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Earn a diploma in civil engineering - 2021/2022

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.

What to expect from our civil engineering courses

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 experience in the field of civil engineering, with a full twelve months of paid co-op.

Graduate with a diploma in civil engineering

When you graduate, your career options will be as dynamic as your training. Work with consulting engineers, surveyors, testing and inspection firms, government agencies and contractors involved in road and building construction and subdivision development. Whatever your path, civil engineering is a vital and respected career path.

CEWIL Canada: Co-operative education and work-integrated learning.This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

Concrete Technology Photos

Jamie Calwill
Civil Engineering

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.

CEY2 program progressions

Fall (September) start date:

Fall Winter Summer
Start Level 1 Level 2 Co-op
Level 3 Level 4 Co-op
Co-op Level 5 Level 6

Winter (January) start date:

Winter Summer Fall
Start Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Level 4 Co-op Co-op
Level 5 Level 6 Co-op



Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    -Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) (preferred)
    -Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    -Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    -Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
    -Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics* (C) (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    -Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) (preferred)
    -Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    -Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    -Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
    -Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics* (C) (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grade stated above

  • Applicants who lack required courses may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.
  • *Students entering with Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) will be required to take additional preparatory mathematics as part of their program of study.

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
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, 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

  • 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

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

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.


Civil Engineering Technology-2021/2022

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.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
This intermediate level course introduces other AutoCAD drawing commands and procedures required for the efficient production of Civil Engineering related working drawings. Engineering drawing production (such as road cross sections, subdivisions, structures etc.) will utilize scale and text size manipulation, advanced dimensioning, use of AutoLisp applications and external reference files. Students will create attribute data and build tables from extracted data and learn to use paper space and annotative scaling with confidence.
CIVL-1002Highway Design Fundamentals4
This is an introductory course, covering the calculation of cross-sectional areas of Cuts and Fills for road earthworks using various methods. Using the calculated areas, the Total grading volumes of Cuts and Fills are then found for a small project, using various methods. Chainage Equations will be examined. Circular Horizontal Curves, and the calculations required for their layout on a construction site, are examined, using the Traditional Chord-deflection Layout method and Long Chord method. Parallel Curves are calculated. Parabolic Vertical Curves, K values, Critical Points, and the calculations for the centreline elevations through the curves are examined. The Setting of Grades for a roadways Centreline Elevation Grades onto stakes during actual road building is discussed, using the Grade Rod method.
ENGR-3011Civil Engineering Statics 22
This is an intermediate course in Structural Mechanics. It covers Equilibrium, Free Body Diagrams, identification of loading conditions, and types of supports used in the calculation of reactions for beams and trusses. Forces acting on individual structural elements of trusses under various loading conditions are evaluated. Zero-Force members are identified. The Method of Joints, Method of Joint Rotation, and the Method of Sections are used to analyze truss systems.
GEOM-1006Electronic Surveys2.5
Electronic Surveys covers the full extent of digital and mathematical manipulation of field data as encountered in engineering field work and provides instruction in data point manipulation from field data capture and post processing to plan creation. The course includes total station and GPS work for data capture in the field using data collectors, and computations (both field and lab) using COGO software packages ,all integrated with Civil 3D for graphic presentation.
MATH-3011Mathematics in Technology 23
This course introduces the students to the following topics: factoring, fractions and fractional equations; solutions of the quadratic equations; exponents, radicals, logarithms and logarithmic equations and graphing Semi-Log Charts.
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.
SURV-5005Survey Field Application1.5
An advanced survey course that provides an opportunity for students to practically apply knowledge gained in their first year of study. Students will complete field exercises that parallel survey applications and procedures utilized in a variety of construction settings. Exercises include roadway curve layout, topographical information capture, and sewer layout.
INDS-3001Water & Civilization3
Rivers have determined the location of our cities and towns, are vital transportation routes, and are valuable recreational resources. From early aqueducts to modern dams and canals, we have endeavoured to control, restrain and redirect water from its natural courses for our own purposes. Alterations made to harness a river's power and potential are the remedy to, and sometimes the cause of, catastrophic flooding that threatens to destroy houses, buildings, roads and lives. Through lectures, case studies, group discussions and films this course will introduce students to the behaviour and characteristics of natural rivers and the importance of water to our civilization historically, currently, and into the future.
DRAF-3020Civil Engineering Drawings2
This intermediate level course provides the student with the opportunity to prepare and study the composition of civil engineering and survey type drawings. Typically, the student will be required to produce: a site contour plan, various site plans, a structural steel detail; and a plan/profile drawing, with cross-section drawings of a road. Time limit drawings are done to improve the students' preparation time.

