Full-time Bachelor of Engineering 8660beng

Civil Engineering

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission to Levels 2-4 may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake and for re-admission to Level 5 will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

Civil engineering is a diverse, rewarding and challenging profession. Civil engineers and technologists team together to plan, design, construct and maintain road and rail transportation systems, port and airport facilities, bridges, tunnels, dams, and buildings of all types; water, gas and oil pipelines; energy-generating facilities, water, air and waste treatment plants, to name but a few of their activities in an ever-expanding field of endeavour. Civil engineers are, to a great extent, the designers, builders and custodians of society's built environment as well as stewards of the natural environment.

The primary aim of BCIT's Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Civil Engineering degree is to academically prepare engineering students for professional practice. The curriculum focuses on developing strong skills in engineering science and design, communications, and management and presents many opportunities to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and creative abilities. A Diploma in Civil Engineering credential is conferred after the first two years of academic study and, if you meet the continuation requirements, a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering is conferred upon successful completion of academic year four.

The Program

The BEng in Civil Engineering is composed of four years of full-time academic study.

The first two years of the degree program present a broad, practical overview of the field of civil engineering, with engineering fundamentals stressed and reinforced across the curriculum. You will receive an abundance of learning opportunities to apply these fundamentals to the solution of real-world design scenarios that would be encountered by both technologists and engineers. Throughout the program, we will present opportunities to strengthen your graphical, written, and oral communication skills. You will spend a significant amount of time on hands-on training in material testing, surveying, manual and computer-aided drafting, and receive instruction in the use of engineering software tools. You will receive a Diploma in Civil Engineering credential upon successful completion of the first two years of academic study within this degree program.

If you meet the continuation requirements, you may continue into the final two years of the degree program which are academically rigorous. We will thoroughly investigate the theoretical foundations of civil engineering science and design topics. At the same time, you will apply the practical civil engineering knowledge you have gained in course assignments and project work. You will also be challenged to view the engineer's role from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective. You will learn about the role of the engineer in project and construction management and enrich your educational experience with complementary studies courses relating to social sciences and the humanities. To further develop your engineering skills for professional practice, you will work with classmates to complete a team-based capstone design project.

Students from BCIT's Department of Civil Engineering evaluate bending strength of masonry beams. Pictured here in the Structural Engineering Lab, Megan Chambers and Cole Ferguson test beams externally reinforced using glass and carbon "fibrewraps". These tests were sponsored by the Masonry Institute of BC and ISIS Canada.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to April 15th*

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses - ideally successful completion of at least one term of related full-time (15 credits) post-secondary studies within the past two years.*

*Applicants with these preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • High school graduation

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Chemistry 12 (73%)

  • Physics 12 (73%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (86%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (73%)

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants. Note that continuation beyond Year 2 of the program is subject to conditions as outlined below.

Recommended for success

You'll significantly improve your chances of success if you come prepared. Read the following and spend some time in honest self - assessment. You must be absolutely committed to put in long hours, work cooperatively with fellow students, and be willing to learn how to become a good student. Leaving all work until the last minute, not keeping up, not taking thorough notes, not asking questions, not managing your time, and not seeking help (which is readily available) all contribute to difficulties in completing the program.

Regarding preparation, only you can know if your basic communications, mathematics, and physics skills honestly reflect the prerequisites for acceptance. At a minimum, you should be able to:

  • Write a simple, clear, coherent paragraph that contains few or no grammatical or spelling errors.

  • Assemble a sequence of paragraphs to relate a coherent story.

  • Express yourself verbally so that you are easily understood.

  • Write or print clearly enough so that others can understand your work.

  • State the difference between a scalar and a vector quantity.

  • State the difference between mass and force.

  • Describe the relationship between distance, velocity, and acceleration and their respective units.

  • Convert any quantity from one unit system to another given the appropriate conversion factor.

  • Visualize simple objects in three dimensions (do you have good spatial skills?).

  • Isolate an unknown variable in an algebraic expression using common algebraic manipulations for sums, differences, products, fractions, and exponents.

  • Solve two equations with two unknowns.

  • Write fundamental theorems of Euclidian geometry.

  • Work with similar triangles and with radian measure.

  • Use trigonometric functions to solve for unknown angles and sides of a right-angled triangle.

  • Use the sine and cosine laws to solve for unknown angles and sides of a triangle that is not right-angled.

  • Determine areas and volumes of common geometric shapes.

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement is only available through re-admission and only for students who have previously completed part of this program at BCIT. If you are not currently registered in the program, you may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through re-admission. The following applies to applicants for re-admission:

  • BCIT Students: non-BCIT applicants or credentials are not eligible for advanced placement.
  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of re-admission applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will select those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Levels 2-4

Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application and be ready to re-enter full-time study (at least a 60% courses load).

