FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS ARCEF-DP Architectural/Engineering Technology

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  • 32-month diploma
  • Year 1 - general first year in Civil Engineering Technology (September start; 8 months long)
  • Year 2 & 3 - Architectural/Engineering Technology Option (late October start; each 6 months long)
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
    • Year 1 - mandatory six-month work terms after Year 1 and Year 2
  • Laptop delivery
  • Possible Accreditation: Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM), Architectural and Building Technologists Association of Manitoba (ABTAM), 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.


Architectural engineering technologists provide technical support and services to engineers, architects, scientists, and other professionals. Since they study a broad range of content areas, they develop a diverse skill set making them employable in a wide variety of positions. The Architectural/Engineering Technology program combines the practical skills with the knowledge of architecture, engineering, and construction of buildings. You will study building systems through application of architectural concepts, engineering principles and construction practices. 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 Architectural/Engineering Technology in Year Two after your first six-month work co-op.

In the Architectural/Engineering Technology program, you will 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:

  • Residential and commercial programming, design, and construction
  • Project estimation, administration, and management
  • Structural analysis
  • Timber, steel, masonry, and reinforced concrete design
  • Soil and foundations
  • Mechanical systems
  • Architectural environmental systems, plumbing, lighting, electrical, and sound control
  • Green building practices
  • Construction materials and systems
  • Materials testing
An applied technical project is incorporated into 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 GPA of 2.0 and have a minimum grade of C in CIVL 2030 Applied Technical Graphics. A minimum grade of C in CIVL-2025 Statics and Strength of Materials 2 is highly recommended.

Who Should Enrol?

To excel in Architectural/Engineering Technology you should:

  • Be interested in the built environment
  • 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
  • Be able to think visually
  • Work well independently and as part of a team
  • Be interested in participating in design and/or implementation of engineering and construction projects
  • Enjoy working in both field and office environments
  • Have strong skills in math and science
  • Be organized, highly motivated and have strong time-management skills
  • Be able to communicate well with others
  • Be able to communicate, write, and record your work clearly and effectively

The program is academically demanding and requires that you possess the academic background and proficiency to handle the large volume of math-related program content.

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 Engineering Technology for Year 1. Annual fees include Co-op term fees of $1300.
2Students register into Civil Engineering Technology for Year 1. Annual fees include Co-op term fees of $1300.

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

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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-2002Structural Design 1
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This course consists of calculating flexural and shear stresses, applying code requirements for dead, live, snow and wind loads on structures, determining and applying design loads for beams, columns, walls, slabs and foundations, as well as executing a foundation load take-off for a complete multi-storey building. It deals with the design of various components that make up a timber structure in accordance with the Wood Design Manual and the National Building Code.

CIVL-2003Architectural Technology 1
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The course consists of learning fundamental concepts of design, planning and construction techniques used in residential construction. Standards and methodology use in the planning and preparation of architectural design and working drawings will be reviewed. Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada will be reviewed. Components and materials used in small building assemblies will be studied. The course will cover both renovation and new construction. Students will produce design/construction drawings using AutoCAD software.

CIVL-2004Advanced CAD
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This course focuses on production standards using AutoCAD and will explore Building Information Modeling (BIM) using Autodesk Revit. Specific emphasis is placed on the standards and procedures utilized in professional environments. Students will be introduced to the concepts of Building Information Modeling (BIM) through the production of 3D virtual models. Students will utilize the 3D model in the production of construction documents – plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules, and 3D views – with work in imperial and metric measurements.

CIVL-2005AEC Industry in Practice
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This course introduces students to industry’s practices. Students will travel throughout Winnipeg to visit various sites of construction, manufacturing and testing of products. Students will research products and methods of construction. The course will also introduce basic concepts of green building practices and locally accepted rating systems for energy efficiency and green building practices.

