Civil Engineering Technology (Optional Co-op)

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Offered every other year Domestic | International

Program Overview

The Civil Engineering Technology program is designed to train students in the design of highway, transportation, and municipal systems. The first year of training covers engineering technology basics such as engineering science, materials technology, surveying, and drafting. Many courses are common with other technology programs and may be used for credit transfer. In the second year, students focus on subjects that relate to highway and municipal systems, including highway engineering, water, and sanitary systems, fluid mechanics, and environmental planning.

Students will learn and apply the knowledge and skills throughout the program in a real, practical, and simulated environment through lectures, extensive hands-on activities, and individual or team projects.


Duration

The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved with two years of full-time study.


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122 (recommended)

      NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
      International Student Admission Equivalencies


      Career Possibilities

      Civil Technologists are employed by consulting engineering and construction companies, public works, transportation, and other government departments, and in many other industries.



      Specific Considerations

      Local campuses can provide information on courses that are the prerequisites for technology programs at New Brunswick Community College. Many universities give credits for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis.

      Important Note: Immediately following second term, students must complete a one-week surveying fieldwork course.

      Technology Requirements
      NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.


      Areas of Study

      • Highway Design and Engineering
      • Water Systems
      • Sanitary and Storm Systems
      • Geotechnical Design
      • Environmental Planning
      • Construction Management
      • Materials Technology
      • Quality Assurance and Control
      • Health and Safety
      • Physical and Natural Science
      • Project Management
      • Engineering Science
      • Surveying
      • Communications
      • Computer and Software Applications
      • Mathematics
      • Technical Writing and Reports


      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      This course introduces students to common practices during construction stages. Students acquire knowledge in building materials used in buildings and infrastructures at beginning stages of construction. Students explore the influences of planning, designing and implementation to excavation and construction projects.

      This course introduces students to common practices during construction stages. Students acquire knowledge in building materials used in light wood framed commercial buildings at all stages of construction. Students explore the influences of planning, designing and implementation to construction projects.

      Prerequisites:

      • BTTB1027A

      This course is designed to introduce students to aggregates used in the construction industry. Students will learn the basics of aggregate testing and assessment of aggregate properties as it relates to PC concrete, asphalt concrete, and subgrade improvement (roadway base/subbase). Learning is achieved through in class activities and hands on experience in a lab setting.

      This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to properly use portland cement concrete. Students are applying industry standards on plastic and hardened portland cement concrete. Learning is achieved through the theory and hands on practices in a lab environment.

      Prerequisites:

      • BTTB1029A

      This course is designed to provide fundamental information required for the manufacture, construction and maintenance of asphalt concrete pavements. Students are going to conduct standard tests used by industry for the quality control and acceptance of asphalt concrete. Students will use PCI to evaluate pavement surface conditions. Learning is achieved through in class activities and hands on experience in a lab setting.

      Prerequisites:

      • BTTB1029A

      This course introduces students to soils as a basic construction material used in civil engineering design and construction. Emphasis is on soil formation, soil exploration, laboratory tests, index properties, and classification systems. In the lab setting, students conduct standard industry soil tests and report their test findings. Learning is achieved through in class activities and hands on experience in a lab setting.

      Prerequisites:

      • BTTB1029A

      This course is designed to help students strengthen their fundamental skills in writing clear, effective sentences and paragraphs, and enable them to create organized, unified and coherent documents. The writing process is introduced. Students will recognize the importance of writing for the intended purpose and audience.

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of technical writing and research. Students will learn how to write a variety of technical documents and business correspondence suitable to a specific audience and purpose as well as learn how to conduct research and document sources.

      Prerequisites:

      • COMM1264A

      This course introduces the fundamentals of engineering technical report and proposal writing. Topics include technical report and proposal design, formatting, visual aids, and specific types of content required for technical report and proposal writing.

      In this course, students will apply their previously acquired writing skills and writing process (prewriting, writing and revising). They will learn how to properly research, plan, structure and write technical reports and proposals using proper layouts, form, and formats. Learning is achieved through lectures and hands-on activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • COMM1267D

      This course is designed for students to learn how to quickly make sketches and notes. Emphasis is on recognizing the important details and getting them clearly sketched and/or written down. Accuracy, neatness, and legibility are stressed throughout.  

      Learning is achieved through hands-on class activities and assignments. 

      This course examines the federal, provincial, and/or municipal environmental acts, regulations, and/or practices associated with civil engineering projects. Students are introduced to the environmental impacts of civil engineering projects. Topics include planning civil engineering projects to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and sustainable design practices related to site/civil engineering components of green building projects using industry recognized rating systems.

