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  • 32-month diploma
  • Year 1 - general first year in Civil Engineering Technology (September start; 8 months long)
  • Years 2 & 3 - Environmental Engineering Technology Option (late October start; each 6 months long)
  • Late October entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
    • Mandatory six-month work term after Year 1 and Year 2
  • Laptop delivery
  • Possible Accreditation: Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM), Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO CANADA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM), Engineering Licensee (Eng. L.)

The Certified Technicians and Technologists Association (CTTAM) has partnered with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) to create the Specific Scope of Practice License (Eng. L.).

As a certified Engineering Licensee, you will have the opportunity to practice engineering or geoscience within a limited scope of a specific discipline, even if you do not have an engineering or geoscience degree. With your RRC Polytech engineering technology diploma, you will need at least 5 years of work experience before applying (8 years total, includes schooling).

To find out more about this new license category, please go to the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba website at: http://www.enggeomb.ca/SSPL.html  


The demand for sustainable development and environmental protection is growing worldwide. The Environmental Engineering Technology program focuses on stewardship of environmental resources. The curriculum includes aspects of water resources management and protection, water supply and treatment, wastewater collection and treatment, soil remediation, solid waste management, air quality, GIS and remote sensing, environmental management, project management, and health and safety. The program provides opportunity for you to gain work experience in relevant industries through two co-op work terms.

You must register in and successfully complete Year 1 of Civil Engineering Technology. You can then enter Environmental Engineering Technology in Year Two after your first six-month work co-op.

In the Environmental Engineering Technology program, you take more advanced courses and build on the competencies you gained in your first year. The focus is on application and design. Courses include subjects such as:

• Environmental Sciences

• Water Resources

• Water & Wastewater Treatment

• Waste Management

• Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

• Environmental Management

An applied technical project is incorporated into the final year.

Admission Requirements

To apply to this program, you must have successfully completed the first year of the Civil Engineering Technology program with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CPGA) of 2.00 and have a minimum grade of C in CIVL-1019 Chemistry.

Who Should Enrol?

To excel in Environmental Engineering Technology you should:
  • Have an interest in the environment
  • Be interested in analyzing and/or remediating urban environments
  • Have a strong attention to detail
  • Be committed to achieving excellence in your work
  • Thrive in a technically-driven industry
  • Have a passion for solving problems
  • Work well independently and as part of a team
  • Be interested in participating in design and/or implementation of  environmental and municipal infrastructure projects
  • Enjoy working in both field and office environments

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 2
Year 3
Books and Supplies
Year 2
Year 3
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 2
Year 3
1Students register into Civil Technology for Year 1. Program fees include a Co-op term at $1184.
2Students register into Civil Technology for Year 1. Program fees include a Co-op term at $1184.

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Year 2
Term 4Credit Hours
CIVL-2031Chemistry 2
Term 5Credit Hours
Year 3
Term 6Credit Hours
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
CIVC-1044Project Administration
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The project management portion of this course will introduce the nine knowledge areas and five process groups which comprise Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge. Students will learn to apply a variety of tools and techniques used in the management of projects. Students will also learn to use the basics of Microsoft Project to plan, schedule and track projects. The second part of this course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the content and organization of the contract documents, and how they are used in the estimating, bidding and construction phases of a project. Students will learn the basic procedures for preparing detailed quantity take-offs, pricing of labour and materials, and calculation of general expenses. Also covered will be an introduction to the various contract administration procedures and processes.

CIVL-2001Calculus & Statistics
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You will be introduced to differential and integral calculus and statistics. Applications include linear motion, optimization problems, the area between curves, centroids, fluid pressure and arc length. Frequency distributions, central tendency, dispersion measures and graphs of statistical data are studied, including normal distributions and regression.

Take (CIVL-1011 and CIVL-2023), or take CIVL-1004.
CIVL-2006Geo-Environmental Fundamentals
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This course will assist you in classifying soil, computation of mass/volume relationships, defining basic groundwater terminology and developing and executing an environmental sampling program. You will be able to classify a soil using the Unified and AASTHO methods, calculate basic soil properties and perform fundamental groundwater flow calculations. You will be able to design an environmental sampling program and use a variety of environmental sampling equipment.

Take CIVL-2027;
CIVL-2007Environmental Management
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Organizations are realizing the benefits and importance of developing and implementing an effective Environmental Management System to address sustainable initiatives, targets, and meet or exceed operational regulations. Students will follow the ISO 14001 standard to develop key components of an EMS with special consideration given to the Deming Cycle principle. Emphasis will be placed on developing an environmental policy, analyzing aspects and impacts, and creating an Emergency Response and Preparedness plan. Additionally, this course will explore Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments; providing students an opportunity to analyze and apply appropriate environmental guidelines in varying scenarios. Finally, Environmental Impact Assessments will explore the influence of environmental regulations, the process of acquiring operational licenses, performing audits and life cycle assessments.

