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  • Objectives
    This three-year program provides the student with career opportunities in the field of civil/environmental engineering at the engineering technologist level. The curriculum is designed to provide a balanced education in civil engineering, catering to students' special interests by means of a major project in the third year.
  • Practical experience
    Classroom instruction will be complemented by participation at an in-house training session in a local civil/environmental engineering consulting firm, environmental monitoring training in the field, visits to solid waste management facilities and to sites undergoing environmental remediation.
  • Academic Title
    Environmental - Civil Engineering Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    CIVL1030     Statics

    Description: This course deals with the equilibrium of forces and structures as one of the basic concepts of mechanics. Illustrations of real structures and numerous examples are presented in order to demonstrate the conditions for equilibrium. A standard framework for problem-solving is introduced and used to establish the equilibrium of beams and trusses under the applied forces.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    CIVL1130     Introduction to Civil Projects and Construction Safety

    Description: This course introduces the student to the terminology used in Civil Engineering through the study of drawings and specifications. The documents for a variety of building projects, land development projects, as well as, municipal works are reviewed. Further, this course uses information supplied by the Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO) to prescribe safety precautions required on construction sites. The implications of WHIMIS are examined and construction site accidents and safety procedures are discussed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH1080     Mathematics I
    Description: Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Mathematics (General Level)

    This course provides an extensive review and upgrading of some of the topics taken by students in high school. Its purpose is to ensure that the student has a fluent background in algebra and trigonometry in order to succeed in subsequent work in technology. The material covered includes fundamental arithmetic and algebraic operations, geometry, trigonometry and vectors. Functional notation and the graphical representation of a variety of functions are discussed. As well, the solution of systems of linear equations by algebraic methods and the solving of quadratic equations using examples and problems relating to the building industry are also discussed.
    Please note: This course is restircted to students attending a full-tim engineering or Information Technology program.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    SCIE1150     Science for Technology
    Description: This course is designed to increase the student’s knowledge of physics and chemistry as it applies to the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology. It provides a foundation in physics and chemistry that will be useful in subsequent courses in these programs. This course will cover the fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry with respect to such applications as measurement, density, force and acceleration, fluids, heat transfer and thermal expansion of solids, chemical laws, atoms, molecules and chemical equations and reactions. An emphasis is placed on problem solving to illustrate how these concepts of physics and chemistry are used in the field of technology.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    SURV1010     Surveying I

    Description: This course introduces the student to plane surveying as it applies to the construction industry. It deals with the language of surveying, places an emphasis on field work with basic surveying instruments to provide an understanding and familiarity with the measurement and recording of survey information and the processing of that information.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Two
    CIVL1070     CAD I

    Description: This course is designed to develop basic AutoCAD skills learned in Computer Applications by introducing additional commands and techniques. The course includes the preparation and organization of drawing files as well as the commands and techniques necessary to prepare simple, civil engineering drawings for design and construction.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CIVL1090     Mechanics of Materials Theory
    Description: This course introduces the concepts of stress and strain in structures. Structures deflect, twist and change shape and form under the applied forces. The knowledge of stress and strain is used to develop a consistent approach for analysis of deformations of structures under the applied loads. The concepts of stress and strain are later used in the design, where structures can be made of different construction materials.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1030

    CIVL1100     Building Loads and Analysis
    Description: This course introduces the students to the philosophy of Limit States Design and Working Stress Design, as well as the building loads as specified by the building codes. The students will learn how to calculate various design loads, such as self-weight, human occupancy, snow and wind. The students will also learn the concept of load transfer in a simple building.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1030

    CIVL1140     Technical Drafting and Estimating
    Description: This course emphasizes the development of manual drawings to assist in the determination of quantity and area calculations and also in the preparation of cost estimates for a variety of civil engineering applications. In addition, students learn to develop spreadsheet solutions to estimating problems.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMM1180     Effective Technical Communications I
    Description: Recommended: The course content is based on the assumption that students can demonstrate competency in the use of the English language.

    NOTE: This is course does not qualify for a General Education exemption.

