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Civil Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2021

Closed for Fall 2021 (International)

Open for Spring 2022 (Evenings/Weekends)

Open for Winter 2022

Waitlisted for Winter 2022 (International)

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

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Upcoming Information Sessions

All courses in this program will be delivered online (OA, OS, OR) for the Fall 2021 semester.
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Overview

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 the 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.

Is this the right fit for me?

Proficiency in the following will help you succeed in this program:

  • mathematical skills
  • science skills (Physics)
  • communication skills (oral and written)
  • problem-solving skills
  • 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% on the SAIT Mathematics 30 Assessment Exam demonstrates knowledge to the level required and is acceptable as an equivalent.

Accreditation

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.

Credential

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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • civil engineering design technologist 
  • traffic technologist 
  • building inspector 
  • materials testing technologist 
  • estimator 
  • construction project coordinator 

Related careers include: 

  • drafting technician 
  • construction estimator 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,475
Year 2 Construction Management or Municipal: $6,231

Year 1 (International): $19,574
Year 2 Construction Management or Municipal (International): $19,037

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for spring 2022 open June 14, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
*Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022

*Please note: spring/summer intake, classes run 3:30 pm to 9 pm most weekdays and sometimes on Saturdays.

How to apply

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How digital technology is changing the way we learn and work in construction.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications open June 14, 2021.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: Four 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: Apply to Civil Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply

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 construction.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-222 Concrete Technology 3.0
CIVL-252 Construction Practices Theory 3.0
COMP-261 Applied Digital Technologies 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 Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-226 Soil Mechanics 3.0
CIVL-201   Introduction to Civil Drafting 1.5
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ESTM-262 Estimating l 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

Courses offered in either Semester 1 or 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
ESTM-262 Estimating I and Construction Laboratory 3.0
SURV-203  Civil Surveying 1.5

Second year: Construction Management major

Semester 3 - Class A

Course Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-312 Contracts and Regulations 1.5
CIVL-315 Project Planning and Control 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 Geographic Information Systems 1.5
Semester 3 Total 
15.0

Semester 3 - Class B

Course Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-340 Building Science and Systems 3.0
CIVL-351 Structural Steel Design 3.0
CIVL-355 Reinforced Concrete Design 3.0
CIVL-356 Construction Economics 3.0
CIVL-358 Structural Wood Design 1.5
ENVS-302 Environment Engineering 1.5
Semester 3 Total 
15.0

Semester 4 - Class A

Course Code Course Name Credit
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-302 Environmental Engineering 1.5
PROJ-386 CVT Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 total 15.0
Program Total - Construction Management Major
61.5

Semester 4 - Class B

Course Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-312 Contracts and Regulations 1.5
CIVL-315 Project Planning and Control 3.0
CIVL-326 Geotechnical Design 3.0
ESTM-360 Estimating II 3.0
SURV-325 Surveys and Geographic Information Systems 1.5
PROJ-386 CVT Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 total 15.0
Program Total - Construction Management Major 61.5

Second year: Municipal Major

Semester 3 - Class A

Course Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-310 Urban Services 3.0
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
ENVS-302 Environmental Engineering 1.5
Semester 3 total  15.0

Semester 3 - Class B 

Course Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-312 Contract and Regulations 1.5
CIVL-315 Project Planning and Control 3.0
CIVL-351 Structural Steel Design 3.0
CIVL-353 Transportation Engineering 3.0
CIVL-355 Reinforced Concrete Design 3.0
SURV-325 Surveys and Geographical Information Systems 1.5
Semester 3 total  15.0

Semester 4 - Class A

Course Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-312 Contract and Regulations 1.5
CIVL-315 Project Planning and Control 3.0
CIVL-351 Structural Steel Design 3.0
CIVL-353 Transportation Engineering 3.0
PROJ-386 CVT Capstone Project 3.0
SURV-325 Surveys and Geographic Information Systems 1.5
Semester 4 total 15.0

Semester 4 - Class B

Course Code Course Name Credit
CIVL-310 Urban Services 3.0
CIVL-318 Water Resources 3.0
CIVL-326 Geotechnical Design 3.0
CIVL-328 Asphalt Technology 1.5
ENVS-302 Environmental Engineering 1.5
PROJ-386 CTV Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 4 total 15.0
Program Total - Municipal Major 61.5

Progression

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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:·

  • Athabasca University
  • Camosun College
  • Lakehead University
  • NAIT
  • SAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of British Colombia

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Cost

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
General
1 $ 5,142 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,475
Construction Management Major
2 $4,898 $ 793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,231
Municipal Major
2 $4,898 $ 793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,231

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
General
1 $18,241 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,574
Construction Management Major
2 $17,704 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,037
Municipal Major
2 $17,704 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,037

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Aug. 31 and Sept 2. Watch your inbox for the time and location to choose which session is best for you.

Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a    standard-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our  computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 
 
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
 
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
 
Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8367
Email:  construction.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Milan Niksic, Academic Chair
Email: Milan.Niksic@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.cvt@sait.ca

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