FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS ENVEF-DP Environmental Engineering Technology

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• 32-month diploma 

                • Year 1 - general first year in Civil Engineering Technology

                • Year 2 & 3 - Environmental Engineering Technology Option

• Late October entry date

• Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg

• Co-op work experience

                o Year 1 - mandatory six-month work term after the general

                   Civil Engineering Technology academic year

                o 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)


The Environmental Engineering Technology program was developed in response to the need for recognized environmental engineering technology practices by business, industry, governments in Canada, and world-wide. It is a three-year diploma program in the Civil Engineering Technology department. After successfully completing the first year Civil Engineering Technology, you can choose the Environmental Engineering Technology program where the second and third year courses allow students to acquire knowledge and skills in areas such as:

• Environmental Sciences,

• Water Resources,

• Water & Wastewater Treatment,

• Waste Management,

• Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and

• Environmental Management

Two 6-month co-op work terms allow students to acquire valuable field experience. An applied research project is incorporated into the third year. Graduates are able to enter the work force as highly skilled employees with the capability to manage environmental and municipal infrastructure projects and to analyze and remediate urban environments.


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

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

• Use effective environmental management and project administration techniques

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

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

• Think independently and work collaboratively to analyze and solve problems

• Collect and manage information by using an appropriate technology

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

• Promote effective health and safety practices

• Demonstrate ethical behaviours and practices

Admission Requirements

To apply to this program, you must have successfully completed the first year of the Civil Engineering Technology program.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

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

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC 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)
Year 2
Term 4Credit Hours
CIVL-2031Chemistry 2
Term 5Credit Hours
Year 3
Term 6Credit Hours
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
CIVC-1044Project Administration
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The project management portion of this course will introduce the nine knowledge areas and five process groups which comprise Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge. Students will learn to apply a variety of tools and techniques used in the management of projects. Students will also learn to use the basics of Microsoft Project to plan, schedule and track projects. The second part of this course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the content and organization of the contract documents, and how they are used in the estimating, bidding and construction phases of a project. Students will learn the basic procedures for preparing detailed quantity take-offs, pricing of labour and materials, and calculation of general expenses. Also covered will be an introduction to the various contract administration procedures and processes.

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

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

CIVL-2007Environmental Management
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Organizations are now realizing the benefits and importance of developing and implementing an environmental management system and an emergency response plan. These two documents can provide the organization with business and environmental advantages. We will follow the ISO 14001 Standard to develop components of an environmental management system. We will review how to conduct a phase 1 environmental site assessment, an environmental audit of a property/facility and environmental impact assessment.

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

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

CIVL-2020Environmental Sciences
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This course provides students in the Environmental Technology Program with a stronger background in the sciences related to the environment. The course of studies includes organic chemistry, ecology and toxicology, water and wastewater chemistry, and microbiology. The lab component allows students to experience techniques to support the theory.

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

CIVL-2032Health and Safety
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This course deals with health and safety issues in the workplace. The objective of this course is to be able to identify the types of hazards encountered in the workplace, to apply safe work practices and procedures. Students will be introduced to the health and safety related Acts and Regulations for workplace compliance, and will be familiarized with workplace safety programs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CO-OP/Practicum Information

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

As a Civil Engineering Technology student, you will graduate with up to one year of related work experience, gained through co-op education. You may earn as much as $15,000 to $19,000 per work term. 

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. 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 also 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 Technician at Assiniboine Community College, applicants will be given advanced standing upon approval of the Chair of the Civil Engineering Technology department.

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

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

Joint Programs

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

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 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 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 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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