Civil Engineering Technology, Diploma

Planning, constructing and maintaining built and natural environments.

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Program at a glance



Work experience

Co-op / internship

Study options



Open to International



4 semesters

Co-ops and internships

Alternate between full-time studies and full-time paid work, better preparing you to embark on your career after graduation.
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Creating the infrastructure we live in

If you look around any urban area, most of what you see is the result of Civil Engineering. Learn how to plan, design, and maintain structures and public works, while respecting and responding to the natural environment.

Is Civil Engineering Technology right for you?

While trial and error may work when building your own marble run, it won’t work if you’re designing a bridge. The calculation of all the forces and stresses needs to occur before anything is built and these calculations require some pretty complex math. Furthermore, a much-overlooked talent necessary in engineering is communication. Drawings, reports, site meetings, instructions to contractors, even emails and phone conversations all require communication skills. The best engineers and technologists have skills in both areas.

As a Civil Engineering Technologist, you'll have the opportunity to work on:

  • bridges, buildings, towers, silos and tunnels
  • highways, roads, railroads, airports and canals
  • protection of the environment and public health by treating water and sewage, and by protecting our streams and waterways from urban runoff
  • structures and subdivisions
  • infrastructure such as water supply, water mains, sewer mains and flood control

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In demand

Obtaining a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology is one of the quickest paths to a rewarding and well-paying career. From the most remote village to the biggest cities, there is always a need for civil engineering – whether it be installing sewers, ensuring clean water, or supervising the construction of a major skyscraper.

Civil engineering technologists assist engineers in protecting human lives at the most basic level: water that doesn't carry disease, seismic upgrading, ensuring homes don't flood, and building roads that are safe to drive on.

The program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada and therefore the graduates are both nationally and internationally recognized.


Hands-on learning

Do you like looking at graphs? Do you enjoy disassembling things to see how they work or designing and building your own toys or gadgets? Our hands-on program will give you real world technical problem-solving abilities. Your abilities in design and computer software will be a desirable asset to you as you advance in the workforce.

You'll have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and industry connections through our Co-operative Education and Internship programs.

Bridging the gap to UBC and UVic

After graduating with a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, you can apply to Camosun's Civil Engineering Bridge program.

The eight-month bridge program leads directly into the third year of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia - Vancouver or the University of British Columbia - Okanagan and the University of Victoria.

What you'll learn

Current and future students can browse current and upcoming courses using the myCamosun course catalogue

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Program outline

Start in September or January

The program is delivered over four semesters. You can start Year 1 in either September or January. Those starting in September will complete Year 1 by the end of April and can find employment for the summer. Those starting in January will complete Year 1 at the end of August and immediately start Year 2 in September, completing the program in 16 months. It is also possible to start in September and spread the Year 1 courses over three semesters. Year 2 for everyone starts in September and completes at the end of April.

Paid co-op work terms are an option with this program.

Year 1

In your first year, you'll learn the theoretical background necessary for civil engineering calculations. You will also learn skills such as AutoCAD drafting and surveying.

Year 2

In second year, you will apply your background skills to civil engineering applications such as structural and municipal design, asset management, and properties of soils and materials. You will complete your program with a major design project of your own choosing.


Part-time is available with consultation with the Chair.

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Civil Engineering Technology, Diploma

$13,950 (domestic)
$32,864 (international)

Civil Engineering Technology, Diploma, Co-op designation

$14,640 (domestic)
$34,555 (international)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

One of:

  • C in English 12 
  • C in ENGL 092 
  • C in ENGL 103 
  • C in ENGL 130 
  • C in ENGL 142 
  • C in ELD 092 
  • C in ELD 097 
  • C in ELD 103 

One of:

  • C+ in Pre-calculus 12  
  • C+ in MATH 097 
  • C in MATH 107 
  • C in MATH 115  

One of:

  • C in Chemistry 11 
  • C in Chemistry 11 Camosun Alternative  
  • C in CHEM 175 

And one of:

  • C in Physics 12 
  • C in Physics 12 Camosun Alternative  
  • C in PHYS 151

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

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Bai Bao-Qin

Bai Bao-Qin

Instructor, Civil Engineering Technology
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Peter Burrage

Peter Burrage

Program Leader - Engineering Bridge, Instructor - Civil Engineering
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For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar. 

Contact information

Civil Engineering Department

Campus location

Technologies Building (TEC) 169

Location link

Interurban Campus



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