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  • 32-month diploma 
    • Year 1 - general first year in Civil Engineering Technology
    • Year 2 & 3 - Geomatics Technology Option
  • Late October entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience

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

Year 2 - second mandatory six-month work term 

  • Laptop delivery
  • Accreditation: Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) & Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
After successfully completing the first year of Civil Engineering Technology, you can choose the Geomatics Technology option to study the principles and applications of surveying, for a career in:
  • Construction layout of civil works
  • Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD) surveying applications
  • Mapping and Digital Photogrammetry
  • Engineering and Land surveys with measurement applications in Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Total Station technologies
  • Engineering and Land survey field crew and site supervision
  • Technical sales and support
In the Geomatics Technology Competencies program you take more advanced courses and build on the competencies you gained in first year. The focus is on application and design. Subjects include:
  • 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 final term courses.


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:
  • Comfortable using mathematics to solve problems
  • Comfortable with computer software and other technology
  • Comfortable working outside and as part of a team
  • Able to communicate well with other people
  • Able to write and record your work clearly and effectively

The program is academically demanding and required 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 students are expected to be physically capable of performing the course requirements.

Success Factors

      This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are organized, highly motivated and have strong time-management skills
  • Are proficient in mathematics and problem-solving
  • Are willing to spend significant time outside of class, through the school year, to successfully complete the program
  • Pay close attention to detail and take pride in their work
  • Have previous experience in surveying or construction-related fields

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 $1120.
2Students register into Civil Technology for Year 1. Program fees include a Co-op term at $1120.

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-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. 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.

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. We 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 the student 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, earthworks, drainage, 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 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 Shannon Nordal
Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management
Email: civilco-op@rrc.ca

Computer/Laptop Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transfer Credit Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Graduate Employment Report

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

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

Graduation Requirements

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

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

Employment Potential

Ninety 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 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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