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Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op)
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School of Engineering Technology
Program Length: Three Years
Start Date: September 2019
This program is currently undergoing a program review, which will result in some courses being changed and/or re-sequenced.
The field of civil design and construction plays a central role in the economic viability of many industries and the province as a whole. The civil field includes such areas as residential, commercial, and industrial buildings; harbours, airports, roads, and other transportation facilities; and municipal infrastructure.
Natural resource development projects (hydropower, oil and gas, mineral processing, etc.) will continue to create substantial employment opportunities for Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) graduates.
The Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) program will enable graduates to play an important role in the professional team which is responsible for the translation of ideas into the finished product. The program will ensure that the graduates understand the need for, and have the skills to contribute to, the cost effective and efficient planning of construction projects from concept to completion.
Graduates completing this program are automatically eligible for membership in the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL), as well as any similar association in Canada.
Upon completion of this program graduates may choose to further their education by completing a bachelor degree in technology or engineering at one of several institutions that have articulation agreements with College of the North Atlantic.
This program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board under the mandate of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.
The academic credentials of graduates of accredited technology programs are recognized internationally by the signatories of the Sydney Accord.
The main objective of the program is to produce graduates who can function in the Civil Engineering environment at the technologist level. Some of the tasks which a graduate will be able to perform are:
Analyze the structural reactions of engineering work.
Participate in the scheduling of civil engineering projects and monitor the work.
Assist in planning, designing, inspecting, supervising, and constructing civil engineering projects.
Plan and design municipal infrastructure projects.
Assist with designing, inspecting and troubleshooting of transportation infrastructure.
Design, calculate and test asphalt and concrete mixes to industry standards and specifications.
Carry out engineering survey and construction layouts using conventional survey instruments, GIS, and GPS systems.
consisting of Project Management Skills (theoretical and applied), Communication Skills (oral and written), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and Magnetic Theory, Engineering Graphics, Engineering Technology Awareness.
in various aspects (theory and principles) of the civil discipline including strength of materials, structures, fluid mechanics, soils & foundations, building codes & services and planning & estimating.
in various aspects of the civil discipline including CADD drawings, material testing, highway technology, and construction surveying.
consisting of field experience, gained from a compensated work term, in the field of civil engineering technology.
The student, upon graduation, may find employment with contractors, consultants, house builders, manufacturers, suppliers, municipalities, provincial and federal governments and their agencies, and many others involved in such projects as the design of off-shore and on-shore structures and facilities, testing and inspection of structural components, estimation, sales, construction surveying, and project management.
Graduates with two years of progressive work experience may be eligible to receive the designation of Professional Technologist (P. Tech) upon completion of a Professional Practice and Ethics Exam.
In addition to the formal semester courses listed in the program of studies, students in the Civil Engineering Technology Co-op program are required to obtain a certificate of completion of Standard First Aid/Heart Start and WHMIS over their three-year period of studies.
Students will also be required to complete a number of non-credit co-op education seminars throughout the program (resume writing, job search skills and interview preparation).
Eligibility for admission to an Engineering Technology program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201 or 3202
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
iii. Science (4 credits) two of which must be selected from:
Earth Systems: 3209
The remaining two Science credits to be chosen from the highest Science mark in level 1, 2 or 3.
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. Math (60% MINIMUM)
ii. Two Science courses chosen from one of the following three combinations:
a. Introductory Biology:
b. Introductory Chemistry:
c. Introductory Physics:
It is strongly recommended that CAS students who intend to enroll in Engineering Technology programs complete both of the Chemistry courses and both of the Physics courses.
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. English (60% minimum) 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
ii. Mathematics (60% minimum) 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
iii. Science from one of the following sections:
a. Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
b. Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
c. Physics 1104, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
4. Mature Student
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years of age or older, and have been out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to
Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
Students should be aware that additional fees may apply to external certifications.
Semester 1 and 2 - Refer to Engineering Technology (First Year)
Semester 3 (Intersession)
The Course and Lab hours per week are based on a 15 week semester. In intersession, the Course and Lab hours will be adjusted to reflect the shorter semester length. Refer to course outline.
Students in Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) will be required to complete the following certificate courses during the second year of the studies:
- Standard First Aid/Heart Start
Building Codes & Services
Strength of Materials I
Materials & Testing I
Oral/Written Communication Skills
Strength of Materials II
Materials & Testing II
Civil Engineering Technology Camp
(Two week block delivery)
The Course and Lab hours per week are based on a 15 week semester. The Course and Lab hours will be adjusted to reflect the shorter semester length. Refer to course outline.
Work Term (12 weeks minimum)
Urban Development I
Soils & Foundations I
Planning & Estimating I
Capstone Project I (Seminar)
*The credit hour from
Capstone Project I (Seminar) in Semester 7 is allotted to
Capstone Project II in Semester 8.
Urban Development II
Soils & Foundations II
Planning & Estimating II
Capstone Project II
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