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  • 32-month diploma
  • Year 1 - general first year in Civil Engineering Technology (September start; 8 months long)
  • Years 2 & 3 – Geomatics Technology Option (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
  • Possible Accreditation: Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM), Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT), Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) Engineering Licensee (Eng. L.)
The Certified Technicians and Technologists Association (CTTAM) has partnered with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) to create the Specific Scope of Practice License (Eng. L.).

As a certified Engineering Licensee, you will have the opportunity to practice engineering or geoscience within a limited scope of a specific discipline, even if you do not have an engineering or geoscience degree. With your RRC Polytech engineering technology diploma, you will need at least 5 years of work experience before applying (8 years total, includes schooling).

To find out more about this new license category, please go to the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba website at: http://www.enggeomb.ca/SSPL.html


Geomatics engineering technologists provide technical support and services to engineers, architects, scientists, and other professionals. The Geomatics Technology program combines practical skills with the knowledge of land and construction surveying. You will study both land and construction surveying, digital mapping, photogrammetry, cartography, remote-sensing and global navigation satellite systems. The program provides opportunity for you to gain work experience in relevant industries through two co-op work terms.

You must register in and successfully complete Year 1 of Civil Engineering Technology. You can then enter Geomatics Technology in Year Two after your first six-month work co-op.

In the Geomatics Technology program, you take more advanced courses and build on the competencies you gained in your first year. The focus is on application and design. Courses include subjects such as:
  • Roadway design
  • Geomatics computer applications
  • Digital photogrammetry
  • Remote sensing
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Theory and use of survey instruments
  • Advanced survey computations
  • Astronomy
  • Control surveys
  • Legal surveys
An applied technical project is incorporated into the final year.

Admission Requirements

To apply to this program, you must have successfully completed the first year of the Civil Engineering Technology program with a minimum GPA of 2.0, and a minimum letter grade 'C' in Surveying 2 CIVL-2026.

Who Should Enrol?

To excel in Geomatics Technology you should:
  • Be interested in the built environment
  • Have a strong attention to detail
  • Be committed to achieving excellence in your work
  • Thrive in a technically-driven industry
  • Work well independently and as part of a team
  • Be comfortable using computer software and other technology
  • Enjoy working in both field and office environments
  • Have strong skills in math and problem solving
  • Be organized, highly motivated and have strong time-management skills
  • Be able to communicate well with others
  • Be able to communicate, write and record your work clearly and effectively
  • Be willing to spend significant time outside of class, through the school year, to successfully complete the program
  • Have previous experience in surveying or construction-related fields

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

Note that while most courses are classroom based, there will be courses in both years that contain some outdoor work. Allowances can usually be made for physical limitations, but generally you are expected to be physically capable of performing the course requirements.

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 $1270.

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)
Year 2
Term 4Credit Hours
CIVL-2008Theory & Use
Term 5Credit Hours
Year 3
Term 6Credit Hours
CIVL-3010Legal Surveys
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-2008Theory & Use
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This course will focus on conducting field surveys, collecting survey data and keeping clear concise field notes. The students will use a variety of survey equipment including Global Positioning System, Total Stations, electronic data collectors and automatic levels to conduct field surveys. Students will evaluate their field information in the classroom and data will form the basis of projects in other related courses.

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-2010Survey Computations
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This course will develop applied mathematical techniques for calculations of retracement surveys, legal survey plans, curves and right-of-ways, mensuration (cutting off an area), plans of subdivision and the reduction of field work. There will be practical use of coordinate geometry software and HP 50G calculators.

CIVL-2013Roadway Design 1
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This subject consists of the field methods of laying out horizontal and vertical curves and calculations pertaining to them, special problems in curves, construction survey procedure, spiral transition curves and superelevation.

CIVL-2263Geomatics Computer Applications
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In this course students will learn to use computer software to solve practical problems in Geomatics Technology. Topics include working with point data, creating surface models, drawing site plans from field data, designing earthwork and roadway projects, estimating volumes, and designing subdivision layouts.

CIVL-3009Applied Technical Project
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This course requires students to submit a formal comprehensive report on the development of a residential subdivision on an existing vacant parcel of land in the City of Winnipeg. The course involves practical field work, data gathering and analysis and compilation in several CAD drawings. Evaluation is based upon the formal report and an oral presentation.

CIVL-3010Legal Surveys
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This course will introduce students to the Canadian legal system, the nature of evidence, real property law in common law provinces, land registration systems, the dominion government survey system, legal and professional aspects of cadastral (land) surveying, boundary concepts, legal descriptions of land, the surveying profession, and cadastral systems.