Take CIVL-2027;
CIVL-2014Building Science
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Building science principles are required to understand how a building functions and reacts to its’ environment and to improve its’ efficiency and durability. Students will investigate the effects that the movement of air, heat, moisture and wind have on the building envelope. They will be able to describe critical components such as insulating materials, air and vapour barriers, applications, properties and their use. They will discover the importance of indoor air quality and methods to improve it. Students will perform basic calculations to determine ventilation, thermal properties, and properties of air/water vapor mixtures.

CIVL-3001Applied Research Project
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The Applied Research Project (ARP) is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have gained in Architectural/Engineering Technology. The project requires an extension of knowledge beyond coursework, or a synthesis of knowledge gained in more than one course and how this knowledge provides and understanding of a complete building and its interdependent systems. The project will be the students' own exploration of possibilities and impact of applying Sustainable Building Design principles to an existing building. Students will work on this project in a small groups, or may request permission to work independently. After completing the analysis, students will submit a written project report and give an oral presentation.

CIVL-3002Structural Design 2
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This course deals with basic principles of steel, reinforced concrete, and foundation design. The principles covered in the course will enable students to have meaningful communication with structural designers and other construction professionals. The course has three major parts. In Part I, students will review the limit state design philosophy and learn how to design open web steel joists, steel flexural members, steel compression members, steel tension members and connections. In Part II, students will learn how to design simple and continuous reinforced concrete members for flexure, shear and deflection and simple reinforced columns for axial load. In Part III, students will learn how to define and describe basic soil structure, soil types and soil sampling and the design of shallow foundations (footings) and deep foundations (friction and end bearing piles).

CIVL-3003Architectural Technology 2
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This course consists of learning fundamental concepts of design, planning and construction techniques used in commercial construction. Standards and methodology used in planning and preparation of architectural design and working drawings will be reviewed. Components and materials used in small building assemblies will be studied. The course will cover both renovation and new construction. Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada will be reviewed. Students will produce design/construction drawings using AutoCAD software. 

CIVL-3019Environmental Systems
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This course introduces students to the systems that control parts of the building environment, plumbing, electricity, lighting and acoustics. Students will understand the basic concepts of each element. They will design plumbing and electrical distribution systems and will produce proper CAD drawings of their system designs. They will explore alternative sources of power and methods of conservation of water. Students will learn to design lighting requirements for various room types and lighting needs. Students will be able to control sound travel within a space or transferred to other spaces through design and material use.

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.

CIVL-3579Thermal & Energy Efficient Systems
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Students will be introduced to building HVAC systems and their components, relating to heating, cooling, ventilation and air distribution. Students will design building wall & roof systems (building envelope), determine their thermal & moisture resistance properties, calculate building envelope heat losses and gains, calculate fresh air ventilation and its’ energy requirements. They will be introduced to basic principles of refrigeration, and will select equipment to satisfy the heating, cooling and ventilation requirements. Responsible design yields buildings that minimize the need for expensive, polluting, and non-renewable energy sources. They will explore a variety of alternative energy systems for heating, cooling, ventilation, humidification and dehumidification and will investigate passive solar systems and basic design.

CIVL-3580Materials Testing
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Students will be introduced to the analysis and lab testing of components and systems consisting of common structural materials (concrete, steel, wood, masonry) with special emphasis on relevant standards. Safety and verification of testing equipment is reviewed in order to have students prepare concrete batches and cast forms, test fresh concrete for workability and air content, and test standard concrete cylinders. Theoretical to lab-tested behavior is considered.

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 with employment.

As a Civil Engineering Technology student, you will 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, please contact:

Dylan Yanchynksi or Tatiana Tore
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.

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.

Red River College Polytechnic: Graduates of any of the three year Civil Engineering Technology programs may enter the third year of the Bachelor of Technology, Construction Management degree program. Bridging courses are required.

Knowledge and skills acquired by other forms of prior learning may be recognized for credit. Please check the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) section for more information.

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.

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 Architectural/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:

  • Contractor/Project Manager
  • Project Estimator
  • Home Builder
  • Contract Administrator/Estimator
  • Building Component Fabricator
  • Building Commissioning Agent
  • Building Code Authority
  • Building Science Specialist
  • Product and Technical Sales and Support
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