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Civil Technology


Take your skills and knowledge to another level and experience real-world applications in research, planning, drafting and project management.

This two-year diploma specialization provides students who have completed their Civil Technician certificate with an opportunity to learn about civil technology in greater detail. Learn about terrain analysis, fluid mechanics, geotechnical materials, groundwater flow and analysis, roadway design, and water and wastewater piping system design—all with an emphasis on project management.

Students will use the drafting and problem-solving skills learned in the Civil Technician certificate to develop real industry infrastructure designs and plans that could be built in the field. Throughout your final year, plan and create an Applied Research Project using the skills you’ve honed throughout the program. Participate in two co-operative work placements and gain experience in real-life industry conditions.

Enhance your technical skills in surveying and AutoCAD and learn how environmental features like construction and water affect infrastructure. In this program, you will focus on project management, planning and communication to ensure you are ready for the career responsibilities in this field.

Graduates may pursue careers in surveying, materials testing, drafting and report preparation. Career opportunities may be in the field or in an office environment helping technologists and engineers design and construct infrastructure related projects.



  • Civil Technician certificate from Assiniboine Community College. Applicants with a Civil Technician certificate from other post-secondary institutions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See for more information. 

Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

Graduates find employment with consulting engineering and architectural firms, construction and development companies, inspection and testing agencies, manufacturers, fabricators and material suppliers, as well as with various departments of municipal, provincial and federal government services.


Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Textbooks, supplies and uniforms for all of our programs and courses may be purchased at the Assiniboine Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East Campus. Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore web site to learn more.

Our classrooms, labs and shops are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase, you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career.

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Technology Requirements

Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop for use on-campus. The laptop must meet the technical needs outlined by the program. MAC computing devices are not compatible with program software. Refer to for detailed information.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Civil Technology - Municipal Engineering specialization diploma, students must successfully complete 112.5 academic credits and 12 practical credits over two years. Courses are offered in a block (Group A/Group B) alternating years. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline. Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by intake.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $7,959 (per year). Estimated cost for books and supplies is $1,020. COOP-0028 Co-op Work Placement fees are additional and will be assessed upon registration for the course. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice. 

All tuition and fees for this program are required to be paid in full before your program begins. Tuition and fees are non-refundable. 

This program has certain ‘bring your own device’ requirements that means you may need to purchase certain technology if you do not already own. Please visit for more information.

Estimated Program Costs (International)

Tuition, fees and Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium) total approximately $13,559 (per year) for international students plus required health insurance of approximately $750. This is for 57 credit hours (one year) of the two-year requirement to complete this program. Estimated cost for books and supplies is $1,020. COOP-0028 Co-op Work Placement fees are additional and will be assessed upon registration for the course. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice. 

All tuition and fees for this program are required to be paid in full before your program begins. Tuition and fees are non-refundable. 

This program has certain ‘bring your own device’ requirements that means you may need to purchase certain technology if you do not already own. Please visit for more information.


Group A
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Calculus and Statistics (MATH-0084)

Prerequisite: MATH-0093 Algebra (Civil)
This course teaches differential and integral calculus and statistics. Topics include differentiation, applications of the differentiation, integration, applications of integration and statistics. Students learn to solve problems of displacement, velocity, acceleration, areas and volumes.

9 credit(s) No No No
Co-op Work Placement - CVLTM (COOP-0028)

Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
This requires a minimum of 480 hours of full-time, paid, related work experience. The work placement, which is normally of 16-week duration, is subject to prior approval of and monitoring by a designated faculty member. Credit is given subject to the student submitting evidence that the work has been successfully completed. Work experience acquired prior to registration in the program is not eligible for this credit.

12 credit(s) No No No
Geotechnical Materials 1 (ENGR-0039)

In this course, students examine and analyze basic geotechnical definitions, different soil types and structures. Students study the computation of volume and mass relationships of soil-water mixture, determination of grain size distribution, Alterberg limits of soil, soil density, density tests and compaction and field compaction control. Students learn about soil by means of visual identification and with triangular charts, AASHTO (American Association of State highway and Transportation Officials) and the United Classification Methods. Students also study site investigation, gravitational water, frost action and permafrost.

