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
  • Year 2 & 3 - Architectural/Engineering Technology Option
  • Late October entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience

Year 1 - mandatory six-month work term after the general Civil Engineering Technology academic year
Year 2 - second mandatory six-month work term

  • Laptop delivery

Accreditation: Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) & Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)


After successfully completing the first year of Civil Engineering Technology you can choose the Architectural/Engineering Technology option to study the principles and applications of engineering and architectural construction systems for careers in:

  • Architectural systems & design
  • Building systems engineering & design
  • Computer-assisted design and drafting
  • Site inspection and supervision
  • Construction project administration and management
  • Technical sales and support
  • Building sciences and environmental systems

In the Architectural/Engineering Technology option you take more advanced courses and build on the competencies you gained in the 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
  • Material testing


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.

Who Should Enrol?

Those wishing to pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Building design (architectural, structural, building systems)
  • Computer-assisted design
  • Construction project management and administration
  • Construction site supervision and inspection
  • Technical sales and support
  • Building sciences and environmental system design

Architectural/Engineering Technology provides a solid foundation of learning to provide a wide array of career opportunities for graduates. Graduates may explore careers in various aspects of the construction industry (designers, estimators, builders, detailers, sales, supervisors, and inspectors) in commercial, industrial and residential construction. In addition, graduates are well suited to pursue careers as building inspectors, building envelope specialists, and building energy modellers.

Success factors

This program is well suited for students who:

  • Are well organized, highly motivated, and possess strong time-management skills
  • Are proficient in math
  • Are able to communicate effectively (using both written and oral communications
  • Possess strong computer application skills


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 $1157.

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 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 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)
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. Selected assignments from this course may contribute to the project portfolio compiled for the Applied Research Project in Academic Term 8.

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 will not only focus on production drawings using AutoCAD, but it will also explore Building Information Modeling (BIM) through the use of Autodesk Revit. For the AutoCAD portion there is specific emphasis on the creation of multi-scaled drawings on multiple layouts using viewports with uniform text and dimension sizes. For the BIM/Revit portion, students will be introduced to the concepts of building information modeling, the production of construction documents – plans, elevations, sections, details, schedules and 3D views – for both new multistory construction as well as renovation projects.

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.

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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This course provides the students with a means of showcasing the students' knowledge gained over the past three years and how this knowledge of various disciplines is combined to provide an understanding of the complete building and interdependent systems. The project will be the students' own exploration of possibilities and impact of applying Sustainable Building Design principles to an existing building.

CIVL-3002Structural Design 2
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The course consists of designing steel flexural members and steel compression members with base plates, designing simple and continuous reinforced concrete members for flexure, shear and deflection, designing simple reinforced columns for axial load and eccentricity, defining and describing basic soil structure, soil types and soil sampling and designing shallow foundations (footings) and deep foundation (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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The analysis and lab testing of components and systems consisting of common structural materials (concrete, steel, wood, masonry) with special emphasis on relevant standards.

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 graduate with up to one year of related work experience, gained through co-op education. You may earn as much as $12,000 to $16,000 per work term.

You have access to RRC’s Job Central website where employers post Co-op jobs. Jobs specific to our programs are identified for easy reference.

The College does not guarantee employment.

For more information, please contact:

Dylan Yanchynksi or Shannon Nordal
Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management
Email: civilco-op@rrc.ca

Computer/Laptop Requirements

You will be required to purchase a laptop computer and related software for use throughout the program. The minimum recommended specifications for the laptop will be sent to you by mail upon registration.

The use of laptop computers is an integral part of this program. It will enhance your learning and competitiveness in the job market. This universal-access approach to learning is a shared one between students and the College. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program to ensure the laptop complies with the program requirements.

Do not purchase a laptop until you have been accepted and registered in the program. 

The College will provide a detailed the required software for your program, network access, and help desk support if you require assistance. You will have on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, and the Internet.

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

Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/studentcomputing for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

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: 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.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Graduation Requirements

After you have successfully completed all courses in your selected program with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and your required co-op education work term(s), you will graduate with a diploma in the Architectural/Engineering Technology program.

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.

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 to register@rrc.ca

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

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.


Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

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

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

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