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. The course will also include optical image classification procedures, classification error evaluation, image interpretation, image display, image filtering, DEM production from stero-pair imagery, and orthoimage production.

CIVL-3012Advanced Survey Computations
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This course consists of calculations for Subdivision Design, retracement and restoration of existing Survey Plans documentation of Sections within the First and Third Systems of Dominion Land Survey System. Students will also examine the Celestial Sphere and its systems of coordinates, solar and sidereal time, methods of observing the Sun and Polaris for Astronomic Azimuth and corrected Universal Time.

CIVL-3013Control Surveys
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This course introduces students to the general theory and principles in spherical trigonometry, concepts and applications of geodesy and the mathematical operations of geodetic surveying. The standards and specifications used for Global Positioning System (GPS) Surveys, the applications of GPS for control surveys, and the adjustment of survey data using the Least Squares method.

CIVL-3017Roadway Design 2
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This course builds on the horizontal and vertical roadway geometry that was presented in Roadway Design I, and will provide students with a broader understanding of roadway design consistency, roadside safety, earthworks, drainage, erosion protection and construction methodology.

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 with employment.

As a Civil Engineering Technology student, you typically gain up to one year of related work experience, gained through co-op education. You may earn as much as $18,000 per work term. Registered students in good standing will have access to RRC Polytech's Job Central website where employers post co-op job opportunities. Jobs specific to our programs are identified for easy reference.

The College does not guarantee employment.

For more information 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

Do not purchase a laptop until you have been accepted and registered in the program. Note that the computer software applications and tools that you will use are not Apple compatible.

Students in this program are required to purchase a laptop that meets or exceeds the following specifications:


64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10 or Windows® 11


Intel® i-Series, Xeon®, AMD® Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper PRO. 2.5GHz or Higher. (i7 recommended)

Highest CPU GHz recommended.


Minimum 16 GB RAM (32 GB recommended)

Hard Drive

512 SSD or greater

Video Resolution

1920 x 1080 or greater

Video Adaptor

DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 and a minimum of 4GB of video memory.

Screen Size

15” or higher

Disk Space

Minimum 30 GB free disk space

.NET Framework

.NET Framework Version 4.8 or later.


Wireless network capability

Ethernet port (integrated or external)


Chrome (recommended), Edge, or Firefox


Integrated or external


Integrated or external


Integrated or external

Pointing Device

MS-Mouse or similar


Internet / Bandwidth

Recommended: 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload


Antivirus / malware protection

Microsoft® Office Suite (provided by the college)

Program specific software will be provided as required

MacBooks are not recommended. However, if you choose to use a MacBook, they are required to have a valid Windows operating system installed before starting class. Bootcamp is built into Mac applications so students can run Windows.

We do not recommend Chromebooks, iPads, and other similar tablet-style devices, as these may not be fully compatible with the applications and tools that some courses require.

Software and Online Applications

Online technologies are an important tool for accessing your course materials, participating in collaborative learning environments, and building technological skills inside and outside of the classroom.

Red River College Polytechnic provides all students with Microsoft Office 365 (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and on-campus access to student email, College network, the internet, and College resources such as our online learning environment, LEARN.

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

System requirements for AutoCAD 2023

Requirements for the AutoCAD 2023/Revit 2023 (see Balanced price and performance requirements) can be found at:


Please see:


The final version of AutoCAD software to be used for course work will be decided at a later date and installed in AutoCAD class.

If you require any additional information, please contact the Civil Engineering Technology laptop support office by emailing Will at wwesselius@rrc.ca or Diana at dganal@rrc.ca.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Transferring credits from high school:
Graduates of high school vocational education programs with CAD or drafting may be eligible for advanced standing credit in the Civil Engineering Technology programs.

Transferring credits FROM other post-secondary institutions:
Upon completion of first-year Civil Technician at Assiniboine Community College, applicants will be given advanced standing upon approval of the Chair of the Civil Engineering Technology department.

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

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.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

Graduation Requirements

After successful completion of all courses in your selected program with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00 and required co-op education work term(s), you will graduate with a diploma in Geomatics Technology.

You must submit an application to graduate during your final term of study. It is your responsibility to ensure this is completed.

Employment Potential

Ninety per cent of graduates from the Civil Engineering Technology programs are employed in program-related careers within several months of graduation. Some career prospects include:

  • Legal Land Surveyor
  • Construction Surveyor
  • Geomatics Technician/Technologist
  • Land Survey Field Crew
  • Surveying and Engineering Sales
  • Project Manager
  • Survey Crew Chief
  • Municipal Asset Manager
  • Subdivision Planner/Examiner
  • 3D Modelling/Machine Control
  • UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Operator
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