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Civil Technician

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Civil Technician

Program Overview

As Saskatchewan and Western Canada continue to grow, so does the need for a strong infrastructure. There is an increasing demand for people to conduct materials, soil and asphalt testing and to build and maintain the roadways, transportation systems, municipal services and other facilities that we use every day.

A Civil Technician certificate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic allows you to enter this field quickly with a great earning potential and the opportunity for career advancement.

The Civil Technician program is a 36-week certificate offered full time at the Moose Jaw campus. During two academic semesters you will learn about drafting, surveying, soil analysis, terrain evaluation, concrete and asphalt characteristics and testing procedures and more, to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career. Your studies will be capped off with a one-month intensive lab semester honing your practical skills in the areas of concrete, asphalt and soils.

The emphasis on hands-on learning means you will spend your time in labs and in the field. You will also attend survey camp and carry out applied research and other projects.

Certificate to Diploma

The Civil Technician certificate program shares many of the same courses and subjects as Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Civil Engineering Technology diploma program. This means that you can enter the workforce right away with your certificate or use it as credit toward many of the courses required for a diploma.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Civil technicians provide technical support and services to engineers, technologists, contractors and consultants. Potential employers include engineering firms, construction companies, public works, transportation and other areas of industry.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Civil TechnicianCivil Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2231)$40,600 - $93,900
Construction TechnicianCivil Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2231)$40,600 - $93,900
Surveying AssistantLand Survey Technologists and Technicians (2254)$32,300 - $85,400

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 36 weeks

Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum 60% in Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30, or minimum 60% in Foundations of Math 20, or minimum 60% in Pre-Calculus 20
  • English Language Requirement

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

75 Arithmetic
60 Elementary Algebra
75 Reading
75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,200

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Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMP 107
Introduction to Computer Applications
2
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You will be introduced to computer hardware components as well as operating and system software. You will become proficient in using application software such as word processing and spreadsheets. Your studies will help you develop file management techniques and email etiquette.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DRFT 107
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
4
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You will be introduced to techniques and standards required to communicate graphically. You will develop skills in a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) user interface, view control, 2D geometric construction and drawing aids, layers, blocks, text, paper space, model space and plotting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MATH 138
Applied Mathematics
3
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You will develop the required background in algebra, geometry and trigonometry that is necessary to perform basic calculations in applied areas to advance to a study of calculus. Your studies will include algebraic operations, solution of equations, functions, graphing plane geometry, trigonometry, vectors as well as problem-solving strategies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 101, MAT 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
SEM 104
Technology Seminars
1
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Your orientation will include discussions regarding the role of technicians/technologists in the workplace and society. You will study time management skills, diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability, and safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): SEM 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SRVY 102
Surveying 1
5
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You will be introduced to basic surveying concepts. You will develop skills in leveling, angle and direction measurement, computations, traverses and drafting plans.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TCOM 105
Communications for Technicians
2
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You will learn and practice written, oral and interpersonal communication for the workplace. You will apply these skills as team members and in short presentations. You will also develop effective job search strategies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, TCOM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
TERR 100
Engineering Geology
5
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You will be provided with an introduction to physical geology and geomorphology. You will study the origins and classification of rocks and minerals, the geomorphological processes of erosion, water, and wind, and the landforms created by these processes. There will be an emphasis on Saskatchewan’s glaciated terrain. Labs will provide you opportunities to display spatial data and create map layouts using current GIS software, as well as an overview on map reading.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Equivalent Course(s): TERR 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Group, Print Distance Individual

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 103
Geotechnical Survey Camp
4
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You will participate in surveying, drilling and soil characterization exercises in the field in order to locate a structure as assigned. Your first step will be to locate the property boundaries and drilling site locations. You will then undertake a drilling exercise to collect soil samples on the property and perform a soils characteristic analysis to determine the overall site characteristics. The data gathered through these field and lab exercises will be used to recommend a site location for a proposed structure.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 138, SRVY 102
Corequisites(s): CONC 102, SOIL 100, SRVY 103
Equivalent Course(s): CAMP 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
COAP 176
Civil Design
3
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You will become familiar with and use standard drafting practices and symbols to produce typical civil engineering drawings using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software. You will also use the basic concepts and applications of civil design software.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 107
Corequisites(s): SRVY 103
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 108
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CONC 102
Concrete Technology 1
3
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You will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of concrete technology. You will perform current Canadian Standards Association (CSA) test procedures on plastic and hardened concrete as well as fine and coarse aggregates.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): CONC 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MEAS 108
Analytical Measurements
3
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You will learn to work safely in a laboratory and field setting. You will learn to work effectively with measurement numbers related to the collection and analysis of water, air and soil samples. Your studies will emphasize the importance of documenting practices and procedures in support of Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and due diligence.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MEAS 106
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SFTY 138
Safety
2
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You will receive general safety information as related to the construction and engineering technology industry. You will study health and safety legislations relating to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Occupational Health and Safety (OH & S). You will also review pertinent occupational health hazards in industry and methods of incident prevention.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
SOIL 100
Soil Analysis 1
3
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Your studies will focus on data collection, analysis and reports for the identification, classification and determination of properties of earth materials. You will perform industry-standard test procedures on soil and aggregate as well as evaluate the methods to determine results.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 100
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): SOIL 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SRVY 103
Surveying 2
4
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You will focus on topographic surveys using Total Stations with data collection. You will study survey drawings and maps, contours, profiles and cross sections. You will practice calculating construction volumes and calculating horizontal as well as vertical curves. You will be introduced to survey control using local grids, Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) and the Western Canada Land Survey System.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 138, SRVY 102
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
TCOM 106
Communications
2
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You will apply basic research skills to create workplace documents. Your studies will focus on the workplace skills of creating effective client relations, conducting meetings and giving presentations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 105
Equivalent Course(s): TCOM 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CONC 103
Concrete Technology 2
3
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You will study concrete aggregates, Portland cement, supplemental cementing materials and admixtures. You will analyze these materials through mix designs, batching and mixing. In a lab setting, you will test plastic and hardened concretes as well as finish and cure concrete mixes. You will then evaluate the test results collected and apply those findings to the given design criteria.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CONC 102
Equivalent Course(s): CONC 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PAVE 100
Asphalt Construction
2
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You will learn how to inspect, manage and evaluate the manufacture and placement of aggregate and bituminous mix for parking lots, streets and highways. You will apply American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 100
Equivalent Course(s): PAVE 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
SOIL 101
Soil Analysis 2
3
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You will be introduced to the physical properties, mechanics and engineering applications of soils. You will study theoretical background for designing, inspecting and evaluating construction using earth materials.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 100
Equivalent Course(s): SOIL 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Field activity and camps are part of the Civil Technician program. You will be required to work in all types of outdoor conditions.

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