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.
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.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Civil Technician||Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2231)||$40,600 - $91,100|
|Construction Technician||Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2231)||$40,600 - $91,100|
|Surveying Assistant||Land Survey Technologists and Technicians (2254)||$35,400 - $83,200|
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:
60 Elementary Algebra
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.
CSA-approved work boots are required for the program and should be purchased before entering into the program. Safety glasses and a safety vest are required and available at the bookstore, or you can purchase them before entering into the program.
Field activity and camps are part of the Civil Technician program. You will be required to work in all types of outdoor conditions.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.