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Civil Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2017

Open for Winter 2018

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn to design and manage the construction of buildings, roads and bridges through hands-on courses that cover structural design, construction management and more in preparation for a career as a building inspector, construction project coordinator or estimator.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,280
Year 2: $5,073
Year 1 (International): $16,122
Year 2 (International): $15,399

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: academic achievement and a career investigation report. 

When can you apply?

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to May 31, 2017.

Winter 2018 start: applications open May 3, 2017.

Program Details

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.

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.

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 the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. 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.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

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    Admission Requirements

    Admission and Selection

    • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to May 31, 2017.
    • Winter 2018 start: applications open May 3, 2017.

    Admission Requirements

    Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

    • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, 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.

    SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

    Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

    Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

    Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

    Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

    Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted by May 31 (fall intake) or Oct. 24 (winter intake) to be included in selection. 

    Selection is done monthly, beginning in December and ending in July for fall intake and beginning in September and ending in November for winter intake.

    In the selection process, applicants will be assessed according to the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly. 

    Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on a waitlist in order of their ranking.

    Step 4: Apply to Civil Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts.

    Step 5: Log in to mySAIT to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you are "In Selection."

    Step 6: Submit the Career Investigation Report.

    • Applicants who fail to complete the Career Investigation Report will be excluded from selection.

    Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through

    Civil Engineering Technology requires a review of courses for which anticipated final grades were submitted.

    • For the fall intake, a transcript for courses completed in January must be submitted by March 1. A transcript for courses completed in June must be submitted by Aug. 1.
    • For the winter intake, a transcript for all courses must be submitted by before Dec. 1.

    Please send transcripts with these grades to These transcripts will then be forwarded to the Admissions office in Student Services.

    Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

    Communication During Selection

    Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

    We recommend you add and the domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.


    Program Outline

    First Year

    Semester 1

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    CIVL-222 Concrete Technology 3.0
    CIVL-252 Construction Practices Theory 3.0
    COMP-261 MS Office: An Introduction 1.5
    STCS-200 Civil Engineering Statics 3.0
    SURV-203 Civil Surveying 1.5
    MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech I 3.0
    Semester 1 Total 15.0


    Semester 2

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    CIVL-226 Soil Mechanics 3.0
    CIVL-201 Introduction to Civil Drafting 1.5
    COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
    ESTM-262 Estimating I and Construction Laboratory 3.0
    SMTL-246 Strength of Materials 3.0
    STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering & Tech l 3.0
    Semester 2 Total 16.5
    First Year Total 31.5

    Courses offered in either Semester 1 or 2

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    CIVL-201 Introduction to Civil Drafting 1.5
    ESTM-262 Estimating I and Construction Laboratory 3.0
    SURV-203 Civil Surveying 1.5

    Construction Management Major

    Second Year

    Semester 3

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    CIVL-312 Contracts and Regulations 1.5
    CIVL-315 Construction Management 3.0
    CIVL-326 Geotechnical Design 3.0
    CIVL-351 Structural Steel Design 3.0
    ESTM-360 Estimating II 3.0
    SURV-325 Surveys and GIS 1.5
    Semester 3 Total - Construction Management Major


    Semester 4

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    CIVL-340 Building Science and Systems 3.0
    CIVL-355 Reinforced Concrete Design 3.0
    CIVL-356 Construction Economics 3.0
    CIVL-358 Structural Wood Design 1.5
    ENVS-351 Environmental Engineering 1.5
    PROJ-386 CVT Construction Management Capstone 3.0
    Semester 4 Total - Construction Management Major
    Second Year Total - Construction Management Major 30.0
    Program Total - Construction Management Major   61.5

    Municipal Major

    Second Year

    Semester 3

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    CIVL-310 Urban Services 3.0
    CIVL-312 Contracts and Regulations 1.5
    CIVL-318 Water Resources 3.0
    CIVL-326 Geotechnical Design 3.0
    CIVL-328 Asphalt Technology 1.5
    CIVL-355 Reinforced Concrete Design 3.0
    Semester 3 Total - Municipal Major


    Semester 4

    Course CodeCourse NameCredit
    CIVL-315 Construction Management 3.0
    CIVL-351 Structural Steel Design 3.0
    CIVL-353 Transportation Engineering 3.0
    ENVS-351 Environmental Engineering 1.5
    PROJ-387 CVT Municipal Capstone Project 3.0
    SURV-325 Surveying and GIS 1.5
    Semester 4 Total - Municipal Major
    Second Year Total - Municipal Major 30.0
    Program Total - Municipal Major   55.5


    Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


    Domestic tuition and fees*

    YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
    1 $4,337 $420 $523 $5,280
    2 $4,130 $420 $523 $5,073

    International tuition and fees*

    YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
    1 $15,179 $420 $523 $16,122
    2 $14,456 $420 $523 $15,399

    SAIT fees

    Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
    Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $260

    SAIT Students' Association fees

    Health Plan: $110**
    Dental Plan: $125**
    SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

    Books and supplies*

    • Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 in the first year and $1,200 in the second year.
    • A $400 security deposit to use a SAIT issued laptop.

    Find out about tuition and financial aid.

    * Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
    ** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

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    Inspiring Stories

    SAIT is a family legacy for Luigi. His parents and grandfather all attended the institution, but that wasn't the only reason he chose SAIT.

    The two-year program goes from a more general overview to detailed coursework, bringing together hands-on learning and trips to see work in the industry to fully showcase what students can expect in the work force — something Brenda appreciated.

    With labs that focused on practical aspects of civil engineering, guests from the industry offering their expertise and a focus on the technical aspects that will be used in the work force, Hernan valued the program for its comprehensive curriculum.

    Luigi Calabretta
    Civil Engineerig Technology | 2016

    “The instructors were good and the classes are small, so they can give you lots of attention,” he says.

    Brenda Estoque
    Civil Engineering Technology | 2016

    “You actually get real experiences of how they do things,” she says.

    Hernan Calderon
    Civil Engineering Technology | 2016

    “It’s a very complete program. It gives you an idea of what it will be like when you’re done.”