If you envision a future shaping the look and design of your community from its buildings to bridges to water and sewer systems, then Civil Engineering Technology is the program for you.
Civil engineering technologists are the minds that build society’s infrastructure, including roads, urban subdivisions and storm-water systems.
In our nationally-accredited Civil Engineering Technology program, we’ll help you turn your strong mathematical and science skills into the creative yet logical mind of a civil engineering technologist.
Starting with a comprehensive introduction to engineering fundamentals in your first year and developing a practical understanding of engineering design in your second, you’ll become familiar with the latest tools and software in use throughout the industry, including computer-assisted drafting (CAD), architectural engineering and construction (AEC), and geographic information systems (GIS).
Of course, it won’t all be theory and classroom lectures. You’ll use industry-standard computer applications to complete your projects and you’ll even have opportunities to interact with today’s engineering technology professionals. Applied research opportunities will bring your knowledge and hands-on experience together through projects that take you into the field, using data from real sites to develop your personal portfolio.
Build your future today by applying to the Civil Engineering Technology program!
All the classroom, fieldwork and project experience you gain from the program will prepare you for a great career as a:
- Construction Estimator
- Construction Inspector
- Construction Manager
- Government / Municipality Engineering Consulting
- Infrastructure Designer
- Materials Testing Technologist
- Roadway Designer
- Structural Designer
- Quality Assurance / Control Technologist
For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.
- Lethbridge College
- Athabasca University
- University of Alberta
- University of Calgary
- Lakehead University
- Camosun College / University of British Columbia
- Royal Roads University
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Students are accepted into the Civil Engineering Technology program for the Fall (September) term only.
General admission requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):
- a minimum grade of 50 per cent in Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-1) or 60 per cent in Grade 12 Math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2)
- Grade 11 Physics or Grade 12 Science
Please note that Grade 12 Biology and/or Grade 12 Chemistry will not be accepted in lieu of Grade 12 Science.
Basic understanding of computer technology, such as word processing and copying files, as well as familiarity working in a Windows-based environment is required.
Practicum experience requirements
There is an elective practicum component to this program. The college dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.
Mobile learning program
This is a mobile learning program that requires students to purchase a mobile device from Lethbridge College complete with program specific software. Find out more.
Prior learning assessment (PLA)
If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment. Please direct your inquiries to the program chair.
Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.
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- Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
- Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
- Students in this program are required to purchase a mobile learning device from the college. Check your admissions letter for more details or contact your program and check the Mobile Learning page.
- Tuition for international students is assessed at three times that of domestic students. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.
Set yourself up for success with a recognized credential
Our engineering technologies programs have a long tradition of training outstanding engineering technologists. Our grads are sought after by employers around the country and often have multiple job offers before they even graduate. So, how did we build programs that actually equip our students for their future careers? Well, it’s simple.
- Small class sizes: You won’t get lost in the crowd here. Our focus on small class sizes means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with your instructors.
- Experienced instructors: Our instructors have been there, done that and want to help you follow in their footsteps. They have great backgrounds and remain connected to the industry.
- Facilities: It’s not just theory. We have the space, the equipment and the technology for you to put theory into practice. And what you use in the classroom is what you’ll use on the job.
Hands-on, immersive learning
Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education
Train for your career in the largest construction project in college history.
Reshaping the college landscape, redefining your education
Our new Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility positions Lethbridge College as the institution for trades training in southern Alberta by bringing together students, faculty and industry to create a vibrant, responsive learning environment.
The facility is the single most important capital investment for trades and technologies in southern Alberta in over 50 years. It’s also the largest construction project in the college’s history. It has increased our capacity to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople, engineers and interior designers. And it’s revolutionized our curriculum, bringing together students, faculty and industry partners in a modern, environmentally-sensitive space that features:
- modern labs, apprentice shops, tool rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and offices
- more than 200 solar tubes to provide natural light to the workshops and classrooms and to reduce emergency costs (cool fact: the electric lights in the building are programmed to dim or increase based on how much light is coming in naturally)
- 60 welding booths set up for students to learn five different welding processes
- rooms housing wind turbine components to train on
- a design studio and extensive materials library
- a multi-purpose lab that provides students with learning opportunities for fluid mechanics and surveying applications
- a dedicated 3D printing room
- collaborative spaces to incubate the great ideas of tomorrow
This state-of-the-art facility wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of our industry partners, donors, alumni and friends. And they delivered, investing in the workforce of tomorrow, investing in you.
Equipping you for your career
From here to there: alumni updates
Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.
Michael works managing the capital works program, asset management and special project delivery for the City of Cranbrook’s Department of Infrastructure Planning and Delivery. He is also the executive vice president of JCI Canada, which is part of the largest worldwide network of young active citizens.
– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons
Todd J. Sauve
Todd has worked directly in civil engineering for more than 12 years before moving into project management and operations management. In addition to hiring many Lethbridge College grads, he served on the college’s Civil Engineering Technology program advisory council.
– From Spring 2016 Wider Horizons
“Just thought I’d check in and let everyone know that what each and every one of the instructors taught me during my time at Lethbridge College is being put to good use. In September 2014, I began working for Daytona Homes in Lethbridge as their estimator/architectural technician. I recently found out that Daytona Homes is a partner in the 2015 College Home project. At first I wasn’t sure what that meant – I was too busy doing homework in the last couple of years to notice what was going on in the outside world! After researching the project, I can proudly say that I am so very honoured to not only be a recent honours graduate of the Civil Engineering diploma program at Lethbridge College, but to also have the privilege of being the estimator/architectural tech/draftsperson in the building of this College Home in Copperwood. Plus, the fact that this home is raising funds for the new trades and technologies facility at Lethbridge College has me absolutely thrilled!”
– From Fall 2015 Wider Horizons
Lisa Nast Civil
“I moved to Saskatoon after graduation and was employed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure as a surveyor. From there, I moved on to another position: quality control technologist with Lafarge Canada. I am now with Innovation Place, a crown corporation of Saskatchewan, working as a project technologist in their Project Management division.”
– From Spring 2011 Wider Horizons
“My Lethbridge College education afforded me a chance to work in a challenging career field (engineering) and provided opportunities for employment, travel and personal development which I may not have gained without it. Thanks to all those who helped me learn the material.”
– From Fall 2010 Wider Horizons