FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS MUNEF-DP Municipal Engineering Technology

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  • 32-month diploma
  • Year 1 - general first year in Civil Engineering Technology (September start, 8 months long)
  • Years 2 & 3 - Municipal Engineering 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


Municipal 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. You may find work in areas of construction, design and supervision, highways and transportation engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, and environmental engineering and protection. 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 Municipal Engineering Technology in Year Two after your six-month work co-op.

In the Municipal Engineering Technology program, you take more advanced courses and build on the competencies you gained in first year. The focus is on application and design. Courses include subjects such as:
  • Water supply and wastewater collection
  • Hydrology
  • Earth structures and soil behavior
  • Fluid properties and behavior
  • Roadway design
  • Pavement mix design
An applied research 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 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 and have a minimum grade of C in CIVL-2026 Surveying 2

Who Should Enrol?

To excel in Municipal Engineering 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
  • Have a passion for solving problems
  • Work well independently and as part of a team
  • Be interested in participating in design and/or implementation of engineering and construction projects
  • Enjoy working in both field and office environments
  • Have strong skills in math and science
  • Have an interest in construction, inspection and materials testing
  • Be organized, highly motivated and have strong time-management skills
  • Be proficient in mathematics
  • Be able to communicate well with others
  • Be able to communicate, write and record your work clearly and effectively
  • 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.

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 $1300.
2Students register into Civil Techn0ology for Year 1. Program fees include a Co-op term at $1300.

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
Term 5Credit Hours
Year 3
Term 6Credit Hours
CIVL-3163Water & Waste
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-2011Geotechnical Materials 1
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This course introduces students to the basic geotechnical definitions, different soil types and their structures.  In this course students will learn the computation of volume and mass relationships of soils-water mixtures, determination of grain size distribution, Atterberg limits of soils, soil density, density tests and compaction control.  Soil identification by means of visual identification, triangular charts as well as the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS) methods.  The basics of site investigation and soil sampling are also covered in the course.

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.

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This course consists of two modules (Modules A and B). The first module entitled “Ideal Fluids” covers the basic properties of fluids and their use in calculating static pressure and hydrostatic forces on plane surfaces. Module A describes various types of flow in closed conduits and enables the student to solve problems related to fluid flow under ideal conditions. Module B entitled “Real Fluids” covers measurements of fluids and enables the student to solve hydraulic problems involving friction and energy losses in closed conduits (pressure flow). Similar concepts are used to solve problems in open channels (gravity flow).

CIVL-2156Terrain Analysis
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This course focuses on the various landforms that make up terrain and the geomorphic processes that formed them. The first term will focus on minerals, classification and identification of rocks, plate tectonics and geologic time. The second term focuses on the geologic structure of Canada’s terrains with emphasis on the Canadian Shield, Prairies and Cordillera. The third term focuses on landform creation associated with weathering, mass-wasting, fluvial, glacial and aeolian processes. The ability to understand the local landscape of Canada by use of a conceptual models combined with the ability to read and interpret maps, aerial photos and other earth imagery are the major learning outcomes of this course.

CIVL-2430Municipal Computer Applications
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In this course students will learn to use computer software to solve practical problems in Municipal Technology. Topics include working with point data, adjusting traverse data, creating surface models, designing earthwork and roadway projects, estimating volumes, and designing subdivision layouts.

CIVL-3014Applied Research Project
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The Municipal Engineering Technology Applied Research Project (ARP) course guides students to go through the steps for creation of long-term investigative projects with cumulative knowledge gained from all courses taught previously. This course is designed to promote critical thinking; increase problem solving skills; develop communication skills such as report writing and public speaking; enhances research skills; develops project management skills such as planning, teamwork, and goal setting. Students are asked to select a topic based on their interest and expertise, conduct research on the subject, find a solution by applying engineering design and analysis skills, submit a written project report, and give an oral presentation.

CIVL-3015Geotechnical Materials 2
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This course consists of evaluating shearing strength of soils, using the Mohr’s envelope and Coulomb’s equation to represent the shearing strength of soils. Furthermore, it consists of understanding the concept of total and effective stress, slope stability analysis, vertical and horizontal stresses in a soil mass and determination of the consolidation characteristics of soils. The course introduces the behaviour of seepage water, the hydraulic conductivity properties of different soils, methods of soil and slope stabilization.

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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-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.

CIVL-3105Pavement Mix Design
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This course introduces students to the various functions of pavement, design, construction, transportation, compaction, finishing and curing and inspection of Portland cement concrete. The students also study asphalt cement, liquid asphalt, production of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) concrete, design of HMA, paving and compaction techniques of HMA, construction equipment, inspection of asphalt concrete pavement construction and recycling of pavement materials. Pavement management systems is also covered in the course.

CIVL-3163Water & Waste
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This course is an introduction to the design of water supply, wastewater disposal and land drainage systems, with special emphasis on piping. This course presents the basic hydraulic principles of pressure flow and gravity flow. Practical application is done with respect to the design of the subsurface works for a subdivision selected as a thesis project. Course delivery will focus on practical application of theory using lectures supported with software presentations (PowerPoint, Civil 3D, etc.), class demonstrations and discussions, assignments, tests, and fieldwork as time permits.

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.

You may be able to transfer relevant credits from University of Manitoba or University of Winnipeg on a case by case basis.

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

Lakehead University: Graduates of the Municipal and Structural Engineering Technology programs receive credits that can apply towards Lakehead’s Post-Diploma Engineering Degree program in Civil Engineering. Some bridging courses would be required.

University of Manitoba: Graduates of the Municipal and Structural Engineering Technology programs receive credits that can apply towards an Engineering Degree program in the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Credits would be granted on a case by case basis.

Red River College Polytechnic: Graduates of any of the three year Civil Engineering Technology programs may enter the third year of the Bachelor of Technology, Construction Management degree program. Bridging courses are required.

Athabasca University: Graduates may receive up to 60 credits towards a BSc (PD) or 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

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.

Graduation Requirements

After successful completion of all courses in your selected program with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 and required co-op education work term(s), you will graduate with a diploma in Municipal Engineering 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:
  • Contractor/Project Manager
  • Project Estimator
  • Site Inspector
  • Materials Testing/Quality Assurance and Control
  • Contract Administrator/Estimator
  • Product and Technical Sales and Support
  • Research/Independent Laboratory Tester
  • Water/Wastewater Distribution
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