Civil Engineering Technician

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 4 Semesters

Program Codes
T016 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Cutting-edge skills for the biggest jobsites

How do biology, chemistry and hydraulics intersect in a sewer? You’ll discover the answer to that – and much more – thanks to Northern’s Civil Engineering Technician program.

Blending lectures and lab work, this two-year diploma will prepare you to carry out technical functions across a broad range of civil engineering fields – including infrastructure construction, resource management and environmental protection.

You’ll hone the complex math and physics skills you’ll need on the job. And – with a focus on sustainable design and construction practices – you’ll prepare to support large-scale projects of all kinds.

You’ll study how engineering materials respond to pressure, temperature and other stresses. You’ll learn how fluid mechanics affect everything from swimming pool design to hydroelectric dams. And you’ll come to appreciate why concrete theory and soil mechanics are literally the foundation of construction.

Career Opportunities

Northern College graduates can find employment in the following areas: Field and Laboratory Materials Testing, Field Surveying, Construction Estimation, Technical & Municipal Drafting, Road Construction Inspection, Project Management.


Contact Information

Mahi Fahimian, Ph.D., P.Eng
705-235-3211 ext. 2120

Admission Requirements

Program Specific Requirements

AutoCAD System Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C, U)
  • Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)
  • Grade 12 Physics (C, U) recommended

Or equivalent


Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstrate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELT Academic International English Language Testing System: minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Computer-based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact



Semester 1
CM1903 Communications I – Model A

Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen essential oral and written communication skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions, tone and style as well as the enhancement of interpersonal, teamwork and presentation skills. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents, practice proper business etiquette and learn the importance of ethical behaviour and professionalism in the classroom and workplace. Attention to detail is emphasized.

IT1024 Introduction to Physics

This course is an introductory course into the study of physics. It consists of 6 theory units and a corresponding laboratory component. The topics covered include: measurement, motion, forces, work and energy, fluids and heat. The lab component gives students the opportunity to connect with the acquired theory.

IN1224 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) I

This is an introductory course designed to teach students the basics of using the AutoCAD drafting software to create 2 dimensional drawings. Lessons include using the draw, modify, layering and annotation commands.

MA1100 Mathematics I

This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, and solving a system of equations graphically and algebraically. It also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

MI1103 Surveying Principles I

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of Plane Surveying. The theory and use of theodolites/total stations, steel tapes and levels will be covered. Basic surveying calculations for direction, coordinates and area will be included.

AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing

This course describes in detail the materials and construction techniques required for residential construction. Topics include sustainable design, soils and foundations, framing and the building envelope. Various options are discussed for each topic. Students will also use sketching and drafting techniques to complete various construction details.

GN1033 Health and Safety

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

Semester 2
CV2004 Municipal Design I

This course introduces students to the two basic tenets of fluids mechanics: hydrostatics and fluid flow. Hydrostatics relates to the study of fluids at rest and the forces they exert on surfaces or objects with which they come in contact. This aspect of fluid mechanics is bound to aid students solve problems relating to the design of dams, the walls of swimming pools, air tanks, and the numerous other modern daily necessities. Fluid flow, on the other hand, deals with the behaviour of fluids in motion and their interaction with the surfaces and objects with which they come in contact. Fluid flow studies will help the student in determining the size of pipes for a water distribution system, assessing the potential damage of river floods, harnessing rivers for hydroelectric power developments, and other hydraulics problems.

AR2014 Statics

This is an introduction to engineering statics/mechanics tailored to the needs of Mechanical and Civil students. The major topics include vectors, moments, couples, centroids and moment of inertia. Students will learn how to find the reaction forces at the supports and the internal force in members using the method of joints and the method of sections. Students will also learn how to calculate the centroid and the area moment of inertia for simple shapes and some commercial shapes. Applied statics/mechanics is the basis for all calculations in areas such as stress analysis, machine design, hydraulics and structural design.