9 credit(s) No No No
Hydromatics (SCIE-0078)

This course consists of two modules. The first module covers the basic properties of fluids and their use in calculating static pressure and hydrostatic forces on plane and curved surfaces. The course enables students to predict fluid behaviour, identify and describe various types of flow, and use the Continuity and Bernoulli Equation to solve simple hydraulic problems under steady flow conditions. Rate meters are discussed with methods of calibrating these devices. A systematic approach to solving problems in open channels (gravity flow) and closed conduit (pressurized) flow is discussed. Both SI and USC units are used.

9 credit(s) No No No
Municipal Computer Apps (COMP-0514)

In this course students learn to use computer software, (primarily AutoCAD 2004 and Land Development Desktop R4), to solve practical problems in Municipal Technology. Topics include working with point data, adjusting traverse data, creating surface models, designing earthwork and roadway projects, estimating volumes and designing subdivision layouts.

7.5 credit(s) No No No
Project Administration (BUSN-0151)

This course provides students with an understanding of the content and organization of contract documents and how they are used in the estimating, bidding and construction phases of a project. Students learn the basic procedures for preparing detailed quantity take-offs, pricing of labour and materials, project management and contract administration. The project management portion of the course introduces concepts such as Gantt and PERT charts, task dependencies, resource allocations and critical path planning. Students learn practical application using Microsoft Project and apply these skills to complete the scheduling for an appropriate project.

9 credit(s) No No No
Roadway Design 1 (ENGR-0040)

This course consists of the field methods of laying out simple and vertical curves and calculations pertaining to them, special problems in curves, construction survey procedure, and data collection and stakeout with Total Station.

7.5 credit(s) No No No
Terrain Analysis (SCIE-0079)

This course introduces students to the various landforms that make up terrain and the processes involved in its creation. This course focuses on the external earth processes such weathering, mass-wasting, fluvial, and glacial processes and their resultant landforms. Students apply their knowledge to interpret terrain using topographic maps, store pairs of aerial photos and other remotely sensed imagery.

6 credit(s) No No No
Group B
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Applied Research Project (BUSN-0153)

This course consists of completing and submitting a formal comprehensive and substantive report on a topic related to the municipal engineering field. Students select a topic involving either an original design project or practical laboratory project, which must be approved by a staff member designated as thesis advisor. Students perform the necessary theoretical or practical research under the guidance of the thesis advisors and submit a thesis report for evaluation.

6 credit(s) No No No
Economics/Management (BUSN-0152)

Study the application of economics to engineering matters including financial mathematics i.e. interest and annuities. Learn how to evaluate engineering proposals and gain insight into organizing and operating your own business. Then, examine all aspects of management at the supervisory role in technology. Study the role of first level management, including supervisory instruments, techniques and relationships with employees, senior management and unions.

6 credit(s) No No No
Geotechnical Materials 2 (ENGR-0041)

This course consists of evaluating shearing strength of soils, using the Mohr's envelope and Coulomb's equation to represent the shearing strength of soils. Furthermore, it consists of understanding the concept of total and effective stress, slope stability analysis, vertical and horizontal stresses in a soil mass and determination of the consolidation characteristics of soils. The course introduces the behaviour of seepage water, the hydraulic conductivity properties of different soils, methods of soil and slope stabilization.

9 credit(s) No No No
Hydrology (SCIE-0080)

This course introduces students to the study of hydrology and focuses on the physical process of water movement via precipitation, interception, evaporation, runoff, infiltration, groundwater flow and stream flow. Appropriate hydrologic models will be discussed in this course. Since hydrology is a quantitative science, assignments involving calculations using Excel form is an important part of the course.

7.5 credit(s) No No No
Pavement Mix Design (ENGR-0042)

This course consists of the evaluation of concrete pavement structures. It deals with Portland cement concrete structures and Hot Mix Asphalt cement structures using for roadway surfaces. Pavement management systems are introduced and reviewed.

9 credit(s) No No No
Roadway Design 2 (ENGR-0043)

This course consists of design of horizontal and vertical alignments using RTAC design criteria, cross-sectional elements, earthwork calculations including mass diagram, run-off calculations and culvert design.

9 credit(s) No No No
Water and Waste (SCIE-0081)

This course is an introduction to the design of water supply, waste water disposal and land drainage systems, with special emphasis on piping. Practical application is done with respect to the design of the subsurface works for a subdivision selected as a thesis project.

9 credit(s) No No No

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Frequently Asked Questions

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