Level 3
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CADD-5003Civil Engineering AutoCAD Drawing3
This is an advanced level Computer Aided Drafting and Design course in which the student will use the latest version of AutoCad software to prepare drawings up to a 'Working Drawing' level. The mathematical computing, and direct data entry features of AutoCAD are used to develop civil detailed drawings.
CONS-1008Construction Materials3
This intermediate level course involves the study of the properties of concrete as a major construction material. Types of regular and innovative cements, aggregates, and admixtures used in the manufacture of concrete are studied. Concrete mix designs are prepared and tested by the student. Quality control of mixing, transporting, placing, curing, and finishing of concrete is an important part of this course. Strength properties of both fresh and hardened concrete are studied and demonstrated through laboratory testing. Pre-stressed concrete technology is introduced.
CIVL-5001Highway Technology 14
The student shall apply current design standards to solve problems related to the design and layout of roads and highways. This course will increase awareness of the role of highways and streets in society, and enable the student to communicate more effectively in terms related to the subject.
CIVL-1044Soil Mechanics4
Students explore the following topics: Soil-Formation Processes and resulting land forms; Soil Classification; Sampling Methods; Atterberg Limits, Soil Plasticity and Plastic/Liquid Limits; Mass -Volume Relationships; Permeability; Hydraulic Gradient; critical hydraulic gradient ; Wells and Flow Rates;Compaction and Consolidation (Soil Settlement); Bearing Strength, Soil Stability and Soil Stress (Total Stress, Effective Stress and Pore Water Pressure). Lab experiments include: Visual Identification; Atterberg Limits; Hydrometer; Proctor Densities; Balloon Density; Specific Gravity; Permeability; Unconfined Compression Direct Shear; and Tri-Axial tests.
MATS-1016Mechanics of Materials5
This course applies the laws and principles of statics to beam design. The student learns to determine the centroid, moment of inertia and radius of gyration of simple and more complex sections. The application, of these to the structural engineering field and the mechanical properties of materials is demonstrated and discussed.
MATH-3013Mathematics in Technology 33
This course is designed to introduce the student to: determinants and matrics; solutions of further types of algebraic equations; synthetic division; the solution of absolute and algebraic inequalities; binomial theorem and plane analytic geometry: Practical applications to Civil Engineering will be studied.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CIVL-5002Highway Technology 24
The planning of a new highway route is examined, with Air Photo interpretation. The process of road building is reviewed, including site clearing, topsoil, culverts and drainage (both surface and sub-surface drainage). Rock blasting, and rock cuts/fills and Earth cuts and fills are discussed. Compaction theory, compaction equipment and compaction testing are closely examined. The actions of frost and frost treatments, swamp treatments and geotextiles are reviewed, as well as Granular 'A' and Granular 'B.' Soil stabilization, lower-cost Surface Treatments, and Road Rehabilitation methods are discussed. Asphalt, aggregates, asphalt production, and placement on the road are studied, as well as the basics of Asphalt Mix Designs. Pavement structure, ESALs (Equivalent Standard Axle Loads) and basic design are reviewed.
CIVL-1007Fluid Mechanics4
This intermediate level course covers the topics of gauges, hydrostatics, buoyancy, the general energy equation, pump and turbine efficiencies, friction and minor losses, series and loop equivalent systems and open channel flow. Included are lab experiments to verify and apply the theory and to cover additional topics such as calibration of flow measuring devices.
CIVL-3002Theory of Structures5
In this intermediate course, students are introduced to essential elements of structural theory. Principles of equilibrium, stability, limit state design and theory as applied to crane systems, statically determinate beams and frames, columns and beam columns are studied. Methods for analyzing applied forces and force effects on structural elements and systems will also be studied.
This course is an introduction to the applications of differential and integral calculus of algebraic functions. The applications include related rates, maximum and minimum, study of motion, areas, volumes, centroids, moment of inertia, work, and fluid pressure.
GEOM-3004Geographic Information Systems 13
This introductory course in GIS introduces Civil Engineering students to the fundamental principals of GIS, particularly as they relate to geomatics, engineering, utilities and land development. The student is also introduced to ArcMap software which enables them to generate the graphic resultant component of GIS. Within the context of a final major collective project, the students will generate a functioning land based GIS from the ground up.
COMP-5018Civil Engineering Computer Applications4
This course is to familiarize the student with Autodesk Civil 3D along with other civil engineering software packages available at the college and used for Civil Engineering.

