Civil Engineering Technology: Highway and Municipal

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MonctonSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Highway and Municipal specialists help create the most efficient path from Point A to Point B. You'll learn civil engineering technology fundamentals, innovative design skills, highway construction planning, and water and sewerage system operation. Many courses in your first year are common with other technology programs and provide flexibility for credit transfer. As the population continues to grow, efficient roads and drinking water systems remain vital.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within 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 Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • Pre-calculus 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • 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

      As a graduate of this program, you could be employed as a civil engineering technologist in fields like highway and transportation engineering, surveying, construction supervision and environmental protection. Our grads find careers at engineering consulting firms, construction and survey companies, public works, transportation and government departments.

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      Specific Considerations

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

      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.

      The course is designed to build upon the Drafting Fundamentals course from term one to further enhance manual drafting skills while also incorporating the use of computer-aided drafting. Students become more proficient in producing engineering construction drawings and shift focus from residential to commercial construction. 


      • ARCH1014D

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

      This course introduces students to residential and small building materials, their design, functionality, and relationship to construction specifications and drawings. Students acquire knowledge of the materials involved in construction from initial excavation to the finished product.

      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 prepares students to write a formal technical report on a technical topic with sufficient technical and communication quality as to be judged capable of meeting the certification requirements of such outside agencies as the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, federal government agencies such as Transport Canada, or any other accrediting body.

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

      In this course, students examine the federal, provincial, and/or municipal environmental acts, regulations, and/or practices associated with civil engineering projects. They explore a range of topics from the environmental impact of road and landfill construction/operation and the methods used to mitigate them to the positive and negative impacts of technologies in civil sectors. Topics discussed may vary based on current affairs and national and/or local priorities. 

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to professional practices. The subject of ethics is a requirement of many accredited programs. Therefore, successful completion of Professional Ethics is a graduation requirement for engineering technology programs.

      This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skill acquired in their training to a real-world environment. Under the supervision of a host agency, students work at a level commensurate with their knowledge and abilities at this stage of their academic development. Students are assigned a practicum supervisor with whom they meet during their placement and to whom they submit a written report outlining their practicum experience.

      Work hours may vary, depending on the work location.

      This course examines the principles of fluid mechanics and the application of these principles to solve engineering-related problems.


      • SANI1015E
      • MATH1159
      • PHYS1074D

      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 learners with the knowledge and skill to apply geotechnical infrastructure analysis to the design of foundations/footings, retaining walls, slope stabilities, and piles.


      • GEOT1008D

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

      Building on the foundation of Mathematics Fundamentals, this course is designed to provide the student with the necessary mathematical skills to better manage differential calculus.


      • MATH1089

      This course, built on the foundation of Pre-Calculus Mathematics, is intended to familiarize the student with the fundamental operations of differential and integral calculus. These skills will be applied to the solution of technical problems.


      • MATH1158

      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 course is designed to strengthen students' problem solving skills through the application of physics and mathematics to solve real-world engineering problems. Students analyze and resolve engineering problems as they relate to the static equilibrium of structures. They apply the principles of forces and force systems acting on structures and to calculate the resultant reaction forces at structure supports.

      In this course, students interpret and apply the principles and practices of contract law and project planning/scheduling as it relates to highway and municipal projects. Here, students learn the major types, components, and applications of construction contracts as well as the methods used to monitor contract compliance. They also apply the software and methodologies used to plan and schedule project activities.

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to design hot-mix asphalt pavement that meets quality assurance and control standards and specifications. Students learn the general principles of hot-mix asphalt and its production including: mix materials, specifications, design methods, as well as paving, compaction, inspection, and rehabilitation methods. In the lab setting, students prepare an asphaltic concrete mix and test this against industry standards to ensure a quality product.


      • BTTB1018F

      This course is designed to refresh and enhance the surveying knowledge and skill taught in year one. Students revisit previously used surveying instrumentation and field methodologies and build upon this by incorporating more advanced equipment (e.g.: laser levels) and methodologies (e.g.: topographical surveys). Students utilize engineering software to produce a topographical map.


      • SVAR1025G

      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.


      • RDCR1007C
      • SVAR1025G

      In this course, students produce a design and set of drawings for a highway project. They apply the knowledge and skill acquired in previous Highway Design and Engineering courses and utilize CAD and civil engineering software.  They produce drawings to industry standards and an engineering document that outlines the design, construction, and payment criteria of the highway project.


      • RDCR1004D
      • SAAL1392C

      This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of traffic engineering principles and practices. Topics include: traffic control devices, traffic analysis, highway maintenance operations and technologies, as well as highway construction surveying. Lab periods are used to conduct a municipal intersection traffic study and perform staking and grading activities for a highway project.