SU3010 Municipal Engineering

Municipal Engineering involves the study of Engineering Surveys, Construction Surveys, blueprint reading and the design and construction of municipal infrastructure. Emphasis will be placed on sustainable urban infrastructure design and construction practices.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A

Communications 2 is a one-semester course that applies the oral and written communication tools learned in Comm1 to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance the writing skills acquired in COMM1 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, emails, employment documents as well as reports applicable to their field of study. Students will also learn how to plan and participate in meeting situations and participate in mock interviews (as applicable) so that they are prepared to transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to learn and apply proper language and grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class/online activities and through the usage of the customized Mylab online grammar tool. As with COMM1, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will experience in the future.

*Students for whom English is not their first language will receive additional language support through the concurrent delivery of CM2933 (Enhanced Comm2) which continues to focus on the foundational grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure skills introduced in CM1933.

CV2015 Engineering Materials and Testing

This course is primarily a laboratory course in concrete theory and soil mechanics. Ready mixed concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. It is extremely versatile, strong, and economical in comparison to other materials. It lends itself well to a vast array of applications in construction. In addition, its attributes relative to sustainability are relevant to the entire construction industry. Concrete principles and theory constitute the first portion of this course.

The study of soil mechanics is important since soil is the most readily available construction material, and all structures must be supported on soil or rock. The student will learn the theory on which the most common laboratory and field tests are based, and perform related tests.

MA2104 Mathematics II

MA2104 is the second course in the math stream for students in an Engineering Technician / Technology program.  The emphasis of this course is on solving equations relating to quadratics, logarithms, exponentials, with sections on factoring, fractional equations, manipulating exponent and radical expressions, and complex numbers, and for some programs studying systems of linear equations and determinants.  Applications of the basic concepts, to particular fields of study, will be covered.

The second semester Mathematics course is designed to give the student the mathematical tools required to function in his/her special field of study.

Students are encouraged to seek help after class hours if problems are encountered in the course.  Every effort will be made to identify problem areas to the student, but in the final analysis, it is the responsibility of the student to ask for help.

Prerequisite:   MA1100 – Mathematics I  (with 60%)

IN2073 Cad II for Civil Engineering

In this course students will engage in a more applied approach to using AutoDesk software. With a combination of theory and applicable practice, the student will learn the process of planning and preparing Construction drawings. Lessons will familiarize the students on Design Principles and procedures and rules of thumb in preparation to complete the term project.

GN1443 Canadian Indigenous Culture and Awareness

This general education course will provide students with an introduction to Canadian Indigenous Nations’ history, sovereignty, land titles, cultural history and current critical issues. Topics addressed include the content of Indigenous rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services. Canadian Indigenous History and Relations is a general education course that has been incorporated into all programs at Northern College.

Semester 3
CV3012 Highways I

In this course, the student will learn about the many different concepts related to the design of highways. From sight distances to minimum curve radii; and from superelevation to road classification this course will attempt to encompass the many considerations one must make when designing a highway. Simple highway design will be examined. Civil 3D functionality with respect to highway design will be introduced.

AR2024 Estimating I

Students are introduced to proper measurement techniques of construction items and components found in a commercial and municipal projects. Emphasis is placed on accuracy of measurement, quantity take-off concept, sound estimating principles, and construction materials. Appropriate software solutions will be applied.

CV3033 Strength of Materials I – Civil

This course examines the behaviour of engineering materials under various loading conditions. The concepts of stress and strain are critically examined with an emphasis on the application of those concepts to practical design and analysis problems. The analysis of statically determinate beams or frame structures with emphasis placed on the construction of the shear and bending moment diagrams will be examined. This course also covers the concepts of elastic and thermal deformation as well as thermal stresses developed due to temperature changes.

General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

MA3205 Mathematics III with Calculus

This course covers topics such as: graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, the study of analytic geometry including the properties of the straight line, the circle and the parabola. The students will also be introduced to Calculus. The course expands with the study of the rate of change and the derivative of algebraic functions with applications to graphing, optimization and minimum and maximum problems. The students will also be introduced to integration of algebraic functions with applications to area.