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to Professional Engineering Technology practice. It prepares students for being engineering technology professionals by exploring critical thinking, ethical behavior, and the legal and professional accountabilities that apply in the workplace. The industry's code(s) of ethics and practical case studies are used as the learning focus.

      Learning is achieved through lectures, case studies, and team projects.

      This course is the first phase of the senior technical project. It provides students with an opportunity to work independently or with a team on a selected engineering project. Students will integrate the knowledge and skills they learned in the program to develop a project proposal and complete details of a project plan. In this course, students will select an engineering project on a topic, prepare a project proposal, and submit it for instructor approval. Upon instructor approval, students will research, design, and develop a project plan that outlines the specifications and tasks to be completed in time and within the budget for the proposed project. Students are expected to produce some deliverables and project management documents based on the project plan to facilitate the second phase of the project. Learning is achieved through lectures and guided independent study under the guidance of a project advisor.

      Prerequisites:

      • PROJ1099B
      • COMM1268B

      This course is a continuation of the senior technical project. Students will evaluate their project proposed and developed in the previous course. They will complete their project work and prepare and present the final project report. Learning is achieved through lecture and guided independent study under the guidance of a project advisor.

      Prerequisites:

      • ETTG1034B

      The overall program goal of the co-op experience is to complement academic studies with related work experience.  Co-op students can gain enriched understandings of their academic program through practical application. Moreover, the co-op experience can motivate students to further education as well as lead to relevant employment after graduation.  Through their work experiences, students will develop and refine employability skills, gain an understanding of career opportunities in their field, and realities of the workplace.  Students are required to follow guidelines as stipulated in the “NBCC Co-op Education” process.

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of soil mechanics in civil engineering design and construction. It includes topics such as soil exploration techniques, index and engineering properties, soil strengths, and stresses within soil masses. Students gain the knowledge and skill to analyze and interpret soil information from different sources and apply mathematical computations to determine soil properties. Students also learn to apply soil stabilization methods for unsatisfactory foundation soils.

      Prerequisites:

      • BTTB1032A

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to apply geotechnical infrastructure analysis to the design of foundations/footings, retaining walls, slope stabilities, and piles. Topics include determining and calculating soil bearing and pile capacities, earth pressures on foundations and retaining walls. Students also learn to apply various methods to assess and improve slope stabilities.

      Prerequisites:

      • GEOT1012A

      This course presents an overview of the building codes and standards, laws, regulations, and acts, etc. that govern building and infrastructure planning, design and construction in Canada. Students will examine major standards, acts and regulations including roles and responsibilities for various building regulatory systems at various levels of government. Students will learn how those regulatory systems serve to create a framework for establishing and maintaining a built environment that is safe, resilient, sustainable and efficient. They will understand the importance of complying with the applicable national, provincial, municipal building codes, standards, regulations, and acts, etc., in construction projects.

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of Canadian laws and contract law. Students are introduced to industry construction contracts developed by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC). This course addresses the legal precedents influencing construction contracts, and examines tenders and liabilities, as they relate to construction technology.

      Prerequisites:

      • LEGL1104A

      This course forms the foundations of technical mathematics. Topics covered include fundamental numerical calculations, manipulation of algebraic expressions, and solving equations, system of equations, and word problems. Learning is achieved through lectures, classroom examples and working out problems.

      This course is designed for students to learn more advanced algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. Topics include quadratic equations, trigonometry, logarithms, and vectors.

      Learning will be achieved through lectures and classroom examples and work. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1271B

      This course introduces students to advanced technical math required to solve applied problems in Engineering Technology. Topics include complex numbers, matrices, plane analytic geometry, graphs of trigonometric functions and trigonometric equations. Limits, as required for calculus, is also introduced. 
       
      Students will be able to apply the advanced technical math to solve technical problems and evaluate limits. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1272B

      This course introduces students to calculus with derivatives and integration of algebraic functions. Applications include equations of tangents and normal, Newton’s method for solving equations, curvilinear motion, related rates, and areas under curves. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1273A

      This course is built on the course, Introductory Calculus. The course covers applied technical problems in integration, derivatives, and integration of transcendental functions. Learning is achieved through lectures and in-class activities.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1274A

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

      This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

      This course introduces students to scientific data, units of measurements and the relationships of angles and sides of angles. Students solve problems by learning the proper methodology of translating information and applying it to formulas. Learning will be achieved through in class lectures, class activities and assignments.  

