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  • General first year entry to the five Civil Engineering Technology and related disciplines
    • Architectural/Engineering Technology
    • Environmental Engineering Technology
    • Geomatics Technology
    • Municipal Engineering Technology
    • Structural Engineering Technology
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
    • Year 1 - mandatory six-month work term
    • Year 2 - second mandatory six-month work term (for 32 month programs)
  • Laptop delivery
  • Accreditation: Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) & Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

Civil Engineering Technology is a cluster of diploma programs that provides students with career training in construction engineering, environmental engineering, and geomatics technologies.

During the first year, you will acquire generic competencies in common core courses in the following areas:

  • Algebra and trigonometry (M)
  • Chemistry
  • Statics and strength of materials (M)
  • Surveying (M)
  • Technical communications
  • Computer applications
  • Technical drafting
  • General Safety Training

Important Advisory Note: Courses designated with an (M) are high in mathematical content. If you believe you have weak mathematical skills, are not confident in your mathematical skills, or would like to complete a refresher course, we strongly recommend you complete RRC's Mathematics for Technology course (MATH-1006 or MATH-1023) prior to beginning the program.

Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to attend a program overview information session.  You will also be invited to participate in a math and reading skills diagnostic testing session that will advise you of your program readiness.  Although the diagnostic testing is optional, we strongly recommend that you participate.  Should your results be lower than a C (60%) you would benefit from taking the Mathematics for Technology course as a pre-program refresher.

After completion of the first year courses, you would then apply and develop these competencies during a six-month co-operative education work term.

In the second and third years*, you take more advanced courses and build on the competencies you gained in first year. The focus is on application and design. To enter into subsequent terms (both academic and co-op), and to graduate, you need a minimum cumulative term grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00.

You will select one of the following program options, however progression to the option of your choice is based on GPA and prerequisites:

*Third years applies to 32-month programs.

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.

You may also be interested in Technology Solutions for the Workplace (short courses for the workplace) https://www.rrc.ca/engineering/technology-solutions/  

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.


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  • Go to www.rrc.ca/apply and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Mail or In-Person: Student Service Centre Click here for address and hours of service

E-mail: register@rrc.ca

Fax: 204-697-0584

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

A strong background in science (physics) is recommended for this program.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Applied Math 40S or Pre-Calculus Math 40S
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirements
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Applied Math 40S or Pre-Calculus Math 40S
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

Red River College will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 30, 2021. Beginning December 31, 2021 we will no longer accept Duolingo assessments to meet English language requirements.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 29, 2022 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
1After completing Year 1, students register into the applicable CAD Technology program for Year 2, or Civil Technology program for Years 2 & 3. Program fees include a coop term.
2Includes estimate of $1800 for purchase of a laptop.

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)
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.
CIVL-1011Algebra & Trigonometry 1
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This math course covers fundamental principles, definitions of mathematical terms and basic graphing techniques.  Students will learn to simplify expressions and solve equations involving trigonometric functions, systems of linear equations, factoring and fractions.

CIVL-1012Computer Applications 1
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This course will teach the fundamentals of MS Office software including Word and Excel.

Students will be taught features in WORD to produce memos, letters, reports, and resumes, and in EXCEL they will create lists, perform simple calculations, add graphics, use a LOOKUP table, link data, and create and edit charts.  Students will also use various methods to transfer data and graphics from WORD and EXCEL to PowerPoint and graphics to AutoCAD, and drawings from AutoCAD to WORD and PowerPoint.

CIVL-1013Statics and Strength of Materials 1
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Statics is the study of forces that act on a structure at rest. This course consists of the basic principles that allow the determination of forces carried by structural bodies and frames. Some of the learning outcomes topics are: (force characteristics, moment force, Resultant Force, equilibrium, Free Body Diagrams and Truss Analysis). This course is delivered via in class lectures and the LEARN management system (database).

CIVL-1014Surveying 1
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This course will introduce the fundamentals of survey measurement and equipment use, profile plotting, grade calculations and topographic surveying. This course includes a practical field component consisting of basic measurement exercises using a surveyor's steel tape (chain), levels and digital Total Stations.

CIVL-1016Technical Communication 1
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The course focuses on developing students’ written and oral communication skills within a technical environment. Teaching will include how to summarize and synthesize information effectively for delivery in both oral and written form.

CIVL-1017Technical Graphics
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Part A of this course consists of visualizing objects using orthographic and isometric views, as well as scaling and drawing conventions. Part B of this course consists of training in AutoCAD. It will provide students with an introduction to and an understanding of the basic functions of AutoCAD computer aided drafting software. Building upon these functions, students will gain an understanding of the more advanced two-dimensional features of AutoCAD. Students will also be introduced to the basic functions of drawing in 3D.

CIVL-1018College Expectations and Survival Skills
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This course outlines the college expectations for students, and gives them reference material to enhance their survival skills, for success in their chosen field of study, and their career, to assist them with finding the resources they need; to decrease preventable drop outs and help students achieve their goals to graduate. Installation of current college-supplied software for various courses is also included in this segment.

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This course is a basic introduction to theoretical and practical chemistry with emphasis on chemical compounds, and reactions. We then move on to the reactions of acids and bases and their effects on the environment and on different materials. Energy of matter will focus on the use of different building materials, and explain the energy absorbed/released to heat/cool substances. Nuclear chemistry will focus on natural radiation and radioactive isotopes, as well as the fission and fusion reactions to generate energy. 

