Diploma in Civil Engineering Technologies


The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Calgary, Canada

About Course

Key information
: 2 Year
Study Type
: Full Time
Tuition fees
: 19.00 CAD / Per Year
Exam Accepted
: IELTS 6.0/9 | TOEFL 80/120
Exam Intake
: May | Sep | Jan
Conditional Scholarship
: NA
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  • Diploma in Civil Engineering Technologies

  • Learn to design and manage the construction of buildings, roads and bridges through hands-on courses that cover structural design, construction management and more in preparation for a career as a building inspector, construction project coordinator or estimator.

    The Civil Engineering Technology program uses math, science and technical communication skills to design and manage the construction of buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. The program will prepare you to become a civil engineering design and construction professional.

    You will complete courses in math, construction management, structural design, geotechnical engineering, material science, urban services, water resources, transportation infrastructure and technical communications.

    In the labs, you will build a house, explore the strength of building materials, mix and test concrete and asphalt samples and discover the importance of soil mechanics to building projects. In class, the program combines theoretical training, applied skills and laptop delivery modules.

    This diploma program is two years in length, consisting of four 15-week semesters. The first two semesters are common to all students in the program. In the fourth semester, you will have the ability to specialize in Construction Management or Municipal Engineering. If an option is oversubscribed, selection is based on the first year cumulative grade point average.

    This program accepts students into the first semester in September as well as January. Students starting in the fall will study for two semesters per year with a summer break in between. Students starting in the winter semester will study for four consecutive semesters with a one or two week break between semesters.

    Is this the right fit for me?

    Proficiency in the following will help you succeed in this program:

  • mathematical skills
  • science skills (Physics)
  • communication skills (oral and written)
  • problem-solving skills
  • ability to work in a team environment or on your own
  • If you are an applicant with Applied Math 30 you should consider upgrading as the path to enter SAIT.

    If you are confident of your algebra and trigonometry skills, you may wish to complete an assessment exam to evaluate your math skills. Achieving a score of at least 65% on the SAIT Mathematics 30 Assessment Exam demonstrates knowledge to the level required and is acceptable as an equivalent.


    This program is nationally accredited, at the technologist level, by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.

    Graduates are eligible for membership in The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals in Alberta (ASET). The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors recognizes the program as training for a qualified estimator and quantity surveyor.


    After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Civil Engineering Technology.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n): 

  • civil engineering design technologist 
  • traffic technologist 
  • building inspector 
  • materials testing technologist 
  • estimator 
  • construction project coordinator 
  • Related careers include: 

  • drafting technician 
  • construction estimator 

Entry Requirement

  • Atleast 60% required in maths, science, physics and english subjects
  • Applicant must be high school passed.

Application Process

  • Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or at least 75% in English Language Arts 30-2,
  • At least 60% in Science 30 or Physics 20.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

    SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

    Direct entry: Four step process

    Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

    Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

    Step 3: Apply to Civil Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 
  • Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply

    Communication during selection

    Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

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