Level 5

Applications are accepted from November 1st* to June 1st*. If you left the program for more than 4 months after receiving your diploma and wish to return for Level 5, you must submit proof of meeting each of the following requirements:

If you are a Level 5 re-admission student with questions about the process, please contact Jacquie Gaudet, program head, at 604-456-1047.

*or next business day

Continuation requirements

If you are a registered student intending to continue from Level 4 directly to Level 5, you must:

Continuation is based on seat availability. If the number of those seeking to enter Level 5 exceeds available seats, BCIT will select those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for re-admission to Levels 2-4 may be submitted. Applications for the September 2017 intake and for re-admission to Level 5 will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Civil Engineering is considering a Bring Your Own Device requirement for Fall 2016.

No decision has been made yet but further information will be posted here as soon as it is available. If the decision is to proceed, all students entering Level 1 Civil Engineering will require a mobile computing device that meets specifications which will be provided on this web page and all applicants will be notified via myCommunication.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1 & 2: $1800.00, Level 3 & 4: $1200.00, Level 5 & 6: $1200.00, Level 7 & 8: $1200.00
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Program delivery

The Civil Engineering program matrix has been revised effective for the September 2014 Level 1 and Level 5 cohorts. The revised matrix is presented below. Students entering Levels 3 and 7 in September 2014 must refer to the former matrix [PDF].

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  CIVL 1011 Introduction to Civil Engineering 3.0
  CIVL 1020 Statics 5.0
  CIVL 1024 Graphical Communication 1 2.0
  CIVL 1060 Applied Hydrology 4.0
  COMM 1142 Communication for Civil Engineering 1 3.0
  MATH 1422 Differential Calculus for Civil Engineering 5.0
  PHYS 1192 Physics for Civil Engineering 1 5.0
  SURV 1130 Surveying for Civil Engineering 1 3.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  CIVL 2020 Mechanics of Materials 1 6.5
  CIVL 2024 Graphical Communication 2 2.5
  CIVL 2025 Applied Hydraulics 5.5
  CIVL 2026 Construction Materials 4.0
  COMM 2242 Communication for Civil Engineering 2 4.0
  MATH 2422 Integral Calculus for Civil Engineering 6.5
  PHYS 2192 Physics for Civil Engineering 2 6.5
  SURV 2230 Surveying for Civil Engineering 2 4.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  CIVL 3011 Issues in Engineering 3.0
  CIVL 3020 Computer Applications 3.0
  CIVL 3033 Construction Management 1 4.0
  CIVL 3041 Soil Mechanics 3.0
  CIVL 3050 Road Design 4.0
  CIVL 3052 Municipal Engineering 1 4.0
  CIVL 3074 Structural Engineering 1 4.0
  COMM 3342 Communication for Civil Engineering 3 2.0
  MATH 3423 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra for Civil Engineering 4.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  CIVL 4033 Construction Management 2 5.5
  CIVL 4041 Geotechnical Analysis and Design 5.5
  CIVL 4052 Municipal Engineering 2 5.5
  CIVL 4074 Structural Engineering 2 6.0
  CIVL 4090 Industry Project 4.0
  COMM 4442 Communication for Civil Engineering 4 2.5
and
  CIVL 4024 Land Development Modeling* 4.0
  CIVL 4053 Traffic Engineering Fundamentals* 4.0
  or
  CHEM 6020 Chemistry for Civil Engineering* 4.0
  MATH 6010 Advanced Mathematics for Civil Engineering 1* 4.0

*Successful completion of the following is required to continue to Level 5:

  • CHEM 6020 and MATH 6010
  • 70% GPA in Levels 2,3, and 4 (calculated using grades from the first attempt of each course)
  • 300 hours of post-diploma practical work experience
 
Level 5 (15 weeks) Credits
  CIVL 7001 Engineering and Society 3.0
  CIVL 7021 Mechanics of Materials 2 4.0
  CIVL 7023 Engineering Dynamics 4.0
  CIVL 7060 Environmental Engineering 3.0
  CIVL 7070 Structural Analysis 4.0
  MATH 7010 Advanced Mathematics for Civil Engineering 2 4.0
 
Level 6 (15 weeks) Credits
  CIVL 7011 Uncertainty in Civil Engineering 3.0
  CIVL 7012 Computational Methods 4.0
  CIVL 7020 Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science 4.0
  CIVL 7022 Structure and Properties of Materials 4.0
  CIVL 7040 Geotechnical Engineering 1 4.0
  CIVL 7092 Civil Engineering Design 4.0

Choose one of the following Liberal Studies electives:

  LIBS 7005 Technology, Invention and Power 3.0
  LIBS 7007 Technology and Society 3.0

Successful completion of the following is required to continue to Level 7:

  • 700 total hours of practical work experience
 
Level 7 (15 weeks) Credits
  CIVL 7031 Construction Management 3 3.0
  CIVL 7062 Water Quality Engineering 4.0
  CIVL 7072 Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures 4.0
  CIVL 7089 Capstone Design Proposal 1.0
  LIBS 7025 Thinking in Humanities & Social Sciences 3.0
  MINE 7041 Geology 3.0

Choose one of the following technical electives:

  CIVL 7063 Water Resource Engineering 4.0
  CIVL 7073 Design of Steel Structures 4.0
 
Level 8 (15 weeks) Credits
  CIVL 7030 Civil Engineering Contracts and Law 3.0
  CIVL 7050 Transportation Engineering 3.0
  CIVL 7090 Capstone Design Project 6.0
  OPMT 7030 Engineering Economics 3.0

Choose two of the following technical electives (with at least one from CIVL 7061, 7075, or 7091):

  CIVL 7042 Geotechnical Engineering 2 4.0
  CIVL 7061 Storm Water Management 4.0
  CIVL 7074 Structural Analysis and Design 4.0
  CIVL 7075 Seismic Design 4.0
  CIVL 7091 Civil Engineering Applied Research Project 4.0
 
Total Credits: 230.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

As a full-time student, you'll learn by being immersed into a structured, highly demanding environment. Your courses will be delivered using lectures, labs, and tutorials. We'll teach you theory in combination with its practical application, simulating an engineering office environment where possible. We'll set a high standard and expect you to rise to meet it. Here are the conditions you'll learn under...

  • The Civil Engineering program is a four-year engineering program with an optional exit with a diploma after successful completion of academic year 2. Eligible students may continue into academic years 3 and 4 which will lead to a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering.
  • The first two years run from the beginning of September to the end of May and each include a 15 week term from September through December and a 20 week term from January to the end of May.
  • The final two academic years each consist of two 15 week terms; one from September to December and another from January to the end of April.
  • The program is not organized on a semester intake system. The program course matrix is highly interrelated and structured, and all students take the same courses for the first three terms (Levels 1 to 3). If you don't pass all courses in the first four terms, an extra academic year is almost always required to make up missed courses and successfully exit the program with a Diploma in Civil Engineering.
  • A typical term requires that you attend 30 hours per week of classroom, laboratory, and tutorial time. The majority of students put in at least another 15 to 25 hours per week studying and working on assignments and projects. Really successful students are more likely to put in an additional 30 to 40 hours per week.
  • You'll take either 8 or 9 separate courses each term for the first two years, and then we'll reduce it to 6 or 7 courses for the final two years. (Obviously, you'll quickly develop time-management skills as a survival mechanism.)
  • In total, then, over the first 2 years, you'll attend some 2100 hours of classroom time, and take 32 courses prior to receiving your diploma. If you're eligible to continue into Year 3, the following two years will add on another 1100 hours of classroom time plus another 26 courses before you receive a bachelor's degree. Whew!

Program length

Four years, full-time

Upon successful completion of the first two years, students will earn a Diploma in Civil Engineering. Students who meet the continuation requirements and successfully complete a further two years of full-time study will earn a BEng in Civil Engineering.

Practical work experience requirement

All students seeking to complete the BEng in Civil Engineering must satisfy the practical work experience requirement after obtaining a diploma. You can satisfy the practical work experience requirement by completing a minimum of 700 hours of relevant work experience. At least 300 of these hours must be completed before entering Level 5 and the remaining hours must be completed before entering Level 7. The summer periods between years 2 and 3 and years 3 and 4 provide sufficient time to meet these requirements.

A continuous work period of 12 to 15 months is considered optimum because you will have the opportunity to use what you have learned and develop your skills in a real-world setting. You will also be able to clarify your academic and career goals before making elective decisions in years 3 and 4. If you wish to return to Level 5 after more than 4 months’ absence, you must apply for re-admission to the program. If you are absent from academic studies longer than 27 months, you will not be re-admitted except in exceptional circumstances.

What is practical work experience?

Refer to Appendix 3 of the current ASTTBC Board of Examiners Policy [PDF]. It is expected that your first 300 hours will be at Work Experience Level 1 or 2. Subsequent work experience should indicate a progression in these levels, with some tasks at Level 3 after 700 hours. You should also know that APEGBC may accept up to a maximum of one year of pre-graduation experience towards the four years of engineering work experience required for registration as a Professional Engineer if it is supervised by a Canadian registered Professional Engineer and if it otherwise satisfies all of APEGBC's experience criteria.

Grading

Levels 1-4: You must obtain a final grade of at least 50% before proceeding to the next course.

Continuation GPA: To be eligible to continue into Level 5 of the degree, you must achieve a minimum 70% continuation GPA under a full-time program load. This is calculated using grades obtained in your first attempt of all courses from Levels 2, 3, and 4, excluding CIVL 4024 and CIVL 4053, but including CHEM 6020 and MATH 6010. If you complete Levels 2, 3, and 4 in a mode other than full-time, you may also be considered for continuation into Level 5 if you meet the 70% GPA requirement.

