Construction Engineering Technician Curriculum

Apply in early October 2022 for September 2023

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 05, 2023
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,458.09 per semester*
$8,807.16 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Develop and use strategies to enhance professional growth and ongoing learning in the construction engineering field.
  • Comply with workplace health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations.
  • Complete duties in compliance with contractual obligations, applicable laws, standards, bylaws, codes and ethical practices in the construction engineering field.
  • Carry out sustainability practices in accordance with contract documents, industry standards and environmental legislative requirements.
  • Collaborate with and facilitate communication among project stakeholders to support construction projects.
  • Collect, process and interpret technical data to produce written and graphical project-related documents.
  • Contribute to the collecting, interpreting and applying of survey/geomatics and layout information to implement construction projects.
  • Identify and use industry-specific electronic and digital technologies to support the design and construction of projects.
  • Contribute to the resolution of technical problems related to the design and implementation of construction projects by applying engineering concepts, basic technical mathematics and building science.
  • Assist in the scheduling and monitoring of the progression of construction projects by applying principles of construction project management.
  • Assist in the preparation of accurate estimates of time, cost, quality and quantity, tenders and bids.
  • Perform quality control testing and monitoring of equipment, materials and methods involved in the implementation and completion of construction projects.
  • Apply teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills when working individually or within multidisciplinary teams to complete work on construction projects.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 60

This course is will challenge student to acquire and apply the foundational mathematical skills important for their success in many technical programs. The course is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester and subsequent courses in their program of study. Key topics that will be covered include essential algebra skills, right angle trigonometry and vectors.

CNST 241
Units/ Hours: 30

In this introductory level Computer Aided Drafting and Design course students will learn the fundamental of computer drafting and develop skills using AutoCAD drawing commands to produce orthographic and isometric views, sectional views, plans and drawings of building construction work.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

COMP 370
Units/ Hours: 30

This course covers the use of operating systems and how to utilize the internet to generate professional reports and quotations. Students will develop the skills and abilities to produce technical and business reports used in the industry. Using relevant computer applications, students will learn to apply systematic record keeping processes used for operating a small business.

CNST 245
Units/ Hours: 60

This course provides students with the skills required to gather and interpret horizontal and vertical field measurements. Students operate field survey equipment including electronic theodolite and Total Station with an external data collector to acquire and establish site elevations.

CNST 159
Units/ Hours: 45

This course has been designed for students entering trades and technology programs. The course will cover current legislation (O.H.S.A.) and health and safety procedures used in the industry. Students will obtain fundamental level safety certification in WHMIS, Fall Protection, Confined Space Identification, and Hoisting and Rigging. The theory for this course will be offered online and the application component will offered onsite.

CNST 191
Units/ Hours: 90

This course introduces the student to graphic communications used in the construction industry. Students become familiar with the fundamentals of architectural graphics, print reading and wood frame construction. Students practice their drawing skills by preparing construction sketches, cross-sections, and details. This course also examines housing and small building construction as practiced in Canada. Foundations, wood-frame construction, and finishes are studied from a technical point of view including materials, methods, sequencing, and inspection of key components and connection details. Building science concepts are explored and applied. Students build scale models of structures, framing, and connection

Semester 2

Units/ Hours: 45

Applied Mathematics for Technology II prepares students mathematically for a variety of technical fields. The topics covered are: complex numbers, variation, exponents and radicals, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, topics from analytic geometry and basic statistical analysis including linear regression.

CNST 243
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course students will use Autodesk's Civil 3D application to create attribute data and build tables from extracted data and learn to use paper space and annotative scaling. Revit as a Building Information Modeling (BIM) software will be explored to learn about user interface, and to create a 3-dimensional models and 2-dimensional drawings of building construction work.

APST 154
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to equip students with the skills needed for their work search and to develop and enhance career planning skills. Students will learn how to write competitive job search documents, interview with confidence, and will develop and use their career portfolio as a tool to identify and incorporate career goals into the job search process.

CNST 194
Units/ Hours: 90

Students engage in a detailed investigation of building components and systems used in the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) and the residential sectors. Students study commonly-used construction materials including soil, concrete, masonry and other building materials, and their applications. Students test, analyze and assess key construction materials, including aggregates, soils and concrete, using the standard material testing methods, for construction quality control. They interpret information from drawings, details, specifications and shop drawings used in the ICI buildings and housing projects to ascertain construction methods and materials.

CNST 195
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the principles of construction estimating and quantity surveying, with a focus on the interpretation of building drawings and specifications to identify building components and visualize construction work. Students practice measurement of building elements using common practices in quantity surveying and estimating techniques. They also learn various types of estimates, the estimating process, the required skills and the critical roles of the estimator in the design and construction process.

CNST 161
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the student to sustainable processes, materials and practices in the construction industry. Emphasis will be placed on renewal energy systems. Students will be required to critically evaluate their applied projects using sustainable practice, processes and materials

CNST 242
Units/ Hours: 45

This course emphasizes the interpretation of the Ontario Building Code Act and Division B 9 of the Regulations applicable to housing and small buildings, and examines the role of Building Code Act practitioners. Students employ sections of the building code to specific design and construction applications and identify applicable tables, standards and reference documents. Students interpret Zoning By-laws and the planning process in Ontario as it pertains to zoning and building regulations.

Semester 4

CNST 247
Units/ Hours: 60

This course introduces the physical properties and mechanical characteristics of concrete, the various effects of chemical admixtures on the concrete performance, concrete mixtures design, field monitoring and evaluation of concrete structures, knowledge of various mechanisms of degradation of concrete structures and how to enhance the durability of concrete in aggressive environments.

CNST 202
Units/ Hours: 60

Students learn the concepts of Project Management including project planning, scheduling and control. Students practice and analyze various types of scheduling used in construction including Critical Path, Gantt, Bar Charts, Line of Balance, Cash Flow Charts, Manpower Histograms, Productivity Observation and Analysis Schedules, Corrective Action. Using project management software, students sequence trade operations in a construction project and develop Time, Quantity, Quality, and Cost tracking systems and reports.

LAWS 332
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the structure of the Canadian legal system and relevant legal issues to students in architecture, construction management and related fields. Students discuss important legal principles of contract law, tort law, tendering, construction liens, insurance, bonds, risk avoidance and labour and employment law. Students identify standard forms of construction contracts and consultancy agreements.

CNST 249
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical (M & E) systems including their components and equipment that exist in typical residential and light commercial buildings. Students will explore the interpretation of M&E drawings and specifications, installation practices, along with an overview of relevant codes, standards, and coordination processes with other building construction work.

CNST 248
Units/ Hours: 45

In this course, students develop unit prices for construction works performed by both prime contractors' own forces and subcontractors. They analyze construction cost data and production rates, and derive costs of labour, equipment and materials for various construction trades to produce unit prices. Students practice industry techniques used in scoping, quantity takeoff and price quotation for various subcontracting trades. They obtain the essential knowledge and skills requisite to practice pricing procedures to compile an accurate estimate for bidding on commercial projects.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

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