Civil Technician

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonJanuary 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Civil Technicians appreciate the small details while imagining the bigger picture. They may assist with building bridges, roads, airports, and harbours. They are the main source of technical support for professional engineers, scientists, and construction managers. You’ll learn skills that will help you excel in many engineering fields, including: structural, municipal, highways and transportation, water resources, geotechnical, and environmental protection. Now more than ever, Canadian industries are seeking skilled Civil Technicians to join development teams.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time studies.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112

      NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
      International Student Admission Equivalencies

      Career Possibilities

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

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      Specific Considerations

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

      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.

      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles and practices of manual drafting skills. Students learn the drafting styles, equipment, and procedures used in relation to oblique, isometric, and orthographic drawings. Emphasis is placed on lettering principles and linework/lineweight development in the production of residential construction working drawings.

      This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to properly use Portland cement concrete.

      Students will learn 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.

      This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

      Students learn about the civil engineering technician work environment and the technician's role on the engineering team in drafting offices, surveying field environments, and engineering testing laboratories. Topics include plan reading, specifications, construction contracts, and lab practices.

      This course introduces students to the basic principles and theory of soil mechanics as it relates to civil engineering design and construction. It addresses topics including: soil formation, soil exploration, laboratory tests, index and engineering properties, classification systems, soil strengths, stresses in soil masses, and settlement of structures. In the lab setting, students conduct standard industry soil tests and report their test findings using accepted industry formats.

      This course provides students with a sound mathematical foundation in preparation to higher level mathematics (calculus) and other technology courses.

      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. 

      Materials Technology- Asphalt Concrete provides basic information required for the manufacture, construction and maintenance of asphalt concrete pavements. Standard tests used by industry for the quality control and acceptance of asphalt concrete and its constituent materials will be the focus of laboratory sessions.

      In this course, students are introduced to the skills and strategies necessary to present themselves and ideas to others in an effective manner. The course focuses on the goal of obtaining employment while developing presentation skills sought by potential employers.

      This course introduces students to spreadsheet software. They create spreadsheets and develop various formulas and functions to highlight the software’s forecasting abilities. Students learn to prepare charts and graphs.

      This course is designed to produce industry standard engineering drawings through the application of computer-aided drafting (CAD) software. Numerous large drawing projects are completed incorporating various engineering disciplines. Students enhance CAD knowledge and are also introduced to Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to add 3D elements to their drawings.


      • SAAL1750C

      This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skill in computer-aided design (CAD) software. Students apply CAD techniques to create digital two-dimensional drawings.


      • ARCH1014D

      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 is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to plan and perform a Global Positioning System (GPS) data collection campaign using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology.  They also learn to integrate and publish the results of their campaign through the application of a Geographic Information System (GIS).  Students require a laptop capable of installing and running a Desktop GIS system.  See NBCC LIVE program specifications for complete details.


        This course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills required to perform basic surveying computations with accuracy. Students work cooperatively with others to complete assigned tasks.

        This course provides students with theory and practical skills training in surveying. The field projects require students to work together in groups thereby enabling them to develop an attitude of cooperation and teamwork.


        • SVAR1031

        This course provides students with more in-depth survey knowledge using traditional and electronic survey equipment. Students work cooperatively with others to complete group tasks and to demonstrate the importance of accuracy and quality in surveying work.


        • SVAR1032

        NOC Codes

        2231 - Civil engineering technologists and technicians
        2251 - Architectural technologists and technicians
        2253 - Drafting technologists and technicians
        2254 - Land survey technologists and technicians

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