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


Structural 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.

The Structural Engineering Technology program combines the skills and knowledge of structural design and analysis for careers in the built environment. You will learn the principles of structural and geotechnical analysis and how to design shallow and deep foundations or structural elements with reinforced concrete, steel, and timber. You will develop skills in project management, detailing, and computer-aided drafting, and become familiar with design codes and standards. The curriculum, created with input from industry partners, culminates in a capstone project where you make practical application of your knowledge to a real-world problem. 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 Structural Engineering Technology in Year Two after your first six-month work co-op.

In the Structural Engineering Technology program, you take more advanced courses and build on the competencies you gained in your first year. The focus is on application in design and construction. Courses include subjects such as:
  • Timber, steel, masonry, and reinforced concrete design
  • Structural analysis
  • Soil mechanics
  • Structural detailing practices
  • Foundation design
  • Materials testing
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 2.00 and have a minimum grade of C in CIVL-2025 Statics and Strength of Materials 2.

Who Should Enrol?

To excel in Structural 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
  • Be able to think visually
  • 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.

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.
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-2015Geotechnical Fundamentals
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This course will assist the student in classifying soil, computing mass/volume relationships, defining basic groundwater terminology, the use of soil modification, and developing geotechnical sampling programs. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to classify a soil using the Unified and AASTHO methods, calculate basic soil index and performance properties, perform fundamental groundwater flow calculations, and design filters and drains using granular materials. In addition, students will also be able to design a geotechnical sampling program.

CIVL-2017Reinforced Concrete Design 1
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In this course, students will learn how to ensure that reinforced concrete beams, slabs and columns can safely resist applied shear, bending moment and axial loads. Reinforcing details such as required spacing, minimum and maximum reinforcing limits, and suitable arrangements for column ties will be studied. Students will be able to predict cracking and identify the purpose of each different type of reinforcing used in columns and floor systems. Design tools will be introduced, including spreadsheets and tips for making preliminary estimates.

CIVL-2018Structural Analysis 1
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Analyzing a Structure means being able to explain - through documented calculations - how a structure carries load without collapse or failure. This course will help prepare students to inspect, build or design structures. It will also help prepare for other courses in wood, steel and reinforced concrete design. Examples of real-life structures and potential on-the-job scenarios will help to prepare students for their future career.

In this course, students will learn how to analyze the effects of load on beams, trusses and hybrid structures. By assessing the number and types of supports and connections, students will be able to determine if a structure is stable or unstable, and determinate or indeterminate. The National Building Code will be used to predict and specify the different types of loads applied to a structure. Students will learn how to find the load path through a structure, which will help them to understand how the structure works. Understanding of how structures resist load will be improved by learning how to analyze a structure without relying solely on calculations (qualitative analysis). Students will learn how to find the distribution of elastic stresses within a cross-section subjected to both bending moment and shear and also learn how to safely connect separate pieces of material together to create a built-up cross-section by calculating the shear transfer stresses in nails, bolts, welds and structural glue.

CIVL-2022Timber Design
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This course deals with the design of various components that make up a timber structure in accordance with the Wood Design Manual and the National Building Code.

CIVL-2340Structural Detailing Practices
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In this course, students will develop a practical approach to design, detailing documentation and presentation drawings using Autodesk AutoCAD software. Construction materials and connections will be introduced to advance students in the mastery of structural detailing used in the production and management of construction drawings for buildings projects. Topics will include components and materials used in commercial construction including wood, structural steel, reinforced concrete (both cast-in-place and pre-cast), masonry construction, and management of graphics standards in AutoCAD. Skills developed in this course involve extensive sketching and working drawings that are applied to concepts in other structural technology courses.

CIVL-3018Applied Research Project
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The Applied Research Project (ARP) is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have gained in Structural Technology. In consultation with an advisor, students choose a project topic that interests them. The project requires an extension of knowledge beyond coursework, or a synthesis of knowledge gained in more than one course. Students must aim to create new knowledge, make new connections within existing knowledge, or transfer knowledge to new areas of application. Students work on this project in a small group, or may request permission to work independently. Students may choose to conduct experimental work in the laboratory, design a structure, or conduct a case study. After completing all engineering calculations and analysis, students submit a written project report and give an oral presentation.

CIVL-3020Steel Design
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Design of steel building components such as flexural members, compression members, tension members, base/bearing plates, beam-columns, connections and composite floors using the Handbook of Steel Construction, CSA S16-09 and The National Building Code of Canada.

CIVL-3021Foundation Design
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This course covers the design and analysis of foundation systems to support buildings and retaining walls. Students will learn to evaluate shear strength of soil using the Mohr’s envelope and Coulomb’s equation, select soil strength required for foundation design, understand the concept of total and effective stress, vertical and horizontal stresses in a soil mass, determine of the consolidation characteristics of soils and conduct a slope stability analysis. Students will be able to apply foundation design principles to a variety of shallow and deep foundation systems and retaining walls using soil strength properties.

CIVL-3022Reinforced Concrete Design 2
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In this course, students learn how to check the capacity of and reinforcing details required for concrete walls, two-way slabs, slender columns, and beams subjected to torsion, shear and bending in combination. Students learn how to select reinforcing details such as bar cut-offs, lap splices and embedment lengths, and how to use interface shear transfer at joints. The use of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bars is studied and students learn how to check stress levels and moment capacity for pre-stressed concrete beams and slabs. Throughout the course, students gain experience in assessing the practicality of various different construction details.

CIVL-3023Structural Analysis 2
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Analyzing a Structure means being able to explain - through documented calculations - how a structure carries load without collapse or failure. This course will help prepare students to inspect, build or design structures. It will also help prepare for other courses in wood, steel and reinforced concrete design. Examples of real-life structures and potential on-the-job scenarios will help to prepare students for their future career.

In this course, students will learn how to analyze the effects of load on frame structures, and how to analyze deflection in beams, trusses and frames using the Conjugate Beam and Virtual Work methods. Students will learn how to analyze indeterminate beams and frames using the Redundant Force Flexibility Method and be introduced to structural analysis software. Students will also learn how to analyze forces, moments and stresses in three dimensions, including the effects of torsion, biaxial bending and combined stress. The limits of elastic analysis will be discussed and the concept of inelastic stress analysis will be introduced. Students will learn how to prevent overturning and collapse of an entire structure, by using the National Building Code to determine lateral wind loads, and then analyzing the load path through floor and roof diaphragms to lateral load resisting systems

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-3581Materials Testing
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Students will be introduced to the analysis and lab testing of components and systems consisting of common structural materials (concrete, steel, wood, masonry) with special emphasis on relevant standards. Safety and verification of testing equipment is reviewed in order to have students prepare concrete batches and cast forms, test fresh concrete for workability and air content, and test standard concrete cylinders. Theoretical to lab-tested behavior is considered.

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:


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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.

Lakehead University: Graduates of the Municipal and Structural Engineering Technology programs may receive credits 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 may receive credits 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.

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 Structural 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
• Site Inspector
• Materials Testing/Quality Assurance and Control
• Contract Administrator/Estimator
• Structural Designer
• Structural Detailer
• Building Component Fabricator
• Product and Technical Sales and Support
• Research/Independent Laboratory Tester
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