Program Overview

Civil Engineering Technology is a three-year Ontario college advanced diploma program. Students will learn the design of steel frame and reinforced concrete buildings. Courses are focused on developing the skills to select and test construction materials, proficiency with computer assisted design and drafting, electronic surveying methods, and writing technical reports. Graduating students will enter the workforce with experience through twelve months of paid co-op.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2025 January
2023 September
2024 January
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2025 January
2023 September
2024 January
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

Infrastructure is the glue that keeps cities and towns connected, vibrant, and safe. From water, to storm, sewer and highway systems, our health and safety relies on trained and experienced civil engineers to maintain, design and build the vital infrastructure of our cities and towns.

With Fanshawe’s Civil Engineering Technology program, you'll study structural engineering concepts like the design of steel frame and reinforced concrete buildings. In our civil engineering courses you will analyze theories for the treatment of water, sewage and solid wastes. You will learn how to select and test construction materials and develop skills in computer assisted design (CAD) and drafting, electronic surveying methods and writing technical reports. With a diploma in civil engineering you will be trained to ensure that our communities remain safe and connected by learning on cutting-edge engineering technology, and with in-class lectures. As well, you'll receive hands-on work experience in the field of civil engineering, with a full twelve months of paid co-op.

This three-year co-operative program provides training in both the municipal and structural areas. The design of steel frame and reinforced concrete buildings is studied in the structural courses. Training is provided in materials testing and computer-aided drafting. Municipal topics include the design and construction of water distribution systems, storm, and sanitary sewerage networks, storm water management and highways. Theories for the treatment of water, sewage, and solid wastes are analyzed. Survey courses provide training in the use of high-tech survey equipment and techniques of plane surveying, as related to the profession of a Civil Engineering Technologist. Applied research activities by Professors expose students to real life engineering practices, challenges and solutions.


Career & Co-op Opportunities

This three-year program has three co-op work terms.  Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. 

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Civil Engineering Technology program can pursue a career across many industries, including residential and commercial construction, building inspection, civil projects (pipelines, road repair, etc.), surveying, materials testing and more.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Civil Engineering Technology program:

CAD Technologist
Assist in the production of computer aided drawings from concept to final design for aerial and underground infrastructure projects.

Civil Designer
Perform civil engineering design and drafting related to site plan and land development projects, including grading design, storm and sanitary design, and stormwater management modeling.

Civil Engineering Technologist
Work on projects such as infrastructure renewal, new subdivision servicing, site/lot development/grading plans, sewer and watermain design and storm water management.


Program Progressions

Fall Intake 

Start Level 1Level 2Co-op
Level 3Level 4Co-op
Co-opLevel 5Level 6


Winter Intake 

Start Level 1Level 2Level 3
Level 4Co-opCo-op
Level 5Level 6Co-op



Civil Engineering Technology students in the Concrete Technology lab.

I came to Fanshawe's civil engineering program to start over. I worked at the Ford St.Thomas Assembly Plant that closed in September 2011. Fanshawe's civil engineering courses have had a fantastic impact on my life. I now have a career in Civil Engineering, new life-long friends and the security of having a chance at great jobs to support my family.

Jamie Calwill
Civil Engineering


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*.


Program Coordinator:

Matt Carson


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

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 Construction Engineering Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U) is strongly recommended
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U) 
  • Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U)
  • Word Processing and/or Data Handling Skills
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

Civil Engineering Technologists apply mathematical principles in solving construction related problems, so students entering the program are expected to be reasonably proficient in math related courses.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant 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
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Civil Engineering Technology program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Civil Engineering Technology program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Civil Engineering Technology program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

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Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-1008Basic AutoCAD3
This introductory level Computer Aided Drafting and Design course begins the student's training in computer drafting. Linework creation, text creation and data extraction are the basis of the course. The content is expanded beyond the basics to enable the production of plans and drawings through layer management and file creation and manipulation.
CIVL-1001Fundamentals of Computation3
This introductory course for Civil Engineering students provides the fundamentals of land-based coordinate geometry calculations, as applied to all areas of civil field work. These skills are used in all aspects of civil engineering layout and location work for road, building and utility service construction. These tools will provide a means for building a mathematical model of the civil engineering field world.
COMP-1039Computer Operations3
This course is designed to introduce students to the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Through classroom instruction and lab assignments, students develop competence in the various uses of the system and software for technological applications.
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.
ENVR-1017Sustainability in the Built Environment3
This is an introductory course that investigates sustainability in the built environment. Students will explore the topic as it applies to environmental stewardship, professional practices, and certifications as well as investigate sustainable building design, construction, and maintenance approaches and practices.
ENGR-1019Civil Engineering Statics 12
This is an introductory course in structural mechanics. It covers vectors, vector resultants, forces, types of force systems, force components, equilibrium, force diagrams, moments, and types of loading conditions encountered in Civil Engineering. Beams and trusses used extensively in buildings and other structures are introduced
SURV-1008Plane Surveying-Intro3
This course in surveying provides the civil engineering student with the basic essential skills required to use levels, chains and theodolites to capture - and lay out - vertical and horizontal survey data as required in engineering field work.
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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.