CIVL-2009Fundamentals of GIS
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This course provides students with the fundamentals of GIS technology including an introduction to digital geography, the basics of digital geographic data and maps, approaches for the input, storage, and editing of digital geographic data, the spatial analysis of digital geographic data, and the methods used for GIS output.  Students will gain practical experience using GIS software across a variety of applications.

CIVL-2012Environmental Analysis
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This course provides fundamental knowledge about the environmental resources, potential sources of pollution and possible strategies for analysis and remediation of the resources. In the first part of the course the basic concepts of minerals, classification and identification of rocks, plate tectonics, Canada’s terrains and geological processes that formed them are briefly explained. The major sources of soil pollution and main techniques for soil analysis and soil remediation are also included in this part. The second part of the course focuses on water resources and water quality management. The characteristics of water resources in Canada and sources of water pollution are included in this part. Also the main strategies for water quality management and water remediation are explained in this part. The third part of the course will focus on sources of air pollution in Canada and air pollution control strategies.  In the last part of the course, the Environmental Legislations concerning civil engineering projects in Canada and Manitoba are discussed.

CIVL-2020Environmental Sciences
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This course will provide students with a stronger background in the sciences related to the environment. The course of studies includes ecology, toxicology, water and wastewater chemistry, microbiology, and organic chemistry. The lab component will provide students the opportunity to apply techniques and concepts learned in lecture. Projects will encourage students to research environmental issues with greater depth and discover possible solutions for the future.

CIVL-2031Chemistry 2
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This course will introduce the students to the chemistry of solutions and the ideal gas law. These topics explain the molecular interactions of molecules in liquid and gas phases. The latter part of this course will focus on organic chemistry, which will include the study of proteins and nucleic acids. These biomolecules play an important role in water chemistry and microbiology which will be covered in more depth in the Environmental Science courses.

CIVL-2032Health and Safety
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Students will be able to discuss and recognize hazards associated with five key categories found in many workplaces: chemical, microbiological, physical, ergonomic and psychosocial. In addition to recognizing hazards, students will be able to recommend appropriate and feasible mitigation measures. Special emphasis will be placed on working safely around traffic, the Workers Compensation Board, and developing a complete Health and Safety program. Students will gain practical experience conducting a job hazard analysis and exploring applicable workplace legislation.

CIVL-3005Applied Research Project
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This course consists of submitting a formal comprehensive report on a topic related to the Environmental Protection Technology Field. The students will select an original applied research project, a practical laboratory project or a case study that must be approved by the ARP Coordinator.

CIVL-3007Waste Management
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This course will provide an in-depth look at solid waste and industrial waste management with emphasis on management processes, practices and applications.

CIVL-3008Water & Waste Water
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This course consists of four modules (A) Water Distribution (B) Water Treatment (C) Wastewater Collection (D) Wastewater Treatment. Module A covers the hydraulic principles of pressure flow and the design/layout of a municipal water distribution system. Module B explains the principles of water treatment and applies these principles in the preliminary design of a municipal water treatment plant. Module C includes the basic hydraulics of gravity flow and the design/layout of a municipal wastewater/storm water collection system. Module D defines different types of wastewater pumping stations, explains wastewater characteristics and covers the preliminary design of a wastewater treatment plant and facultative lagoon.

CIVL-3011Remote Sensing & Digital Photo
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This course is an introduction to image processing and interpretation of remotely sensed imagery. Lectures focus on the electromagnetic spectrum, image classification, photogrammetry, and an introduction to optical, radar, and lidar sensors. The course will also include optical image classification procedures, classification error evaluation, image interpretation, image display, image filtering, DEM production from stero-pair imagery, and orthoimage production.

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This course introduces students to the study of hydrology and focuses on the physical process of water movement via precipitation, interception, evaporation, runoff, infiltration, groundwater flow and stream flow. Appropriate hydrologic models will be discussed in this course. Since hydrology is a quantitative science, assignments involving calculations using Excel form is an important part of the course.

CIVL-3026Engineering Economics
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This course provides an introduction to engineering decision making. It deals primarily with cash flows associated with engineering projects and related mathematical tools for manipulating monetary values over time. The course also presents less quantifiable considerations related to business policy, social responsibility, and ethics. Key studies include basic elements of engineering decision making, financial depreciation of assets, economic methods for comparing costs and benefits that occur at different times, cash flow analysis using principal formulas and compound interest factors, methods of evaluating and comparing projects, and methods of making choices about possible replacement of assets.

CIVL-3027Supervisory Management
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The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of management and supervision in the workplace. Managerial functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, controlling are introduced. Employee centered topics include motivation, and decision making. Leadership issues will cover the management of change, building effective work teams, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Finally, performance management, and strategies for resolving conflict will be introduced.

CIVW-2008Co-Op Work Placement
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Students are required to complete a 6-month Co-operative Education Work Term (from May to October) between each academic year. The student must complete a minimum of 16-weeks work experience to get credit for the work term. This work experience may be completed with more than one employer. The work must be in an area that will complement their programs with relevant “real world” experience. Positions must be paid employment, not work shadowing or volunteer work.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

Co-operative education integrates related on-the-job training with classroom theory by alternating terms of academic study and employment.