    This level-one course is designed to introduce students to industrial and business communications. Emphasis is placed on analyzing audience, determining purpose and effective ordering of ideas for various written communications such as letters and memoranda in the technical environment. As well, all students are expected to participate in group work throughout the semester and are expected to give an oral presentation.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CONS1140     Construction Materials
    Description: This course introduces the student to concrete, asphalt and other construction materials and their applications in Civil Engineering. Tests on fine and course aggregates are performed to determine their suitability in concrete and asphalt mix designs. The relationship between the flexural and compressive strength of concrete is determined by means of destructive testing on concrete shapes.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    MATH1090     Mathematics II

    Description: This course is a continuation of Mathematics I. It includes the following topics: functions and graphs, exponents and radicals, determinants, introduction to probability and statistics, and plane analytic geometry. In addition, a number of different equation types are solved. These include trigonometric, logarithmic, exponential and non-linear equations, as well as equations containing radicals. The student is also instructed in the use of semilogarithmic and logarithmic graph paper as a means of solving certain applied problems.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1080

    Level Three
    CIVL2010     CAD II

    Description: This course is a continuation of CAD I. The student's knowledge of AutoCAD commands and techniques will be enhanced through further AutoCAD instruction. Tips, tricks and advanced techniques are discussed to improve drawing speed and efficiency. Students develop more complex engineering drawings for design and construction.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1070

    CIVL2040     Mechanics Of Fluids

    Description: This course deals with basic principles of Fluid Mechanics and their applications. It will involve a study of the properties of compressible and incompressible fluids and the importance of these properties in the solution of problems in fluids at rest and in motion. The student will also be introduced to fluid statics, manometers, buoyancy, and kinematics of fluid flow in pipes.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1030, MATH1090, SCIE1150

    CIVL2170     Structural Theory
    Description: The course provides the skills required to analyze various structures subject to static and moving loads. Axial force, bending moment and shear force diagrams for bent beams, simple frames and pinned frames are calculated. The concept of influence lines is introduced and used to analyze a variety of structures subject to moving loads. The lecture portion is complemented by computer labs where structural engineering software is used to reinforce the structural theory and to solve more complex structures.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1100

    ENVR2020     Site Remediation and Development

    Description: This course studies the process required for the remediation and redevelopment of "Brownfield Sites" in the province of Ontario. The course provides and overview of the regulatory requirements associated with the Brownfield redevelopment process. The Phase I/II site assessment activities covered in detail in the Environmental Auditing and Site Assessment course is briefly reviewed and placed in context of the overall process. This course emphasizes Brownfield Site activities that occur after site assessment and characterization is complete.

    The students will complete a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for a case study site. The RAP will include identification of potential remedial technologies, evaluation of the technical, economic, social, regulatory, and implementability aspects of each technology, and the selection of a preferred technology to cleanup contaminated soils and groundwater at the study site.

    The students will prepare tender specifications and drawings for the remediation of the study site. An evaluation of actual bids for an Brownfield Site remediation will be completed. The students will identify site management activities that are conducted during the construction phase pf Brownfield Site remediation. Mock scenarios will be used to demonstrate situations and issues that can arise during the construction phase.

    This course studies the processes and activities that occur at both rehabilitated Brownfield Sites and Greenfield Sites. Particular emphasis is placed on environmental issues such as stormwater management and the impacts of development on groundwater resources.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    ENVR3030     Field Methods in Environmental Engineering I

    Description: This is a course dealing with the various field methods and equipment used in environmental engineering. The student will use accepted equipment and protocols to sample various media including soil, groundwater, surface water, sewer discharges, surface water, and sediment. The students will supervise the installation of a groundwater monitoring well, collect soil samples, prepare borehole logs, collect groundwater samples, perform hydraulic testing, measure stream flow rates, and collect sediment and surface water samples. Survey methods used in environmental work will be reviewed and practiced. QA/QC procedures are studied. The importance of record keeping, data logging, and data management to the legal aspects of environmental projects is emphasized.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MATH2065     Calculus

    Description: This course covers the concepts of differentiation and integration. It begins with a discussion of the concept of a limit which leads to the derivative. Algebraic functions are differentiated by various rules of differentiation and applied problems are solved using the same rules. The concept of the differential and antiderivatives are used to develop the ideas of integration and various topics involving definite and indefinite integration will be discussed. This course serves as an introduction to the applications of differential and integral calculus of algebraic functions where the applications include related rates, maximum and minimum, study of motion, and area calculations.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: MATH1090

    SURV2010     Surveying II (Civil)

    Description: This course enhances the student's ability to understand and apply surveying procedures in the field of engineered construction. The principles of circular and vertical highway curves are studied. The total station and data collectors are introduced.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: SURV1010

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Four
    CIVL2020     Highway Technology I
    Description: This course is an introduction to Highway Design. The student is introduced to the design and construction problems that occur in both the office and the field. Students begin simple geometric road design.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: SURV2010

    CIVL2060     Hydraulics
    Description: This course in hydraulics builds on the Mechanics of Fluids course; allowing students to develop theoretical and practical skills necessary to design pipe and open flow systems. Topics that are directly related to Water Resources and Water Structures in Civil Engineering are covered. Subjects such as orifices and restrictives, open channel flow and design, flow control and flow measurement in open channels and culvert design will be examined.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2040

