Construction Engineering Technician

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

Program Codes
T067 (PC) – Timmins Campus

Construction has become an industry of skill and precision. The construction industry needs people who can handle everything from estimating to sales, and who know how everything in the building process fits together. Northern’s two-year program is designed to help students enter the construction and building management industry with a knowledge of construction law and management. Students will practice the skills required by today’s construction industry. They will learn computerized drawing and detailing, surveying, methods and materials, specification writing, building code, residential and commercial estimating, engineering materials testing and mechanical installation. Overall, this unique mixture of architectural, civil, structural and mechanical knowledge and skills will give students an insight into the technical requirements of building construction and maintenance.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this program may find employment in construction management, contracting, estimating, sales, government services and consulting.

 

Contact Information

Mahi Fahimian, Ph.D., P.Eng
705-235-3211 ext. 2120
fahimianm@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

Domestic 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

Or mature student status (an applicant who does 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). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Note: Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

International Admission Requirements

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 a 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 admissions@northern.on.ca.

Additional Information
Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements relating to this program.
Semester 1
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.

CM1903 Communications I – Model A

The student will apply the fundamentals of formal oral and written communications for current, practical business and technical communication situations. Specifically, students will be able to identify, correct, describe, demonstrate and/or discuss topics in: Communication Foundations (importance of communications and the communications process and barriers); Grammar Essentials (basic sentence faults such as Sentence Fragments and Run On Sentences); Writing Process (techniques for greater effectiveness); and Business Correspondence (characteristics of well written letters and different letter patterns). In addition, students will demonstrate they can plan, conduct and participate in meetings and prepare for, deliver and explain the parts of effective Oral Presentations.

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.

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 introduces students to the fundamentals of mining surveying. Basic measurement and calculation techniques are introduced. Principles of measurement theory, error propagation and error analysis are also introduced. The course objective is to give students transferable generic surveying skills and concepts that have application no matter what technology they encounter.

Semester 2
AR2063 Construction Management and Law

This course will help students understand their legal obligations, authority and responsibilities as a construction manager.

AR4213 Methods and Materials II

This course is designed to complement the Methods and Materials I course at an Advanced level, and to prepare the students for the construction industry. This course will cover the following topics from the text Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques (Third Edition) by William P. Spence, ISBN 1-4354-8108-4. Part I: Introduction to Construction Methods, Materials, and Techniques. Part II: Site Construction and Earthwork. Part III: Concrete and Masonry. Part IV: Metal, Wood, and Plastics. Part V: Thermal and Moisture Protection, Openings and Finishes.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A

Communications II is a one-semester course which applies the oral and written communication tools learned in the first semester to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance writing skills acquired in CM1903 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, memoranda, emails, employment documents as well as reports and problem solving documents as applicable to their field of study. The course presents the theory and practice necessary for the planning and presentation of short informal and formal reports and introduces the dynamics of planning and participating in meeting situations. Students will participate in mock interviews (as applicable), so that they are prepared to sell themselves as they transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class activities and the usage of the customized online grammar tool. As with CM1903, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will find themselves in in the future.

EN1014 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.

GN1443 Canadian Indigenous History & Relations

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 aboriginal rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services.

IN2353 Cad II for Construction Engineering
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.

Semester 3
AR3004 Estimating II

The purposes of this course are to give beginning estimators an understanding of the fundamental principles of estimating, provide beginning estimators with practical experience, and to give beginning estimators a basic understanding of how to use spreadsheets to increase their estimating productivity and reduce errors.

AR3016 Construction Management Placement

This is a one-day per week placement required for the entire semester. Students select an area of construction they would like to observe and participate in with the assistance of the professor and must provide a written report detailing their activities when completed.

CV2213 Plans Examination and Building Studies

Research and evaluation is an important part of the construction industry. Building studies uses existing structures to research construction materials and techniques and evaluate them against established standards.

GN2133 Law and Ethics

This course provides a basis for legal and ethical issues of importance to graduates and specifically covers tort law, contract law, legislation regulating business organizations, employment law, and professional liability. The overall objective of this course is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

SU1006 Survey Principles

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

Semester 4
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.

AR2206 Ontario Building Code II

This course, using the House 2003 material, will assist the students to review and become more familiar with the particular portions of the OBC dealing with houses. The course covers: Basics of Structural Requirements, Design of Areas and Spaces, Doors, Windows and Skylights, Stairs, Ramps, Handrails, Guards, Means of Egress, Fire Protection, Sound Control, Excavation, Dampproofing, Waterproofing, Soil Gas Control, Drainage, Footings, Foundations, Slabs-on-Ground, Columns, Crawl Spaces, Attic and Roof Spaces, Masonry, Chimneys, Fireplaces, Wood Frame Construction, Sheet Steel Stud Wall Framing, Heat Transfer, Air Leakage, Condensation Control, Roofing, Cladding, Stucco, Flooring, Plumbing, Electrical Facilities, Garages and Carports, Cottages, Log Construction and Park Model Trailers.

AR3034 Mechanical/Electrical Installations I

The course in Mechanical and Electrical Installations I introduces the student to basic Mechanical and Electrical Systems in the Commercial construction industry. In this course we will cover such topics as HVAC, piping, plumbing equipment and systems, Fire Protection, Introduction to Electricity, Communications, Life Safety, Security Systems, Electrical Design, Electrical Wiring, Lighting Design and Sustainable Design.

AR4213 Methods and Materials II

This course is designed to complement the Methods and Materials I course at an Advanced level, and to prepare the students for the construction industry. This course will cover the following topics from the text Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques (Third Edition) by William P. Spence, ISBN 1-4354-8108-4. Part I: Introduction to Construction Methods, Materials, and Techniques. Part II: Site Construction and Earthwork. Part III: Concrete and Masonry. Part IV: Metal, Wood, and Plastics. Part V: Thermal and Moisture Protection, Openings and Finishes.

MA6022 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, weighted mean, the median and the mode, variance and standard deviation, calculation of the probabilities for frequency distribution (binomial and normal), estimation of population means, standard deviation and proportions within a given confidence interval, control charts for statistical process control.

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.

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.

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