Level 5
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CIVL-5008Storm & Sanitary Drainage Design3.5
This advanced level course will enable the student to determine sanitary sewage volumes as well as runoff volumes for storm sewer design using rational as well as zero runoff methods. The student will design storm and sanitary sewer systems for a subdivision project using current methods. The student will also study the design of sewage pumping stations, sewage lagoons, and septic tanks with tile bed systems.
CIVL-3008Building Science3
This course provides an introductory and intermediate presentation of the basic concepts of physical science while developing general problem solving skills. Topics include motion and mechanical energy, light and lenses, heat and heat transfer, waves and sound, and electrical energy. Some physics applications to engineering practice is studied.
CIVL-3003Surface Flows3
This course deals with the study of hydrology at the introductory level. Topics covered include precipitation, runoff, stream gauging, hydrograph analysis, storage reservoir sizing, and flood estimating.
CIVL-5009Steel Design4
In this advanced level course, limit states design approaches used in the design of structural steel elements and systems are studied. The course will cover structural load evaluation, standard design techniques and selection of structural steel members using current structural and building design codes. Structural elements and systems studied will include beams, columns, open web members and systems, frames and connections related to buildings.
CIVL-5010Structural Drawing & Detailing1
This advanced level course will cover the fundamentals of detailing and drawing of structural elements and systems with emphasis on steel structures and buildings. Students will study standardized structural detailing and computer techniques for drawing steel projects. Structural elements and systems to be detailed and drawn will include beams, columns, open web members and systems, frames and connections. The course will also cover standard methods for estimating the cost of structural elements and system.
MGMT-1001Contract Administration3
In this course, the student studies engineering and construction related contract documents. Types of contracts, the stages of construction projects and principles of Contract law are studied and will assist the student as an inspector on a construction project, and in the preparation of contract specifications and plans.
COMM-5028Technical Report Prod for Bldg Tech'y3
This course requires the student to perform primary and secondary research in the production and presentation of various types of formal reports. The presentation includes designing a persuasive oral presentation.
CIVL-1005Construction Methods3
This course will provide a study of the performance features and capacities of various types of heavy construction equipment, including Dozers, Scrapers, Excavators, Hauling Equipment, and Cranes. This study will utilize time studies to calculate production rates and production costs of the equipment, as related to civil engineering projects. The course will look at the bank, loose and compacted measurements of earth and rock, and introduce Mass Hauls on large projects. It will also provide an introduction to OTM Book 7 and Traffic Control for roadway projects.

Level 6
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CIVL-5005Municipal Engineering4
The student will redesign a city street using appropriate design criteria and prepare a construction plan for the work. Using contract drawings and documents, the student will estimate costs for the submission of tender documents for the construction of a sanitary sewer. The legislation related to municipal engineering works is studied.
CIVL-5006Reinforced Concrete & Foundations5
In this advanced level course, the student will study concepts of reinforced concrete design using limit states design method and current codes of practice. The course will cover the selection, design, detailing and drawing of structural systems and elements including beams, slabs, walls and columns. Also, foundation design, detailing and drawings for buildings and other structures will be studied. Students will complete a reinforced concrete structural design, detailing and drawing project.
CIVL-1033Quantities for Civil Eng Projects3
In this course, students are introduced to Quantity Surveying for Civil Projects and structures. Included will be the application of principles and rules for takeoff, calculation of areas and volumes, and the measuring of quantities for Civil structures and designs - such as Industrial Buildings, including sitework, concrete and formwork, masonry, and structural steel.
DRAF-5009Environmental Drafting3
This course involves specialized drafting projects associated with environmental courses of the Civil Engineering Technology Program.
MATH-5018Statistical Data Management2
This course is a study of statistics, a branch of Mathematics dealing with the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of numerical sampling data. A study of concepts of probability and sampling gives the student an appreciation of the nature of variation and an understanding of the fundamentals for decision making.
ENVR-5004Environmental Technology3
This course investigates water quality and the sources of water supply for municipalities. The design of water distribution systems are analyzed including watermain sizing, hydraulics, storage and valve and hydrant placement. The processes involved in the treatment of water are studied with respect to the creation of safe drinking water as well as the treatment and disposal of sanitary sewage. Handling of Municipal Solid waste will also be investigated.
CIVL-1043Civ Eng Economics & Math of Finance3
This course will provide the student of Civil Engineering with an understanding of economic issues related to the field of civil engineering: personal finance, investments, depreciation and replacement costs, cost-benefit analysis, insurance, municipal finance and an understanding of business organization.

Co-op Course
Take the following Mandatory Course -
Normally taken in Level 1 or 3
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.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 6 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 3 and 4

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 37 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from this program will become part of the overall engineering team concerned with the design, construction, supervision and operation of all types of civil projects. Graduates will be employed by consulting engineers, surveyors, government agencies and contractors who maintain, manage, design and supervise the building of vital infrastructure of our cities and towns.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Co-operative Education Program
A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
Program Code: CEY2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September/January Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology: 519-452-4414

Program Description

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 Civil Engineering profession. Applied research activities by Professors expose students to real life engineering practices, challenges and solutions.

Other Information

  • Students entering the program in January 2021 will be in school continuously until the end of the Winter term, 2022 before commencing a co-op term.

Co-operative Education

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.  More information about Co-operative Education can be found at

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*.

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Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September
2022 January

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
2022 January
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Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks