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  • Objectives
    This three year co-operative program provides training in both the municipal and structural areas. The design of steel frame and reinforced concrete buildings is studied in the structural courses. Training is provided in materials testing and computer-aided drafting. Municipal topics include the design and construction of water distribution systems, storm, and sanitary sewerage networks, storm water management, and highways. Theories for the treatment of water, sewage, and solid wastes are analyzed. Survey courses provide training in the use of high-tech survey equipment and techniques of plane surveying, as related to the Civil Engineering profession.
  • Practical experience
    This three year program has three co-op work terms and one optional co-op work term.
  • Academic title
    Civil Engineering Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-1008    Basic AutoCAD     3.00
    • CIVL-1001    Fundamentals of Computation     3.00
    • COMP-1039    Computer Operations     3.00
    • MATH-1036    Mathematics in Technology 1     3.00
    • SURV-1008    Plane Surveying-Intro     3.00
    • SFTY-1029    Health & Safety     3.00
    • ENVR-1017    Sustainability in the Built Environment     3.00
    • ENGR-1019    Civil Engineering Statics 1     2.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-3028    AutoCAD-Inter     3.00
    • CIVL-1002    Highway Design Fundamentals     4.00
    • ENGR-3011    Civil Engineering Statics 2     2.00
    • GEOM-1002    Electronic Surveys     3.00
    • MATH-3011    Mathematics in Technology 2     3.00
    • WRIT-1039    Reason & Writing 1-Technology     3.00
    • INDS-3001    Water and Civilization     3.00
    • SURV-5005    Survey Field Application     1.50
    • DRAF-3020    Civil Engineering Drawings     2.00
    • Level 3    Credits
    • Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    • Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CADD-5003    Civil Engineering AutoCAD Drawing     3.00
    • CONS-1008    Construction Materials     3.00
    • CIVL-5001    Highway Technology 1     4.00
    • CIVL-1044    Soil Mechanics     4.00
    • MATS-1016    Mechanics of Materials     5.00
    • MATH-3013    Mathematics in Technology 3     3.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CIVL-5002    Highway Technology 2     4.00
    • CIVL-1007    Fluid Mechanics     4.00
    • CIVL-3002    Theory of Structures     5.00
    • CIVL-1005    Construction Methods     3.00
    • GEOM-3004    Geographic Information Systems 1     3.00
    • COMP-5018    Civil Engineering Computer Applications     4.00

    Level 5    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CIVL-5003    Storm and Sanitary Drainage Design     5.00
    • CIVL-3007    Building Science     4.00
    • CIVL-3003    Surface Flows     3.00
    • CIVL-5004    Steel Design & Drawings     6.00
    • MGMT-1001    Contract Administration     3.00
    • MATH-5001    Differential Calculus     3.00
    • COMM-5005    Technical Report Prod for Bldg Tech'y     2.00

    Level 6    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CIVL-5005    Municipal Engineering     4.00
    • CIVL-5006    Reinforced Concrete & Foundations     5.00
    • CIVL-1033    Quantities for Civil Eng. Projects     3.00
    • DRAF-5009    Environmental Drafting     3.00
    • MATH-5018    Statistical Data Management     2.00
    • ENVR-5004    Environmental Technology     3.00
    • CIVL-1043    Civ Eng Economics & Math of Finance     3.00

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 3 and 4

    CADD-1008 -  Basic AutoCAD
    This introductory level Computer Aided Drafting and Design course begins the student's training in computer drafting. Linework creation, text creation and data extraction are the basis of the course. The content is expanded beyond the basics to enable the production of plans and drawings through layer management and file creation and manipulation.

    CADD-3028 -  AutoCAD-Inter
    This intermediate level course in AutoCAD introduces other AutoCAD commands and procedures required for the efficient production of discipline related working plans. As such, scale selection, Leroy text emulation, prototype drawings and scaling, AutoLisp applications, block and attribute usage, external referencing, drawing in paper space/model space and plotting are utilized in generating engineering/survey type AutoCAD drawings.

    CADD-5003 -  Civil Engineering AutoCAD Drawing

    This is an intermediate level Computer Aided Drafting and Design course in which the student will use the latest version of AutoCad software to prepare drawings up to a "Working Drawing" level. The mathematical computing, and direct data entry features of AutoCAD are used to develop civil detailed drawings. Autodesk Civil 3D will be introduced and used in preparation of a contour and earth excavation drawing.

    CIVL-1001 -  Fundamentals of Computation
    This introductory course for Civil Engineering students provides the fundamentals of land-based coordinate geometry calculations, as applied to all areas of civil field work. These skills are used in all aspects of civil engineering layout and location work for road, building and utility service construction. These tools will provide a means for building a mathematical model of the civil engineering field world. Approximately 10% of the course hours provide an introduction in programming the TI-89 to solve engineering problems.

    CIVL-1002 -  Highway Design Fundamentals

    This course covers the calculation of data necessary for the location and layout of both circular and vertical curves for roadway construction. This course includes information for setting grade stakes and slope stakes, and the calculation of earthwork volumes for roads and pits by various methods.

    CIVL-1005 -  Construction Methods
    This course will provide a study of the performance features and capacities of various types of heavy construction equipment. This study will be applied to the specifications, time studies, and production costs of equipment as related to civil engineering projects.

    CIVL-1007 -  Fluid Mechanics
    This intermediate level course covers the topics of gauges, hydrostatics, buoyancy, the general energy equation, pump and turbine efficiencies, friction and minor losses, series and loop equivalent systems and open channel flow. Included are lab experiments to verify and apply the theory and to cover additional topics such as calibration of flow measuring devices.

    CIVL-1033 -  Quantities for Civil Eng. Projects
    In this course, students are introduced to the quantity surveying of Civil Projects and structures. Included will be the application of principles and rules for takeoff, calculation of areas and volumes, and measuring quantities for Civil structures and designs such as sitework, concrete and formwork, masonry, and structural steel.

    CIVL-1043 -  Civ Eng Economics & Math of Finance

    This course will provide the student of Civil Engineering with an understanding of economic issues related to the field of civil engineering: personal finance, investments, depreciation and replacement costs, cost-benefit analysis, insurance, municipal finance and an understanding of business organization.

    CIVL-1044 -  Soil Mechanics
    Topics included are soil formative processes and resulting land forms, soil classification method, sampling methods, weight-volume relationships, permeability, hydraulic gradient, flow nets, wells, filters, volume change and settlement, strength, stability, and stress. Lab experiments include identification, Atterberg limits, grain size, O.M.C. densities, specific gravity, permeability, consolidation and triaxial tests.

    CIVL-3002 -  Theory of Structures

    Students will be introduced to essential elements of structural theory. Equilibrium, stability and limit state design and theory will be studied. These studies emphasize determinate beams and frames. Advanced methods of determining applied forces and force effects of structural members will be covered.

    CIVL-3003 -  Surface Flows
    This course deals with the study of hydrology at the introductory level. Topics covered include precipitation, runoff, stream gauging, hydrograph analysis, storage reservoir sizing, and flood estimating.

    CIVL-3007 -  Building Science
    This course provides an introductory or intermediate presentation of the basic concepts of physical science while developing general problem solving skills. Topics include motion and mechanical energy, light and lenses, heat and heat transfer, waves and sound, and electrical energy.One of the four hours is used for students to work on and present their technical report. This is done in conjunction with COMM5005-Technical Report for Building Technology.

    CIVL-5001 -  Highway Technology 1
    The student shall learn to apply current design standards to solve problems related to the design and layout of roads and highways. This course will increase awareness of the role of highways and streets in society and enable the student to communicate more effectively in terms related to the subject.

    CIVL-5002 -  Highway Technology 2
    The materials of road construction are identified, compared, analyzed and evaluated in this course. Asphalt, concrete, gravel, and earth road surfaces are studied for required thickness, building procedures, subbase requirements, durability and environmental friendliness. Specialty design considerations for swamps, frost action, muskegs, drainage, and slope stabilization are discussed. With the use of aerial photographs, possible problem locations of a proposed route are examined.

    CIVL-5003 -  Storm and Sanitary Drainage Design
    This advanced level course will enable the student to determine sanitary sewage volumes as well as runoff volumes for storm sewer design using rational as well as zero runoff methods. The student will design storm and sanitary sewer systems for a subdivision project using current methods. The student will also study the design of sewage pumping stations, sewage lagoons, and septic tanks with tile bed systems.

    CIVL-5004 -  Steel Design & Drawings

    In this course, techniques of limit states design as applied in structural steel design are studied. The course will cover the selection, design and cost estimation of beams, columns, open web members, rigid frames and joints related to industrial factories, commercial buildings and low-rise construction. The use of computer programs and applications are included. Also, students will study standardized computer techniques for drawing steel projects.

    CIVL-5005 -  Municipal Engineering
    The student will redesign a city street using appropriate design criteria and prepare a construction plan for the work. Using contract drawings and documents, the student will estimate costs for the submission of tender documents for the construction of a sanitary sewer. The legislation related to municipal engineering works is studied.

    CIVL-5006 -  Reinforced Concrete & Foundations
    In this course, the student will study concepts of reinforced concrete design using limit states design method and current codes of practise. The course will cover the selection and design of beams, slabs, walls and columns. Also, foundation design for building and structures will be studied.

    COMM-5005 -  Technical Report Prod for Bldg Tech'y
    This course will require the student to perform primary and secondary research in the production and presentation of various types of formal reports. The presentation includes designing a persuasive oral presentation.

    COMP-1039 -  Computer Operations

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the Windows Vista operating system, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. By means of classroom instruction and lab assignments, the student will obtain competence in their uses for technological applications.

    COMP-5018 -  Civil Engineering Computer Applications
    This course is to familiarize the student with Civil Engineering software packages available at the college and applications of spreadsheets to Civil Engineering.

    CONS-1008 -  Construction Materials
    This intermediate level course involves the study of the properties of concrete and wood as construction materials. Types of cement, aggregates, and admixtures used in the manufacture of concrete are studied. Concrete mix designs are prepared and tested by the student. Quality control of mixing, transporting, placing, curing, and finishing of concrete is an important part of this course. Strength properties of wood are studied and demonstrated through lab testing.

    DRAF-3020 -  Civil Engineering Drawings
    This intermediate level course provides the student with the opportunity to prepare and study the composition of civil engineering and survey type drawings. Typically, the student will be required to produce: a site contour plan, various site plans, a structural steel detail; and a plan/profile drawing, with cross-section drawings of a road. Time limit drawings are done to improve the students' preparation time.

    DRAF-5009 -  Environmental Drafting
    This course involves specialized drafting projects associated with environmental courses of the Civil Engineering Technology Program.

    ENGR-1019 -  Civil Engineering Statics 1
    This is an introductory course in structural mechanics. It covers vectors, vector resultants, forces, types of force systems, force components, equilibrium, force diagrams, moments, beam and truss reactions, concentrated loads and distributed loads. Simple structures and trusses are analyzed.

    ENGR-3011 -  Civil Engineering Statics 2
    This is an intermediate course in structural mechanics. It covers equilibrium, free body diagrams, identification of loading conditions and types of supports used in the calculation of reactions for beams, trusses, and frames. Forces acting on individual structural elements of building frames and trusses under various loading conditions are evaluated. Method of joints and method of sections are used to analzye truss systems.

    ENVR-1017 -  Sustainability in the Built Environment

    This is an introductory course that investigates sustainability in the built environment. Students will explore the topic as it applies to environmental stewardship, professional practices, and certifications as well as investigate sustainable building design, construction, and maintenance approaches and practices.

    ENVR-5004 -  Environmental Technology
    This course investigates the sources of water supply for municipalities. The design of water distribution systems are analyzed including watermain sizing, as well as, valve and hydrant placement. The processes involved in the treatment of water are studied with respect to the creation of safe drinking water and the disposal of sanitary sewage.

    GEOM-1002 -  Electronic Surveys
    Electronic Surveys covers the full extent of digital and mathematical manipulation of field data as encountered in engineering field work and provides instruction in data point manipulation from field data capture and post processing to plan creation. The course includes total station work for data capture in the field using Sokkia data collectors, computations (both field and office using the SSTI Cogo software package in the TI-89 and MicroSurvey) and AutoCad integrated with MicroSurvey for graphic presentation.

    GEOM-3004 -  Geographic Information Systems 1
    This introductory course in GIS introduces Civil Engineering students to the fundamental principals of GIS, particularly as they relate to geomatics, engineering, utilities and land development. The student is also introduced to ArcMap software which enables them to generate the graphic resultant component of GIS. Within the context of a final major collective project, the students will generate a functioning land based GIS from the ground up.

    INDS-3001 -  Water and Civilization
    Rivers have determined the location of our cities and towns, are vital transportation routes, and are valuable recreational resources. From early aqueducts to modern dams and canals, we have endeavoured to control, restrain and redirect water from its natural courses for our own purposes. Alterations made to harness a river's power and potential are the remedy to, and sometimes the cause of, catastrophic flooding that threatens to destroy houses, buildings, roads and lives. Through lectures, case studies group discussions and films this course will introduce students to the behaviour and characteristics of natural rivers and the importance of water to our civilization historically, currently, and into the future.

    MATH-1036 -  Mathematics in Technology 1

    This course is designed to introduce the following topics: measured data, conversions of units, scientific notation, estimation, basic algebra, trigonometry and radian measure applications, solutions of right and oblique triangles, systems of linear equations, ratio, proportion and variation.

    MATH-3011 -  Mathematics in Technology 2

    This course introduces the students to the following topics: factoring, fractions and fractional equations; solutions of the quadratic equations; exponents, radicals, logarithms and logarithmic equations.

    MATH-3013 -  Mathematics in Technology 3

    This course is designed to introduce the student to: determinants and matrics; solutions of further types of algebraic equations; synthetic division; the solution of absolute and algebraic inequalities; binomial theorem; plane analytic geometry, and conic section.

    MATH-5001 -  Differential Calculus
    This course is an introduction to the applications of differential and integral calculus of algebraic functions. The applications include related rates, maximum and minimum, study of motion, areas, volumes, centroids, moment of inertia, work, and fluid pressure.

    MATH-5018 -  Statistical Data Management

    This course is a study of statistics, a branch of Mathematics dealing with the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of numerical sampling data. A study of concepts of probability and sampling gives the student an appreciation of the nature of variation and an understanding of the fundamentals for decision making.

    MATS-1016 -  Mechanics of Materials
    This course applies the laws and principles of statics to beam design. The student learns to determine the centroid, moment of inertia and radius of gyration of simple and more complex sections. The application, of these to the structural engineering field and the mechanical properties of materials is demonstrated and discussed.

    MGMT-1001 -  Contract Administration

    In this course, the student studies engineering and construction related contract documents. Types of contracts, the stages of construction projects and principles of Contract law are studied and will assist the student as an inspector on a construction project, and in the preparation of contract specifications and plans.

    SFTY-1029 -  Health & Safety

    People who go to work should feel confident that they will end their work day uninjured and healthy, both mentally and physically. Working conditions have not always been as safe as they are today, and remain unsafe in many parts of the world. Terms such as "mad as a hatter" and "canary in a coal mine" reflect historical exposure to toxic chemicals as a result of deficiencies in workplace health and safety. Ontario's current policies and legislation are the result of a long history of workers striving for better and safer working conditions.Workplace safety can be divided into two broad categories: physical and psychosocial. Students need to be aware of both to ensure a healthy, safe and productive work environment. Through discussions, lectures and films covering a variety of topics such as historical workplace conditions, disasters and resulting injuries in Canada and elsewhere in the world, students will learn to understand and appreciate the evolution of workplace safety, health policies and practices in place today.This course will provide students with knowledge of the legislation, policies, procedures, agencies, organizations and committees whose purpose is to protect workers against health and safety hazards on the job. Topics will include the history of health and safety in Canada and around the world, federal and provincial legislation, hazard classification systems, fire prevention, air quality, ergonomics and the cause and prevention of workplace violence.This course addresses both physical and psychosocial factors related to ensuring a healthy, safe and productive work enviromnent.

    SURV-1008 -  Plane Surveying-Intro
    The course is intended to familiarize the student with the equipment and basic techniques of plane surveying as related to the Civil Engineering profession.

    SURV-5005 -  Survey Field Application

    An advanced survey course that provides an opportunity for students to practically apply knowledge gained in their first year of study. Students will complete field exercises that parallel survey applications and procedures utilized in a variety of construction settings. Exercises include roadway curve layout, topographical information capture, and sewer layout.

    WRIT-1039 -  Reason & Writing 1-Technology
    This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected issues and terms in technology.

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