Levels 5-8: You must obtain a 55% final grade in order to pass the course.

Accreditation

The Civil Engineering program at BCIT leads sequentially to two credentials: a Diploma in Civil Engineering conferred after academic year two, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering conferred after academic year four.

The diploma in Civil Engineering highly regarded by employers accross Canada.Diploma holders are eligible to register as Graduate Technologists with Applied Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) and may apply for registration as an Applied Science Technologist after completing a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Students can apply for student membership in ASTTBC

The Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering is nationally accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Students may apply for student membership with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC). Degree holders are eligible for Engineer-in-Training (EIT) membership with APEGBC.

Completion of an engineering degree and obtaining EIT enrolment with a provincial engineering licensing body are the first steps for all engineers towards achieving licensure as a Professional Engineer (PEng).Two steps remain: first, the Engineer-in-Training must complete a minimum of four years of satisfactory engineering work experience under the supervision of a registered professional engineer; secondly, the PEng candidate must pass the professional practice exam. As a Professional Engineer, one has the license to practice engineering and a seal to stamp the designs and drawings one creates.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Students exiting the program after academic year two (Level 4) with a diploma may consider entering BCIT's Bachelor of Technology programs in Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Engineering Technology, or Construction Management.

Degree graduates may pursue graduate studies in Civil Engineering, nationally or internationally. Entrance requirements typically specify a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering with sufficiently high academic standing.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Civil engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of various structures and infrastructures. These include buildings, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, dams, ports and coastal installations, and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation. Civil engineers may also specialize in foundation analysis, building and structural inspection, surveying and municipal planning. They are employed by engineering consulting companies, municipal and other levels of government, and in many other industries. They may also be self-employed.

Under the broad umbrella of civil engineering, they can specialize as: environmental engineers; municipal or public works engineers; construction or project engineers; highway, transportation or traffic engineers; water resource or hydraulic engineers; geotechnical engineers; bridge, building, or structural engineers.

Civil technologists are employed throughout the full spectrum of civil engineering related industries. Numerous career paths exist in consulting engineering, construction, public works and the technical sales sector. Starting positions include: consulting design technologists, municipal plan checkers, construction inspectors and supervisors, detailers, technical sales representatives, material testing technicians, surveyors and CAD operators. Many experienced civil technologists have attained senior positions in organizations or started their own businesses.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

In addition to those listed below from the Department of Civil Engineering, you'll also benefit from the knowledge of BCIT Faculty from other departments on campus including Mathematics, Communications, Physics, Geomatics, Liberal Studies, Chemistry, Operations Management, and Business Administration. Faculty office locations and phone numbers are available from the BCIT Directory.

Faculty

Michael Baumert, PhD, P.Eng., Student Coordinator

Martin Bollo, MEng, P.Eng.

Colleen Chan, PhD, P.Eng.

Bryan Folz, DiplT, BSc, MASc, PhD, P.Eng.

Jacquie Gaudet, BASc, P.Eng.,

Ron Krpan, P.Eng.

Chris Niwinski, BASc, MASc, P.Eng.

Anna Ovanesova, PhD, P.Eng.

Bishnu Pandey, PhD.

Habib Rahman, PhD, P.Eng.

Sudip Talukdar, PhD.

Paul Thurston, BASc, P.Eng., Program Head

Renata Wood, BASc., P.Eng.

David Wong, BSc, P.Eng.

Assistant Instructors

Ray Daxon, DiplT

Aiden Kiani, P.Eng.

Ken Zeleschuk, DiplT, AScT, MBA


Staff

Kristin Maxom, BA, BRS
Administrative Assistant: Full-time Program

Pam Dade, BA
Program Assistant: Alternate Studies

Advisory committee

  • J. Kupskay, P.Eng, Paragon Engineering Ltd., (Chair)
  • M. Jobke, P.Eng, Associated Engineering Ltd.
  • C. Braley, AScT, City of Coquitlam J
  • C. Longmuir, AScT, Fraser River Pile & Dredge
  • J. Miller, AScT, JJM Construction Ltd.
  • M. O'Keeffe, P.Eng, Glotman-Simpson Consulting Engineers
  • R. Schubak, P.Eng, BC Hydro
  • D. Tara, P.Eng, Thurber Engineering Ltd.
  • K. Terness, P.Eng. ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd.
  • M. Searle, P.Eng., Metro Vancovuer
  • P. Tiefensee, PMO, MCPM, BCOMM, DiplT

Contact Us

General inquiries (full-time program)

Alternate studies (part-time programs)

Inquiries about part-time studies (night-school) or distance ed:
  • Ken Zeleschuk, AScT
    Alternate Studies Coordinator     604-456-1066
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