Our Civil Engineering Technology program is designed to forge professionals equipped to design, draft, cost, and manage the construction of various infrastructure projects, including buildings, roads, bridges, and more.

This two-year, intensive program offers hands-on learning combined with theoretical knowledge and the use of advanced technology. Embark on a journey encompassing all facets of civil engineering design and construction management, from foundational building science to 2D and 3D drafting, supported by the latest virtual and augmented technology. 

Apply your learning in real-world construction engineering scenarios, mastering structural and geotechnical engineering principles, construction estimating, and project scheduling. 

The program offers fall, winter, and spring intakes to accommodate your schedule. The program structure adjusts depending on your start date, allowing for summer breaks or continuous study with short breaks. 

Ahead of your second year, you’ll select one of three specialized majors - construction management, municipal, or virtual design and construction. While we’ll do our best to accommodate your preference, selection for each major is determined by the cumulative grade point average (GPA) from your first year, should a specific specialization be in high demand.

Virtual Design and Construction major

Virtual Design and Construction majors focus on:

  • advanced construction communication technology
  • digital drafting
  • design delivery in the virtual world from 2D to 3D in augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR).  

You will be prepared for a variety of civil engineering jobs and roles in commercial construction, from site management to project leadership positions. The curriculum is built with industry input, ensuring your acquired skills are relevant and sought after. 

This diploma program is not just about gaining a credential; it’s about building a career. If you aspire to be at the forefront of the construction industry, innovating and leading in civil engineering design and construction management, this program is your gateway. 

Those in civil engineering technology tend to be innovative, methodical, and directive.

You need:

  • math and science skills, specifically an aptitude for physics
  • organizational abilities
  • an analytical mind
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work alone
  • the flexibility and commitment to work overtime when required to meet deadlines
  • the ability to communicate effectively with project managers and contractors.

You should enjoy taking a systematic approach to your work, finding innovative solutions to problems, and providing direction to others. 

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

Graduates of this program with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (67% or C+) may apply for SAIT’s Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management program. 

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

You’ll participate in a capstone project where you’ll develop a proposal through research, data collection and analysis and present your findings to faculty and industry guests.

This program is nationally accredited, at the technologist level, by Technology Accreditation Canada.

Graduates are eligible to join The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in Alberta (ASET).

The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors recognizes the program as training for qualified estimators and quantity surveyors.

Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Civil Engineering Technology diploma with a major in Virtual Design and Development.

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education. 

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 22300, 22303, 70010, 21202, 22211, 22212.


Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.


The Civil Engineering Technology diploma program requires 61.5 (24 courses) to complete. 

This program has fall, winter and spring intakes.

If you start in the fall, you’ll study for two semesters per year with a summer break.

If you start in the winter or spring, you will study for four consecutive semesters and have one or two-week breaks between semesters. 

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Civil engineering cores

Course Credits

This course introduces students to the fundamental drafting techniques used in the Civil Engineering field. Students will first learn the basic functions of computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and then use CADD software to create drawings related to the civil engineering field such as excavation cross sections, simplified roof framing plans, environmental site plans, subdivision plans and traverses.

  • COMP 261

This theory and lab-based course introduces the fundamentals of concrete technology starting with the ingredients and properties of concrete, and common terminology used to describe plastic and hardened concrete. Manufacture of Portland cement and the different types of Portland cement available in Canada are discussed, including Portland Limestone Cement. The classification and types of aggregates used in concrete are discussed along with their properties. Supplementary cementitious materials and chemical admixtures are introduced and their importance for concrete strength and durability reviewed. The culmination of the course will involve how to design a concrete mix for a specific application and exposure type.


This is an introductory course in soil mechanics providing the fundamental characteristics of soils as an engineering material used in the design and construction of civil engineering projects. The topics include an overview of geology and groundwater, field investigation, calculation of soil properties, soil compaction and strength. The course also introduces the testing of soils using American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) to determine standard soil properties.

  • One of:
    • STCS 200
    • STCS 242

In the Construction Practices course, you will examine various forms of construction, focusing on structures, with the aim of improving the standard and quality of design, construction and maintenance practices. You will also compare and contrast the characteristics of various systems of construction and components to set benchmarks for the selection of materials, components and systems as well as to select the appropriate equipment required to build them. Finally, you will develop a basic ability to read construction drawings which provide the details needed to build a specific structure.

  • CIVL 360

This course is designed to develop technical writing and presentation skills to ensure workplace readiness. Students will learn how to evaluate communication situations, analyze documents, assess research sources and develop organizational skills to apply in their work. They will learn about and practice designing, formatting and writing a range of professional documents. Students will also develop confidence (through practice) in the development and delivery of effective and engaging presentations.


This applied computer course provides students with critical electronic communications, data and file management skills, along with a strong focus on using common productivity applications to format, calculate, analyze, visualize, and present or report data and information.

  • COMP 264

The course involves preparation of quantity takeoffs for excavations, foundations, site services, residential concrete, formwork, wood framing and finish carpentry, interior and exterior finishes. Students will complete a full estimate of a residential project including quantity takeoff, pricing, summary and bid preparation.


This course enables the student to apply the basic knowledge of algebra and introductory calculus to resolve applied scientific and technological problems. Applications include linear motion, areas under curves, and volumes of revolution.

  • MATH 235
  • MATH 1011

This course gives an introduction to material properties and the methods of analysis used in structural design. Students will learn the concepts of normal stress and strain, shear stress and strain, thermal stress and strain, deformation, and torsional loading. Structural elements will be designed based on material properties and factors of safety. Students will calculate sectional properties such as centroids and moments of inertia and construct shear force and bending moment diagrams for statically determinate beams. Calculation of flexural stresses, longitudinal shear stresses, and deflection will allow beam sections to be selected for structural applications. Column analysis and design are included.