SU2003 Plane Survey I

This course is a continuation of Surveying Principles. The use of total station field instruments will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on practical field applications.

CV3013 Municipal Design II

Municipal Design II is a combination of wastewater collection system design and urban storm design. Sewers are underground conduit that conveys wastewater mostly under gravity to the treatment plant. Hydrologic design entails the collection of surface water runoff to safer conduits on to points of discharge. This course will be an interaction of three content areas: Biology, Chemistry and Hydraulics. Biochemistry will focus on sources of wastewater contamination and treatment thereafter. Hydraulics will deal with the sizing of appropriate pipes to convey the design flow.

Semester 4
CV4023 Ontario Building Code for Civil

This course exposes the students to Part-9 Foundations and Structural Framing, Part-3 Building Classification and Construction, and Part-4 Structural Design with reference to the Ontario Building Code.

MA6023 Statistics

This course will cover such topics as: classification of data using Excel, x-y graphs, bar graphs and pie charts; organization of data into frequency distributions, calculation of the mean, the median, variance and standard deviation for grouped data; probability and frequency distributions,  binomial and normal distributions, estimation of population means, standard deviation and proportions within a given confidence interval; control charts for statistical process control; and regression and correlation analysis.

Pre-requisites: MA1100 Mathematics I

AR2023 Project Documentation

Project Documentation consists of specification contract writing and project planning, all are integral parts of any project. The specifications contain the legal documentation as well as the trade section for various building materials. Project planning is a series of activities strung together using critical path management principles to create a time line for estimating and construction purposes. This course reviews the process of tendering a construction project, the documents that form part of a standard construction contract as well as aspects of project planning and scheduling. Students will write and modify existing specifications, review CCDC2 the stipulated price contract and use MS project to create a Gantt chart.

Pre-requisites: AR1016 Methods and Materials I/Detailing

CV4012 Highways II

This course also has an emphasis on the mathematics of road design including the calculation of circular curves, vertical curves, and spiral curves. The student will also manually draft cross sections from field notes in accordance with an approved road design. Finally, time permitting, the student will calculate and lay off a spiral-circular-spiral curve arrangement. Continuation of advanced Civil 3 D applications.

CV4033 Strength of Materials II – Civil

This course examines the relationships between bending moment and flexure stress, and between vertical shear and shear stress are used in the analysis and design of beams. More design involving flexural members will be examined. Beams under torsional loading will also be looked at. The concept of combined stresses will be investigated. Furthermore, this course will examine the general case and special case of combined stress and Mohr’s circle and finally the calculation of beam deflections utilizing various methods. Finally, time permitting, we will delve into the area of indeterminate structural analysis.

SU1003 GIS

In this course, students will be introduced to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as applicable to the civil/mining engineering fields. Emphasis will be placed on the processing of vector and raster data sets in the completion of Civil/Mining related projects. The relationship between raster and vector data in various geographical co-ordinate systems and datums will be explored.

CV3003 Soil Mechanics

Soil are natural resources. They are necessary for our existence. Soils are the oldest and most complex engineering materials. They are used for almost everything from construction materials to agriculture. Soil Mechanics is the applications of engineering mechanics to the solution of problems dealing with soils as foundation and as construction materials. Every application of soil mechanics involves uncertainty because of the variability of soils – their stratification, composition and engineering properties. Hence, this course will focus on the properties of soil, such as its origin, grain-size distribution, ability to drain water, compressibility, shear strength, and load-bearing capacity. Soil improvement and applications will be added at the end. The student, upon completion of this course, will have a basic understanding of soil properties, applications, and behaviours under various imposed loads. Students will find various topics presented herein interesting and enlightening.

CV4013 Sustainable Practices

In this course, students will work on environmental and sustainable practices related to Civil Engineering projects. Students will research environmental legislation, evaluate potential hazards, and offer remediation methods for different site work.

General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

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