As a Civil Engineering Technology student, you typically gain up to one year of related work experience, gained through co-op education. You may earn as much as $18,000 per work term. Registered students in good standing will have access to RRC Polytech's Job Central website where employers post co-op job opportunities. Jobs specific to our programs are identified for easy reference.

The College does not guarantee employment.

For more information regarding co-op work experience in the Civil Engineering Technology Program, please contact:

Dylan Yanchynksi or Dwayne Sayers 

Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management


Email: civilco-op@rrc.ca

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Do not purchase a laptop until you have been accepted and registered in the program. Note that the computer software applications and tools that you will use are not Apple compatible.

Students in this program are required to purchase a laptop that meets or exceeds the following specifications:


64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10 or Windows® 11


Intel® i-Series, Xeon®, AMD® Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper PRO. 2.5GHz or Higher. (i7 recommended)

Highest CPU GHz recommended.


Minimum 16 GB RAM (32 GB recommended)

Hard Drive

512 SSD or greater

Video Resolution

1920 x 1080 or greater

Video Adaptor

DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 and a minimum of 4GB of video memory.

Screen Size

15” or higher

Disk Space

Minimum 30 GB free disk space

.NET Framework

.NET Framework Version 4.8 or later.


Wireless network capability

Ethernet port (integrated or external)


Chrome (recommended), Edge, or Firefox


Integrated or external


Integrated or external


Integrated or external

Pointing Device

MS-Mouse or similar


Internet / Bandwidth

Recommended: 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload


Antivirus / malware protection

Microsoft® Office Suite (provided by the college)

Program specific software will be provided as required

MacBooks are not recommended. However, if you choose to use a MacBook, they are required to have a valid Windows operating system installed before starting class. Bootcamp is built into Mac applications so students can run Windows.

We do not recommend Chromebooks, iPads, and other similar tablet-style devices, as these may not be fully compatible with the applications and tools that some courses require.

Software and Online Applications

Online technologies are an important tool for accessing your course materials, participating in collaborative learning environments, and building technological skills inside and outside of the classroom.

Red River College Polytechnic provides all students with Microsoft Office 365 (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and on-campus access to student email, College network, the internet, and College resources such as our online learning environment, LEARN.

Off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.

System requirements for AutoCAD 2023

Requirements for the AutoCAD 2023/Revit 2023 (see Balanced price and performance requirements) can be found at:


Please see:


The final version of AutoCAD software to be used for course work will be decided at a later date and installed in AutoCAD class.

If you require any additional information, please contact the Civil Engineering Technology laptop support office by emailing Will at wwesselius@rrc.ca or Diana at dganal@rrc.ca.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The Environmental Engineering Technology program balances career related technical skills with transferable skills most sought by leading employers. Graduate students will be able to:

• Apply analytical and research skills and sustainability principles to environmental issues.

• Use effective environmental management and project administration techniques

• Communicate effectively through public speaking, clear writing, and active listening

• Develop proficiency in computer software applications related to the environmental field

• Think independently and work collaboratively to analyze and solve problems

• Collect and manage information by using an appropriate technology

• Understand and use numbers by observing, recording, and reporting data

• Promote effective health and safety practices

• Demonstrate ethical behaviours and practices

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Transferring credits from high school
Graduates of high school vocational education programs with CAD or drafting may be eligible for advanced standing credit in the Civil Engineering Technology programs.

Transferring credits FROM other post-secondary institutions
Upon completion of first-year Civil Technician at Assiniboine Community College, applicants will be given advanced standing upon approval of the Chair of the Civil Engineering Technology department.

Transferring credits TO other post-secondary programs:
You may continue studies with advanced credit standings toward other College programs and various university programs.

Athabasca University: Graduates may receive up to 60 credits towards a BSc (PD) or up to 30 credits towards a BSc (PD) with majors in Applied Mathematics, Computing Information Systems, or Human Science.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Joint Programs

The Applied Environmental Studies program, offered jointly by The University of Winnipeg and Red River College Polytechnic, is designed to provide you with both theoretical and applied knowledge in environmental analysis and problem solving. There are four-year and five-year versions of the program.

Graduation Requirements

After successful completion of all courses in your selected program with a minimum Cumulative grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00 and required co-op education work term(s), you will graduate with a diploma in Environmental Engineering Technology.

You must submit an application to graduate during your final term of study. It is your responsibility to ensure this is completed.

Employment Potential

Ninety per cent of graduates from the Civil Engineering Technology programs are employed in program-related careers within several months of graduation. Some career prospects include:

  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis
  • Site Remediation
  • Water/Wastewater Treatment
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste Services
  • Enviro Products Manufacture
  • Research and Development
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Project Management

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact the Student Service Center at 204-632-2327 or 1-800-903-7707 (Monday to Friday 8:00am - 3:45pm) or by email studentservices@rrc.ca.

For detailed program information, or to explore your suitability for these programs in more detail, email your inquiries to civilengtech@rrc.ca.

College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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