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 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.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)The Department of Civil Engineering will be participating in a limited pilot project in Fall 2016 but no specific purchase of computing equipment is required of students. Students that do have a computing device meeting the minimum requirements [PDF] may be asked to voluntarily help us with this pilot and will be able to securely connect through a web browser to a BCIT managed “virtual desktop” where computing applications for specific courses will be available. This virtual desktop can be accessed both on campus and remotely, and may be used within particular courses for instruction purposes. No additional software will need to be installed on your computing device.
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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...
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.
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.
Martin Bollo, MEng, P.Eng.
Colleen Chan, PhD, P.Eng.
Bryan Folz, DiplT, BSc, MASc, PhD, P.Eng.
Anna Ovanesova, PhD, P.Eng.
Bishnu Pandey, PhD.
Sudip Talukdar, PhD.
Paul Thurston, BASc, P.Eng., Program Head
Renata Wood, BASc., P.Eng.
David Wong, BSc, P.Eng.
Ray Daxon, DiplT
Aiden Kiani, P.Eng.
Ken Zeleschuk, DiplT, AScT, MBA
Thomas Abbuhl, AScTDiane Grady, PhD.
Kristin Maxom, BA, BRS
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