      • RDCR1005F

      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.

      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 provides students with the knowledge and skill to apply computer applications commonly used in engineering tasks. Here, students use spreadsheet software to compile and analyze data. They build upon computer-aided design (CAD) skills in the creation of 2-dimensional (2D) drawings and are introduced to the basics of 3-dimensional (3D) design software.


      • SAAL1750C

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to utilize industry-standard computer software to carry out civil engineering tasks and solve civil engineering problems. It reinforces the basic computer-aided drawing (CAD) skills acquired in year one and builds upon these with the application of more advanced CAD features and functions. Students also learn to use spreadsheet software to perform calculations previously performed manually.


      • SAAL1110I
      • SAAL1750C

      In this course, students apply civil software applications and tools to perform typical civil engineering tasks. It reinforces and builds upon knowledge and skill acquired in other courses. The software augments manual/conventional methods of performing engineering calculations, design, and drafting. It is applied to such things as data generation and analysis, surface modeling, roadway alignments, site design, coordinate geometry, and survey adjustments.


      • RDCR1004D
      • RDCR1003E
      • SAAL1391G

      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

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to design wastewater and stormwater collection systems. Students learn the engineering principles, practices, and standards relating to water collection systems and apply this knowledge using civil software to evaluate and design municipal water collection services.


      • SAAL1391G

      This course provides students with the knowledge and skill to design standard water distribution systems inclusive of the supply, pumping, storage, and fire protection components (as applicable). Students use computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce drawings of water distribution systems. They also learn the principles and practices of water and wastewater treatment.


      • SANI1014E
      • SAAL1391G
      • FLUI1022F

      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 intended to increase student awareness of safety issues relevant to the Building and Civil Engineering Technology industry.  It addresses a range of topics such as roadwork safety, rigging, fall arrest, excavation safety etc. and is delivered in a variety of fashions such as guest speakers, workshops, on-site visits etc. PLEASE NOTE: Safety topics and delivery methods may vary from year to year depending on available subject matter expertise therefore, the number of course competencies achieved may also vary.

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to perform basic strength calculations in the analysis and design of structures for: compression, tension, shear, moment, & bearing.


      • PHYS1074D

      This course focuses on the use of modern electronic survey equipment used in highway surveying applications. Here, students perform electronic surveying field procedures, coding, data transfer, and processing with respect to the use of Total Stations, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and other modern survey equipment. They are also introduced to hydrographic surveying equipment and techniques.


      • RDCR1003E

      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.


      • SVAR1017G

      Students are provided with the knowledge and skill to perform fundamental field operations and data recording. Working in groups, students carry out surveying techniques in the field and record this data for future analysis.

      This course is designed to build upon the knowledge and skill acquired in 'Surveying Fundamentals' to apply more advanced surveying techniques and field methodologies to collect 2D and 3D data. Working in groups, students carry out fieldwork, process data, determine the quality of the results, and produce a field report.


      • SVAR1017G

      This course is designed to practically apply highway surveying techniques and methodology in the field. Using modern electronic surveying equipment (e.g.: Total Station, GNSS), students carry out field surveys, collect, analyze, and correct data. From this, they produce reports and drawings on the basis of this information. The culmination of this applied course is an extensive one-week survey camp. 


      • SVAR1014D

      NOC Codes

      2153 - Urban and land use planners
      2231 - Civil engineering technologists and technicians
      2254 - Land survey technologists and technicians

      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: UNB Fredericton
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Qualified graduates and students of NBCC will be guaranteed appropriate transfer credits in the Civil Engineering program at UNB.

      Institution: Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) agrees to accept NBCC students with appropriate prerequisite qualifications from the Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology two-year programme into the third year of LIT’s Civil Engineering Management degree programme and the third year of LIT’s Construction Management Degree programme.
      Institution: Griffith University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Griffith University will grant up to 1.5 to 2 years of advanced standing of related Griffith University undergraduate Bachelor degree on completion of an NBCC diploma.

      Griffith University will grant up to 1 semester of advanced standing of related Griffith University post graduate Masters degree on completion of an NBCC Postgraduate Certificate where entry into the program was by undergraduate degree.
      Institution: University of Moncton
      Articulation Period:
      Information: NBCC Engineering program graduates receive up to 30 credits in the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) program at University of Moncton.

      External Certifications

      Civil Engineering Technology: Highway and Municipal 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: Professional Technologist
      Information: Certification by the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.


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