CIVL-1020Professional Ethics
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The course will introduce students to the fundamentals of ethics and decision making in the workplace. Practical functions are introduced including: understanding the foundation of ethics; personal morality and lifestyle; social ethics; professional expectations in the workplace; construction contracts; the role of government; common myths; architectural issues & construction defects; engineering & construction defects; construction defects & litigation; care, custody & control; specialized & investigative services; expert witness; and CTTAM Code of Ethics & Guidelines. Employee/employer centric exercises, case studies and practical assignments will provide an identifiable linkage between more abstract theory and real world practice and assist successful students to master ethical decision making. Techniques learned will also be applied to other courses and on-the-job experiences. Wherever practicable case studies and reading references will be based on the construction industry and related fields.

CIVL-2023Algebra & Trigonometry 2
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Students simplify expressions and solve equations involving quadratic functions, integral and fractional exponents, radicals and logarithms.  Topics also include inverse trigonometric functions, sine law, cosine law, plane analytic geometry and graphing.

CIVL-2024Computer Applications 2
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This course will teach advanced features of MS Office including Word and Excel.  Students will be taught enhanced features used to create a technical report in Word, how to create complex formulas using absolute and relative addresses in Excel.   Students will also be introduced to specifics on how to create and track the critical path of a project in Microsoft Project.

CIVL-2025Statics and Strength of Materials 2
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Strength and materials is the study of construction materials (steel, concrete & wood) that make up a structure when forces are applied. This course provides an appreciation of the physical characteristics of structural materials (steel, concrete & wood) which is necessary to determine load capacities of structural members. Some of the learning outcomes topics are : (stress-strain curves, stress consideration, centroids, moment of inertia & bending stress). This course is delivered via in class lectures and the LEARN management system (database).

CIVL-2026Surveying 2
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This course continues from Surveying 1. It will introduce basic roadway design and earthwork concepts, the fundamentals of angles and survey traverses, coordinate calculations, and systems of surveys in Manitoba.

CIVL-2027Technical Communication 2
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This course builds on the teaching from CIVL-1016. This course introduces students to the structure and planning of formal reports, and introduces them to the standards expected in their Applied Research Project (ARP) and industry reports. Students will deliver an oral presentation on a technical topic. Students will develop their job search documents for their co-op work terms.

CIVL-2030Applied Technical Graphics
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Applied Technical Graphics is as the name implies, the applied use of AutoCAD as it relates to the students’ future studies. Students will be exposed to series of projects that will address the conventions and methods used in the Architectural, Structural, Municipal and Geomatics fields. The intent of the course is to enhance the students AutoCAD skills, and to expose them to the type of work they may encounter in the workplace upon graduation.

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The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

SEMR-9209General Safety Training
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This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

WRKE-1008Co-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 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. As a registered student in good standing, you will 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 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

You will be required to purchase a laptop computer and related software for use throughout the program.

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.

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

Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop that meets or exceeds the following specifications

1. Intel processor 2.5GHz at minimum (strongly recommend an i7 processor).
    Do not get an Intel Celeron processor.
2. 8 GB basic (strongly recommended 16GB) for memory
3. Wireless capability.
4. Be sure that your computer can also connect using network cable.
    You will need additional adaptor if your laptop does not have an Ethernet port.
5. A network cable is necessary at all times in the classrooms (approximately 5 feet or 1.5 meters).
6. Windows 10 Desktop Operating System. (64bit)
7. A mouse is required, especially for AutoCAD. (does not need to be fancy; must have a ‘roller-wheel’).
8. Additional software will be provided such as MS Office. Installation will occur during class time using the network cable you bring, not over the wireless network.

Requirements for the AutoCAD 2020 can be found at (final version of software to be used for course work will be decided at a later date and installed in AutoCAD class):

The College will provide a detailed list of required software, 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/future-students/computer-requirements/ 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 Engineering Technology at Assiniboine Community College, applicants will be given advanced standing.

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.

Other Information

If you are an applicant of Aboriginal ancestry, you may wish to consider the Pathway to Engineering Technology Programs program. It has been designed to provide Aboriginal students with the knowledge and skills to become qualified technologists or technicians.

A set of Aboriginal guiding principles has been incorporated into the program to ensure it is culturally appropriate and sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal students and the Aboriginal community.

For further information on the  Pathway to Engineering Technology Programs, contact:

Pathway to Engineering Technology Programs
Room F210, Building F
2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
Fax 204-633-1437
E-mail: tbrant@rrc.ca

Joint Programs

There are currently two degree programs that work jointly between the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

The Applied Environmental Studies program is a four or five year joint degree/diploma program.

The five year program sees students attend the University of Winnipeg for years one and two, joining the intermediate and senior years of the Environmental Technology program at Red River College (graduating with a diploma in Environmental Technology), and returning to the University of Winnipeg for the final year of their degree.

The four year program sees students attend the University of Winnipeg for years one and two, joining the intermediate year only of the Environmental Technology program at Red River College, and returning to the University of Winnipeg for the final year of their degree. Graduates of the four-year Applied Environmental Studies Degree will not complete the diploma requirements.

For additional information please contact:

The Civil Engineering Technology Program Coordinator

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College Polytechnic 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 Polytechnic.

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

Graduation Requirements

After you have successfully completed all courses in the program with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and the required co-op education work term(s), you will be awarded a diploma in the Civil Engineering Technology program option you have completed.

Employment Potential

Ninety percent 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

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.

Academic Advising Service
Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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