and equipment), building codes and construction contracts, site management practices, construction surveying, and building materials.


In just two years, students in the Construction Engineering Technician program are able to develop the technical knowledge and skills required to play a key role in the construction of industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings from the planning stage through to completion. Studies include construction materials and methods, construction equipment, surveying, project management, scheduling, estimating, building economics, and construction contracts. The program also includes co-operative work experience as an integral part of the program, providing students with invaluable industry experience before graduation. 


Students in this program also have the opportunity to continue into the three-year Construction Engineering Technology advanced diploma program currently offered at Fanshawe. In just two semesters, students proceeding into the advanced diploma program will develop additional technical, business and interpersonal skills required to effectively oversee and manage construction projects of varying size and complexity.


Career Information

Graduates of the Construction Engineering Technician program can expect excellent employment opportunities with general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, building developers and government departments in a variety of roles such as:

  • Superintendents
  • Field engineers
  • Expeditors
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Estimators
  • Inspectors
  • Schedulers
  • Contract and project managers

After gaining experience in the industry, graduates may be able to move into construction management roles.

Graduates can also attain their Certified Engineering Technician professional designation through OACETT, post-graduation. Graduates will be well-positioned to obtain several additional professional designations with multiple governing bodies in the construction industry should they pursue the additional year of education in the 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 construction engineering field.
  2. Comply with workplace health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  3. Complete duties in compliance with contractual obligations, applicable laws, standards, bylaws, codes and ethical practices in the construction engineering field.
  4. Carry out sustainability practices in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements.
  5. Collaborate with and facilitate communication among project stakeholders to support construction projects.
  6. Collect, process and interpret technical data to produce written and graphical project-related documents.
  7. Contribute to the collecting, interpreting and applying of survey/geomatics and layout information to implement construction projects.
  8. Identify and use industry-specific electronic and digital technologies to support the design and construction of projects.
  9. Contribute to the resolution of technical problems related to the design and implementation of construction projects by applying engineering concepts, basic technical mathematics and building science.
  10. Assist in the scheduling and monitoring of the progression of construction projects by applying principles of construction project management.
  11. Assist in the preparation of accurate estimates of time, cost, quality and quantity, tenders and bids.
  12. Perform quality control testing and monitoring of equipment, materials and methods involved in the implementation and completion of construction projects.
  13. Apply teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills when working individually or within multidisciplinary teams to complete work on construction projects.


Program Coordinator

Marc Milton

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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following courses:

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Math (C or U) - MCT4C preferred*

* A minimum grade of 60% is required for Grade 12 Foundations for College Math (MAP4C). This math course may not provide adequate academic preparation for this program and therefore applicants with this course may be required to take additional preparatory Math as part of their program of study.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admission requirements for this program.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years - International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years - A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years - Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

- Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)

- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)

- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)

- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Construction Engineering Technology (C)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

Summer employment in construction or related activity.
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate mastery of the course learning objectives.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Application Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be: 1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario 2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full) 3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

Note: Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Construction Engineering Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Construction Engineering Technology - Management program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Construction Engineering Technology - Management program.

Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

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Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CONS-1078Construction Technologies 13
This course will introduce students to basic software and technologies being utilized by the construction industry. Students will be introduced to document writing, data management, drawing markup, and basic quantity surveying software.
MATH-1036Mathematics in Technology 13
Students explore the following topics: scientific notation, estimation, basic algebra, trigonometry and radian measure applications solutions of right triangles and carry out mathematical applications in Architectural, Civil and Construction Technology.
SFTY-1029Health & Safety3
This course will familiarize students with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Construction Regulations, governing bodies, and safety best practices, relevant to the construction industry in the province of Ontario.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.
MATS-1028Methods & Materials 15
This course will introduce students to various types of commercial construction and associated materials. Investigations will include: soil excavations, below-grade concrete formwork and placement, and masonry.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
CONS-1059Quantity Surveying 13
This is an introductory course for the quantity surveying of simple commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings on a level site. Students will learn to apply the principles and rules for take-off, calculation of material areas and volumes, including the measurement of concrete quantities, and blueprint reading.
SURV-1010Construction Surveying 13
This course is an introduction to surveying basics and will enable the student to use the fundamental survey equipment required for construction site work. Exercises in level operation, distance measurement, angle layout and measurement, and note keeping will be undertaken on field sites.
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Tuition Summary

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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.