    CIVL2080     Project Solutions in Civil Engineering
    Description: The student will develop solutions to civil engineering problems using a project management approach. Several problems will be solved during the semester working in a small team environment. Project elements including scope, cost and schedule will be addressed and the student's work will be documented in formal technical reports. Student presentations of their work are also an element of the course.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1070, CIVL1130

    CIVL2090     Reinforced Concrete I

    Description: This course introduces reinforced concrete as a construction material. Topics include structural properties of reinforced concrete, construction details, and structural design of rectangular beams, footings and slabs on grade.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1090, CIVL2170

    CIVL2110     Soils and Foundations I
    Description: This first course in Soils and Foundations will serve as an introduction to soils in relation to the field of civil engineering and the construction industry. Concepts such as engineering geology, weight volume relationships of soils, and the classification of soils will be introduced.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2040, CONS1140

    CIVL2210     Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)

    Description: This course will introduce the students to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) as it relates to the surveying, mapping and presentation of data relevant to aspects of the land development industry. Students will be involved in group projects that follow development from the planning and concept stage through the final design and post construction phase. Data will be collected using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) equipment particularly the Global Positioning System (GPS). Students will be exposed to other GNSS configurations such as GLONASS and GALILEO. Students will be exposed to how GPS data ties in with other information such as aerial photography and infrastructure information from Geographical Information System (GIS) databases as well as incorporating survey data from Total Station equipment.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: SURV2010

    ENVR2010     Solid Waste Engineering & Management

    Description: This course focuses on the application of technology for managing solid and hazardous waste. The student will be required to apply engineering technology to solve solid waste management issues encountered by industry, consultants, and municipalities. The classifications, characteristics and generation rates of solid waste are reviewed. Solid waste collection issues including collection techniques, routing, and transfer station siting are studied. The importance of recycling, reuse, reduction, and waste diversion techniques/initiatives in the management of solid wastes will be emphasized. Various disposal alternatives including incineration, composting and landfilling are investigated. Students will identify waste streams and waste reduction strategies used at selected industrial facilities.

    The course covers the design of engineering controls for modern landfills in accordance with O.Reg. 232/98. The students will prepare a preliminary design of a modern landfill including liner, cap, leachate collection system, landfill gas control and utilization system, stormwater management system, and final grading plan. The generation, control, and potential utilization of landfill gas at landfill sites will be studied. Landfill operation issues, siting, monitoring requirements and final land use issues are studied.

    The course includes field trips to complement classroom instruction. A field trip will be taken to an active landfill site where landfilling techniques, cover methods, leachate and gas control, waste diversion techniques, and household hazardous waste management techniques can be viewed. A field trip will be taken to a closed landfill site to demonstrate the operation of a landfill gas control system and to study the problems associated with a closed landfill. Field trips may also be taken to a used oil recycler and to select industrial facilities.

    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    ENVR3060     Field Methods in Environmental Engineering II
    Description: This is a practical hands-on course that provides instruction on the latest field methods used in environmental engineering. The student will use accepted protocols and equipment to sample asbestos and mould. Global Positioning System equipment will be used to identify sampling locations. The student will be able to accurately identify and classify geologic media in the field according to ASTM standards. The course studies the use of geophysics as a screening tool in environmental assessments. The students will install and sample stream bed piezometers. The students will conduct indoor air quality sampling. The students will conduct landfill gas probe monitoring at a local landfill. The students will participate in a mock asbestos removal demonstration.

    Students will receive training in the field methods employed during environmental cleanups including jar headspace analysis, waste management regulation slump testing and confirmatory sampling requirements. The course emphasizes the application of the concepts learned through the use of labs, field exercises, field demonstrations, and field trips. A field trip will be taken to a local environmental analysis laboratory.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: ENVR3030

    Level Five
    CIVL2180     Steel Design and Detailing

    Description: This course introduces the student to framing concepts, member design and development of working drawings using steel as the structural material. Principles of connection design and development of shop drawings are also included.
    Hours: 75
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL1090, CIVL2170

    CIVL3010     Computer Aided Land Development
    Description: This course is designed to further enhance the student's computer skills and to expose the student to land development software packages commonly used in industry. Typical civil engineering problems are discussed, evaluated, and solved using land development software packages.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2010, CIVL2020, SURV2010

    CIVL3070     Soils and Foundations II

    Description: This intermediate course in Soils and Foundations will give the Civil Technology student an in-depth study of topics related to soils and building foundations. Topics such as plasticity and consistency, permeability and hydraulic properties of soils, dewatering, compaction, neutral and effective stresses, and shear strength theory are examined. Laboratory testing of soils will also be conducted by the student.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2110

