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  • Year 1 - Common first year in Civil Engineering Technology (September start; 8 months long)
  • Years 2 and 3 - One of the five program-specific disciplines (Late October start; each 6 months long)
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
    • Mandatory six-month work terms after Year 1 and Year 2
  • Laptop delivery
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions
  • During the first year, you will acquire generic competencies in common core courses in the following areas
    • Algebra and trigonometry (M)
    • Computer Applications
    • Statics and strength of materials (M)
    • Surveying (M)
    • Technical communications
    • Technical Graphics
    • Technical Drafting
    • Chemistry
    • Professional Ethics
    • WHMIS
    • 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 Polytech's Mathematics for Technology course (MATH-1006 or MATH-1023) prior to beginning the program.


Civil 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.

Civil Engineering Technology is a cluster of five diploma programs that prepare you for an exciting career as an engineering technologist. The programs have a common first year of studies.

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

Upon successfully completing the common first year, you will choose a program specific discipline to pursue in the second and third year. Entry into the second year of a program specific discipline will be based on first year Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and prerequisites.

In the second and third years, you will 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 will need a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00.

You may choose from the following program specific disciplines:

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) accredit the 32-month Civil Engineering Technology Diploma programs.

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; international secondary (high school) studies.


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  • Go to apply.rrc.ca 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.

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 15 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.
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


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

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
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 26, 2024 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Other Fees
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.
2Estimated fee for Laptop computer purchase

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.
CIAC-1002Technical Drawing FundamentalsRPL
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This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to produce 2D technical drawings using hand sketching and computer aided design (CAD) methods. Students will gain an understanding of construction drawing conventions, annotation methods, scaling, and the fundamental tools and techniques using Autodesk AutoCAD software. Furthermore, students will examine how to add and modify objects, text, dimensions, hatching, and blocks through the completion of moderately complex, two-dimensional working drawings using both imperial and metric units. This course is a prerequisite for detailing and drawing courses throughout the program.

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-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 surveyor's levels and digital Total Stations.

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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-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. Students will be introduced to basic roadway design and earthwork concepts, the fundamentals of angles and survey traverses, traverse adjustments, coordinate calculations, missing courses closures, and systems of surveys in Manitoba and Western Canada.

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.

COMM-1173Communication StrategiesRPL
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

COMM-2172Communication for the WorkplaceRPL
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This course reinforces the communication strategies practiced in COMM-1173 to provide students with the communication skills needed to apply for, stay in, and progress in the world of work. Students will further develop their interpersonal skills and digital fluency by seeking college, industry and community supports. Additionally, they will apply speaking, writing, and collaboration strategies to getting the job, adjusting to the job, and developing long-term career goals. Communication for the Workplace is a creative and active learning opportunity to set students apart in today’s competitive job market.

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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 Technology student, you will 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 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 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 Polytechnic.

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 Engineering Technology program at Red River College Polytechnic (graduating with a diploma in Environmental Engineering 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 Engineering Technology program at Red River College Polytechnic, 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

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.

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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