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1271B

      This course introduces students to basic physics concepts including the introduction to fluids. Students apply mathematical skills to solve problems through the application of real-world engineering situations. Learning will be achieved through in class lectures, class activities and assignments.  

      Prerequisites:

      • PHYS1138A

      This course is designed to strengthen students problem-solving skills through the application of physics and statics to solve real-world engineering situations. Students apply principles of forces and learn methods to quantify internal and external forces between bodies. Learning will be achieved through in class lectures, class activities and assignments.

      Prerequisites:

      • PHYS1139A

      This course provides students with basic principles, tools, and techniques to manage an engineering project from its initiation phase, through planning, execution, control, and closeout.
       
      As part of the course, students will apply the knowledge gained to create a project management plan for a simulated engineering project in a team effort or on an individual basis. Learning is achieved through lectures and hands-on class activities.

      This course introduces students to the design principles and standards associated with the design of Canadian roads. Focus is given to horizontal alignment, vertical alignment, cross-section elements, and earthwork measurement.

      Prerequisites:

      • SVAR1047B
      • SVAR1048B

      This course builds upon the knowledge and skill acquired in Basic Highway Design and focuses on more advanced topics with respect to highway geometric design elements including alignments, roadway cross-sections, intersections, and interchanges. Students also examine the roadbed construction process, finish operations, and highway structures using the New Brunswick (NB) Department of Transportation and Infrastructure specifications, procedures, and plans.

      Prerequisites:

      • RDCR1035B

      In this course students produce a highway design, a set of drawings, and engineering reports to industry standards. Students apply survey data collected at a proposed site, during previous highway design and engineering courses, and they utilize current CAD and 3D civil engineering software.

      Prerequisites:

      • RDCR1036A

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to produce a highway design and grading contract drawings to industry standards. More advanced topics are introduced to students as they apply highway design drawings from previous Highway Design and Engineering courses. Students summarize the estimated cost of the highway project, and they utilize CAD and 3D civil engineering software in the final highway design project.   

      Prerequisites:

      • RDCR1037A

      This course introduces students to basic computer applications and tools that are integral to all engineering disciplines, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and electronic file management and data sharing.

      Students learn how to select and use appropriate computer applications to perform tasks such as research, data analysis, data presentation and sharing, and preparation of technical documents and reports within their discipline. An emphasis is placed on the data security, and safe use and management of files in a collaborative networked environment. Learning is achieved through practical application of skills during hands-on class activities and assignments.

      This course introduces students to the CAD (Computer-Aided Design) tools that are integral to all engineering disciplines for making and annotating basic engineering drawings. Students will learn the application interface, options, and commands for producing basic engineering drawings. Learning is achieved through practical, hands-on activities while using the CAD software.

      The course is designed to build upon the Intro to CAD course to further enhance and apply the use of computer-aided drafting. Students become more proficient in producing engineering construction drawings for various fields of construction. Learning is achieved through in-class activities and hands-on experience with CAD software.

      Prerequisites:

      • SAAL1836A

      This course is designed to explore the civil engineering aspects of land development from initial site investigation to design and construction. Topics will include grading, site layout, servicing, traffic flow for residential, commercial, and industrial site developments. Students will carry out civil engineering tasks and develop infrastructure using 3D computer software.

      Prerequisites:

      • SANI1041A
      • RDCR1037A

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to design linear sanitary and stormwater collection systems. Students learn engineering principles, practices, and standards relating to municipal wastewater and stormwater collection systems. An emphasis is placed on using civil engineering and CAD software to evaluate and design municipal wastewater and stormwater collection systems.

      Prerequisites:

      • SAAL1847A

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to design linear water distribution systems inclusive of the supply, and fire protection components (as applicable). Students use computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce drawings of water distribution systems. Emphasis is placed on learning local principles and practices of water distribution systems design and installation, based on municipal specifications, standards, guidelines, and design criteria.

      Prerequisites:

      • SANI1039B

      This course introduces students to the technologies and processes used to test, analyze, and treat wastewater and municipal drinking water to be safe for the environment and people. Students will learn how to apply basic standard laboratory test methods to analyze water and wastewater.

      Prerequisites:

      • SANI1040A

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      This course provides students with an understanding of statistical principles and methods.  Students will learn how to collect, organize and report statistical data using elementary statistical techniques such as construction of frequency distributions, histograms and scatterplots. They will also learn how to use descriptive statistics such as central tendency (mean, mode, median, midrange), variation (range, variable, standard deviation), and position (percentile rank, quartile rank) to analyze the data and solve problems.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1272B

      This course introduces inferential statistics for engineering technologists. Topics Include calculating statistics values, calculating confidence intervals, simple probability and predicting events, calculating linear regression, and hypothesis testing for linear correlation coefficients. Students learn statistical techniques and apply them to engineering-related technology problems.