    CIVL3090     Storm Water Management
    Description: This course builds student knowledge and understanding of the management of storm water runoff as it relates to the land development process. The course reviews the hydrologic cycle and hydrology. Concepts and definitions developed for storm rainfall, infiltration. Major topics in this course include: storm water runoff, overview of hydrologic cycle, overview of development process, hydrograph, quantity control, quality control, water balance, and introduction to computer simulation models. The student will design storm water management facilities for the development of a commercial property from a green field.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2060

    CIVL3150     Civil Technology Project - I

    Description: This is the first half of a two-semester civil engineering design project course. The student, as a member of a group, preferably of two or three, will be required to develop a solution to a civil engineering problem under faculty and industry consultant guidance. The student is required to present a report on the project which includes a full set of complete drawings and written documentation. By end of the first semester, the preliminary design of the selected project will be completed.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2010, CIVL2080

    ENVR3040     Hydrogeology I
    Description: This course provides the student with a basic understanding of physical hydrogeology. The course covers basic physical hydrogeological concepts and definitions as they apply to environmental engineering applications. Concepts and definitions studied include hydraulic conductivity and fluid potential, Darcy's Law, groundwater flow equations, water table, capillary fringe, aquifers and aquitards, aquifer, piezometer testing, and pump testing. Precautions to be taken during the installation of groundwater monitoring and water supply wells are discussed. Major topics in this course include aquifer properties, groundwater flow, and groundwater resource evaluation.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    ENVR3080     Environmental Auditing and Site Assessment
    Description: The various types of environmental audits and site assessments are studied. The student is instructed in the tasks and activities associated with compliance audits, risk audits, environmental management system audits, Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments. These activities include archival searches, site inspections, review of owner and regulatory files, and sample collection. The legislation relative to environmental audits and site assessments is reviewed. The legal aspects of buying and selling contaminated property in Ontario is discussed. The student will be required to complete an environmental compliance audit of the College as a major project.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SURV2020     Survey Camp
    Description: The course is intended to provide the student with refined practical skills and an opportunity to participate in extensive field exercises in surveying in addition to the normal field classes presented during the teaching year. Vertical and horizontal controls are established for highway projects.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: SURV2010

    Level Six
    CIVL3040     Contract Administration

    Description: This course introduces the student to the administration of construction contracts including the management of relations among the client, the consultants and the general contractor. Topics include specifications, quality control, project management, and C.P.M.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CIVL3050     Water Supply
    Description: This course covers topics relating to water supply such as estimating municipal water supply quantities, water distribution, and water treatment processing.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2060

    CIVL3080     Soils and Foundations III

    Description: In this advanced course on Soils and Foundations, emphasis will be placed on the geotechnical aspects of foundation design for commercial and industrial buildings. Students will learn about soil consolidation and settlement of foundation structures. Aspects of shallow foundations, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressures and retaining structures are also studied.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL3070

    CIVL3160     Civil Technology Project - II
    Description: This is the second half of a two-hour civil engineering design project course. The student, as a member of a group, preferably of two or three, will be required to complete the working drawing design of a civil engineering project under faculty and/or industry consultant guidance. The student is required to present a report on the project which includes a full set of complete drawings and written documentation.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL3150

    ENVR3020     Waste-Water Treatment
    Description: The course includes estimating the quantities of domestic sewage flows, layout planning of waste water collection systems, design and construction of sewers, sewage treatment processes, disposal of effluent and sludges. It also includes the Private Sewage Disposal Systems for Sewage not connected to sewers.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CIVL2060

    ENVR3070     Hazardous Waste Site Worker Training
    Description: Most environmental consulting firms and environmental contractors require field personnel to receive health and safety training. This course provides comprehensive health and safety training for work on hazardous waste sites. The training will be provided by a qualified instructor and will meet OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 40 hours training requirements.

    The course will identify the nature of various hazards on these sites including chemical exposure, fire and explosion, oxygen deficiency, biological, physical and electrical hazards, heat stress, exposure and noise. The student will be instructed in site control, safe work practices, decontamination procedures, site emergencies and response procedures. Training will be provided in the use of field monitoring equipment and personal protective equipment.
    Hours: 40
    Credits: 3

    LIBS1340     Law, Ethics and Professional Practice

    Description: This course will cover, in a structured manner, relevant topics and case studies in law, ethics and professional practice related to the work of professionals in Canada. The students will develop proper understanding of the social, historical and philosophical contexts underlying a profession’s legal responsibilities, foundations of ethical decision making processes, principles of professional liability and the general duties of professionals towards the society.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

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