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

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



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


Note: Additional training and/or certification may be required.


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:

Civil engineers can find employment in the following settings:

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

Source:, LMI Report for Manitoba


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 Engineers as the following:
$28.85 / hour (average in MB)
$40.72 / hour (average in MB)
$61.06 / hour (average in MB)
$28.85 / hour (Winnipeg)
$40.72 / hour (Winnipeg)
$61.54 / hour (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:

* 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 through 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 choose from)
  • Architectural/Engineering
  • Environmental Protection
  • Geomatics
  • Municipal Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
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.