  • One of:
    • STCS 242
    • STCS 200

STAT 245 is an introductory course in data analysis for students in engineering technology programs. Students apply techniques to organize, display, analyze and report data. Outcomes include methods of descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will be exposed to software-based methods in laboratory sessions using industry-grade data. Some advanced topics of analysis are selectable toward the end of the course.


This course provides foundation skills in the analysis and design of structural and civil engineering applications. Students will analyze civil engineering structures containing simple coplanar force systems using the concepts of static equilibrium, force components, moments, free body diagrams and centroids. Students will also determine the support reactions for statically determinate beams and in two-dimensional pin-connected systems such as frames and trusses.


This course focuses on an introduction to surveying including measurement of angles, distances, and performing traverses. Students will learn to calculate 3D coordinates of surveyed points as well as stake-out points extracted from design drawings.


Virtual design and construction major cores

Course Credits

Students will learn the design concepts for structural design required to be able to draft structural drawings. The intent is to understand and interpret the engineer’s design intent as a technologist and to illustrate as required using industry stand draft and modeling software.

  • STAT 245

The ever-expanding technology and systems in construction require future construction technologists to know what is available and how it can apply to their projects. This course will provide information and theory on the apps, software, and system available to manage contraction and to illustrate drawing in various stages of design, drafting and construction execution.


This course will require students to build on the level one AutoCAD courses and explore drafting in other Autodesk products. The intent is to learn civil 3D, solid works and more advanced AutoCAD skills for infiltration and drafting civil design.

  • CIVL 201

Building design and construction has evolved into buildings as complete systems. This course is intended to provide theory and information on how building systems provide water, heat, and power. The life systems to the building and how they integrate into the design of the overall building. Including knowledge needs to look at clash and iterations between systems as they designed, illustrated, and executed into reality.

  • CIVL 252

Advanced modeling builds on virtual reality theory and 3D modeling skills to illustrate structural details, produce construction plans faster, and improve project sequencing. In addition, it will help the project staff identify items that may interfere with each other in the virtual reality world before they actually are a problem on-site by using clash detection software. This advanced modeling course also explores having embedded information within a 3D model. This typically includes, cost, scheduling and operating information to assist project staff deliver the project with more update information in one place.


Civil drafting has progressed now into green field construction and the intent of this course is to look at drafting, surveying and information gathering technology used in site development, design, and construction. Including technology, drafting integration, execution tool options and construction augmentation using data collection, interpretation, and illustration.

  • CIVL 201

The industrial sector is still growing with emerging green technologies and more energy efficient processes to produce clean energy and products. This course provides practical skills to illustrating industry projects, systems, and the process equipment both in 2D and 3D and beyond to assist in design, estimating and construction of industry manufacturing and construction.

  • CIVL 201

Execution of construction is integrated directly with construction technology. All modeling and illustration have uses and assist in the execution of projects at the construction stage. This course looks at the process of construction execution. The deliverables, risks, process, scheduling, and documentation required to execute a construction project as a project manager. The courses provide skills on the tools used and how to integrate modeling and applications, apps and software into the execution of a project at various stages as a project manager.

  • CIVL 302

Execution of construction has been supplemented with AR and VR and the intent of this course is to look at specifically the use and practical application in project management and project execution. Using industry current technology, software and data collection, interpretation, and model integration to advance enhancement of project management using the virtual world.

  • CIVL 302 

As construction advances and system integration into the build elements advances to one living breathing entity. Buildings and project require more advance drafting, illustration for design, structural and systems interactions, structural conflicts and construction execution of systems, this course provides practical drafting and illustrations skills specific to mechanical, electrical and system of buildings. This includes design, clash detection, prefabrication illustration and site data collection, interpretation, and applications.

  • CIVL 304

Construction take-off and measurement of qualities has advanced into an integrated approach involving models, prefabrication, and site scanning and beyond. This course looks on building on how to use 3D models, AR, VR, and other forms of modeling to estimate qualities of material and products to execute a project. In addition, the integration of these items into a model will provide the opportunity to add pricing for estimates or change orders. The courses will explore various tools, apps, and software available to provide accurate construction costing at all stages of the project.

  • ESTM 262

The final course for the VDC specialization is a competition and application for all the skills applied to a real application that work integrated with industry directly. Students will seek out a project, specific type and fully execute the deliverable required to demonstrate the skills learned in the VDC option. It will require direct interaction, interpretation, evacuation, illustration and presentation of their final project. The intent is to be an interdisciplinary project that will contribute aspects of the project that are part of a larger architectural and integrated approach that is part of design and construction of all projects in the built envelopment. Other programs at SAIT and industry partners will be part of the capstones explored and integrated in this VDC program option.

  • COMM 238


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >


Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 60% in Math 30-1, 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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


Academic Upgrading

Missing an admission requirement for this program? Upgrade your prior education to help you receive admission into one of SAIT's career programs.


English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Winter 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2024
International students: Open
  • Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2024


2024/25 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $6,300 $1,608 $7,908
2 2 $6,000 $1,608 $7,608
Total cost:

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $19,876.50 $1,608 $21,484.50
2 2 $18,930 $1,608 $20,538
Total cost:

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

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

Textbooks and reading materials will be discussed with your instructors during the first week of classes.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

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

You'll need CSA-approved, above-ankle steel-toe boots, a hard hat, and safety classes for labs and site visits.


Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

Application process

When applying in the application portal, select Civil Engineering Technology. You will declare your major before your second year of the program.


Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

Ready to apply?

Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

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

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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