Civil Engineering Technician/ Technologist (C.E.T)


$27.03/ hour - $46.61/ hour



At a glance

Civil engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services to scientists, engineers and other professionals, or may work independently in fields such as structural engineering, municipal engineering, construction design and supervision, highways and transportation engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering and environmental protection. They are employed by consulting engineering and construction companies, public works, transportation and other government departments and in many other industries.

Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011, 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians



Source: Skills Ontario

Work environment

The work environment of civil engineering technicians/ technologists consists of working indoors and outdoors. Civil engineers need to visit the construction or work site to perform site inspections, may supervise others and perform tests on various contruction materials. Other requirements and/or conditions of the job may include,

  • May travel outside of the city to rural or remote areas to work on construciton projects
  • Work 8 hours/ day, 5 days a week
  • Evenings and weekends may be required to meet project deadlines
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a requirement of working on construction sites

Civil engineers can find employment in the the following settings:

  • Architectural, engineering and design services
  • Construction companies
  • Consulting engineering firms
  • Federal government public adminstration
  • Land developers
  • Local, municipal, regional, Indigenous and other public administration
  • Private sector manufacturing
  • Provincial and territorial public administration

As of December 2016, there are approximately 600 people working in this occupation.

Source:, LMI Report for Manitoba

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


According to, and their Labour Market Information for Manitoba, they list low, medium, and high wages for Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians as the following:

$15.50/ hour (average in MB) $27.03/ hour (average in MB) $46.61/ hour (average in MB)
$17.52/ hour in Winnipeg $28.00/ hour in Winnipeg $48.00/ hour in Winnipeg



If you are still in high school, here are some suggested subject areas to study that could help prepare you for further training in this field. Please check if these courses are available at your school and/or whether they will meet your graduation requirements. Some examples may include the following:

  • English
  • Mathematics*, Probability & Statistics, Algebra & Geometry, Calculus*
  • Science, Chemistry, Physics
  • Geography,World Issues
  • Computers, Drafting & Design, Technology

*Important Advisory Note: If you have weak mathematical skills, or if you completed Essentials Math in high school (instead of the recommended Applied Math or Pre-Calculus Math), it is strongly recommended that you take the preparatory Mathematics for Technology course available throughout Continuing Education at RRC, prior to beginning the program.


To become a Civil Engineering Technician or Technologist In Manitoba, you must study Civil Engineering Technology or a related field. You can study this program at the following post-secondary institutions:

Assiniboine Community College (ACC)

Civil Technician

12 month Certificate (includes co-op experience)
ACC has connections with Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg that allow you to pursue a more focused field of study. RRC offers six diploma programs (See below)
Red River College (RRC)

ACCESS Civil Engineering Technology (Program for Aboriginal applicants)

This ACCESS program is designed to prepare students for the one of three programs

Civil Technician Program

Earn a Civil Technician's Certificate by completing two years of academic studies and a co-op education work placement program.

CAD (Computer Aided Design) Technology Program

Earn a CAD Technology Diploma by completing of 2.75 years of academic studies plus one term of co-op education work placement. There is one program option: Building Design CAD Technology.

Civil Engineering Technology Programs

Earn a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma by completing 3.75 years of academic studies plus two terms of co-op education work placement. There are five program options:

  • Architectural/Engineering
  • Environmental Protection
  • Geomatics
  • Municipal Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
Red River College (RRC)

Civil Engineering Technology

Diploma Program (includes co-op experience)
Year 1 - general first year in Civil Engineering Technology (six disciplines to chose from)
  • Architectural/Engineering Technology
  • Building Design Technology
  • Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Geomatics Technology
  • Municipal Engineering Technology
  • Structural Engineering Technology
Years 2 & 3 - you will choose one program based on your GPA and prerequisites

*Note: Third years applies to 32-month programs at RRC.

The Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists accredit the 32-month Civil Engineering Technology Diploma programs. Accreditation at the Technician level is being sought for the 20-month CAD Technology program.

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