Construction Engineering Technician

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 0190X01FWO
Academic Year: 2015/2016

The Construction Engineering Technician program at Algonquin College is a comprehensive introduction to a variety of aspects of the construction industry.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program is a comprehensive introduction to a variety of aspects of the construction industry. It is a blend of theory and practice comprising of courses, such as surveying, construction materials, estimating, and construction documentation and positions graduates to pursue careers in residential or commercial construction. In addition, the program has strong ties to the local construction industry and is supported by an advisory committee made up of local industry leaders. 

This program offers one cooperative education (Co-op) Work Term(s) option. Qualified students with a minimum GPA of 2.7, have the opportunity to apply for paid co-op employment to gain valuable work experience and networks within industry. * See Additional information for more details. 

Successful students may opt for a third year of studies including a second optional co-op work term, to also achieve an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology. 

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates. 


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Can work independently to contribute to problems-solving teams.
  • Enjoy using math and physics to solve technical problems.
  • Seek opportunities to specialize in their career.
  • Want to make a lasting difference in their community.


Your Career

Graduates may find employment in many areas of the construction industry, including cost estimating of residential, commercial, and civil projects, surveying, project management, building inspection, materials testing and quality control and construction inspection. 

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to: 

1. Collect, interpret, and appropriately apply information from past construction projects including graphics, reports, performance and productivity analyses, and other documents. 
2. Assist in the preparation of accurate estimates of time, cost, quality and quantity; tenders; and bids. 
3. Contribute to the collecting, processing, interpreting, and applying of survey and layout information related to construction projects. 
4. Communicate construction project-related information effectively and accurately by interpreting and producing data in graphic, oral, and written formats. 
5. Work according to contractual obligations; the project manual; and applicable law, standards, bylaws, and codes. 
6. Work in compliance with the theory and the accepted principles and practices of the construction industry. 
7. Assist in the coordination of time, cost, quantity, and quality performance for construction projects. 
8. Contribute to the evaluation of equipment use, materials, and of the methods employed to implement and complete construction projects. 
9. Contribute to the maintenance of project records, logs, and inventories. 
10. Apply the principles of building science and construction engineering to assist in solving technical problems related to construction projects. 
11. Recognize the interdependence of disciplines including architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, and others relating to construction projects. 
12. Cooperate with the project stakeholders involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of construction projects. 
13. Contribute to the human resource management of construction projects. 
14. Use electronic technology to support construction projects. 
15. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Level: 01 Hours
CON8101 Residential Building/Estimating 60.0
CON8411 Construction Materials I 45.0
GIS5001 Geographic Information Systems 45.0
MAT8050 Geometry and Trigonometry 45.0
SAF8408 Health and Safety 15.0
SUR8411 Construction Surveying I 60.0
Level: 02 Hours
CON8102 Commercial Building/Estimating 60.0
CON8412 Construction Materials II 60.0
ENG8101 Statics 60.0
ENL1813T Communications I 45.0
MAT8051 Algebra 45.0
SUR8412 Construction Surveying II 45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0190 General Education Elective 45.0
Co-op: 01 Hours
WKT2101 Work Term 1 (optional)(Fall Start Date Only) 0.0
Level: 03 Hours
CAD8400 AutoCAD I 45.0
CON8404 Civil Estimating 45.0
CON8436 Building Systems 45.0
ENG8102 Strength of Materials 45.0
ENG8411 Structural Analysis 45.0
ENG8454 Geotechnical Materials 45.0
MGT8400 Project Administration 45.0
Co-op: 01 Hours
WKT2101 Work Term 1 (optional) (Winter Start Date Only) 0.0
Level: 04 Hours
CAD8405 AutoCAD II 45.0
CON8413 Construction Building Code 45.0
CON8476 Business Principles 45.0
ENG8328 Hydraulics 45.0
ENG8404 Introduction to Structural Design 45.0
ENL2019T Technical Communication for Engineering Technologies 45.0
ENV8400 Environmental Engineering 45.0


Fees & Expenses

Total Fees for the first year of the program: 

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,127.94. * 

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $14,677.94. * 

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit 

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit 

Books and supplies cost approximately $1200 per year. Most supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See for more information about books. Students are expected to purchase CSA-approved safety footwear and safety glasses,which are required at the start of the term. 

This is a Mobile Learning Program. As a student in this program you require a laptop computer. View the Mobile Learning Requirements for hardware and software on the Construction/Civil program website:

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, (Grade 12 MCT4C) or (Grade 11 MCR3U) or equivalent.
  • Applicants with (Grade 12 MAP4C with a grade of 60% or higher) or (Grade 11 MCF3M with a grade of 50% or higher) will be required to take additional preparatory mathematics as part of their program of study.
  • A background in science (especially physics and chemistry) is recommended.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: 

    IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. 


    TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading: 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics. 


Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through: 
60 Corporate Court 
Guelph, Ontario 
N1G 5J3 

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online A $95 fee applies. 

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available. 

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office. 

For further information on the admissions process, contact: 

Registrar`s Office 
Algonquin College 
1385 Woodroffe Avenue 
Room C150 
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8 
Telephone: 613-727-0002 
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723 
TTY: 613-727-7766 
Fax: 613-727-7632 

Additional Information

*Co-op is a real-world job search process requiring students to apply, interview, and earn jobs rather than being placed by the College. In the term prior to the cooperative education (Co-op) Work Term, students are required to independently complete online modules that assist with résumé an cover letter writing, and interview technique preparation. Students must actively conduct a self-directed job search and are responsible to secure approved program related paid co-op employment. Students compete for co-op positions alongside students from Algonquin and other Canadian and international colleges and universities. Algonquin College`s Co-op Office provides assistance in developing co-op opportunities and facilitates the overall process but does not guarantee that a student will obtain employment in a cooperative education (Co-op) Work Term. Co-op employment opportunities requiring relocation may be considered, and are subject to departmental approval with the understanding that all associated expenses are incurred by students e.g., travel, work permits/visa applications, accommodation,  etc.

Cooperative education (Co-op) Work Terms are typically four months in duration and are completed during a term when students are currently not studying on campus. For details on study-work progressions for specific programs, please visit 

Degree pathways allow graduates to use their college education towards the completion of a degree in partnership with a university. View current 
articulation agreements at: 

OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes the Construction Engineering Technician program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Technician (CTech) category and recognizes the Civil Engineering Technology program as meeting all of the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) or Applied Science Technologist(AScT) category. Graduates and final year students are immediately eligible to be registered as Associate members of OACETT upon submission of the Graduate Application form available through the Placement Office or OACETT. Additional requirements to become fully certified (work experience, the OACETT Professional Practice Examination, peer references, etc.) will be requested once the application has been received. Requirements for certification are the jurisdiction of OACETT. 

Students who begin Level 01 in January take Level 02 in the Fall term.