      Prerequisites:

      • STAT1039A

      Students are introduced to strength of materials. Students learn how structural materials are subject to stresses and strains and how it reacts to loads. With the examination of material shapes and the reaction of loads, students analyze and select materials that can resist forces.  Learning will be achieved through in class lectures, class activities and assignments.  

      Prerequisites:

      • PHYS1140A

      This course introduces students to complete conventional survey field operations, data collection and survey calculations. Working in groups, students learn the essential skills and practices required to perform surveying techniques in the field, reduce field measurements, produce an accuracy statement, and submit electronic results for a total station or an automatic level. Students will also learn how to work in a team and work safely. Learning is achieved through in-class activities and hands-on experience in a field setting.

      This course is designed to apply the fundamentals of how Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) positions are determined. Students plan a GNSS survey and identify types and categories of GNSS equipment. They will perform survey exercises using different categories of GNSS to collect 2D and 3D measurements. As part of the course, students will learn to setup and use a RTK GNSS system to collect, download and share precise survey results. Learning is achieved through in class activities and hands on experience.

      Prerequisites:

      • SVAR1044A

      This course is designed to apply survey theory to perform coordinate calculations, adjust a closed traverse and a closed level loop. Students determine azimuths and bearings, apply map projections and geoid models, calculate earthworks areas and volumes, prepare CAD data for site grading. Students will learn to use survey software tools to support the workflow required to create, code, analyze, prepare, and complete standard survey construction tasks in a CAD environment. As part of the course, they will import and export raw measurements and 3D coordinate data from survey equipment and produce documentation for the results. Learning is achieved through in class activities and hands on experience.

      Prerequisites:

      • SVAR1044A
      • SVAR1045A

      This course is a one week hands on intensive fieldwork survey activity. Students apply survey theory, calculations, and procedures performed by a survey crew in an engineering construction environment. They will work in groups to complete advanced survey activities using a Total Station, GNSS, and Construction Level to collect, document, analyze, report field measurements, and perform basic instruments checks and calibrations tests. Survey activities will focus on the workflow required to use electronic survey equipment and software to measure, inspect, stake, grade, analyze and report features on a construction site. All activities will require product deliverables supported by the group fieldwork. Learning is achieved through in class activities and hands on experience in a field work environment.

      Prerequisites:

      • SVAR1046A

      This course is designed to enhance the surveying knowledge and skill acquired in year one. Students expand their application of conventional surveying and GNSS instruments. More advanced surveying equipment and methodologies are introduced. Students integrate fieldwork results using engineering software to produce a topographic map.

      Prerequisites:

      • SVAR1047B
      • RDCR1035B

      This course is designed to introduce the capabilities of Geographic Information system (GIS) and the integration of GNSS fieldwork. Students will learn how to use GIS software to collect, manage, share, publish and package GIS features using traditional and web-based methods.

      Prerequisites:

      • SVAR1045A

      This course is designed to augment theory taught in previous surveying and highway engineering courses with practical application of highway surveying techniques and methodology in the field. Using current surveying equipment, such as Total stations, GNSS units and automatic levels, students carry out field surveys to layout, collect, analyze, and correct data. Reports and drawings are produced and incorporated into the highway design and assessments. The culmination of this applied course is an extensive one-week survey camp. 

      Prerequisites:

      • SVAR1048B
      • RDCR1038A

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of effective, successful presentations. Students learn how to prepare and deliver online or in-person presentations of various lengths and purposes. They will discover how to prepare presentations around essential objectives, present key concepts and ideas, design and make effective visuals using presentation software, and apply techniques for polishing and mastering presentation delivery.

      As part of the learning, students will apply the appropriate tools and techniques to prepare the content, create visual aids using presentation software, and deliver one or more presentations to their peers in class.


      NOC Codes

      21202 - Urban and land use planners
      22213 - Land survey technologists and technicians
      22300 - Civil engineering technologists and technicians


      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: University of New Brunswick - Saint John
      Information: Bachelor of Technology.
      UNB agrees to recognize NBCC's Civil Engineering Technology diploma program for transfer credit and entry into the Bachelor of Technology - Industrial Engineering program.


      External Certifications

      Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op) graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: NBSCETT - New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
      External Certification: Certified Technician
      Information: Certification by the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

       


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