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 the engineering student for professional practice. The curriculum focuses on developing strong skills in engineering science and design, communications, and management. Throughout the program, the students are given many opportunities to develop their critical thinking, problem solving and creative abilities. A Diploma in Civil Engineering credential is conferred after the first two years of academic study within this degree program and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering is conferred after 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. During the first two years, presentation of the course material is primarily delivered at a foundational level with engineering fundamentals stressed and reinforced across the curriculum. A strong understanding of practical and physical principles is fostered and promoted and an abundance of learning opportunities is provided to apply these fundamentals to the solution of real-world design scenarios that would be encountered by both technologists and engineers. Throughout the program, opportunities are presented to students to strengthen their graphical, written, and oral communication skills. A significant amount of time is directly related to hands-on training in material testing, surveying, manual and computer-aided drafting, and instruction in the use of engineering software tools. All students who successfully complete the first two years of the program receive a nationally-accredited Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology.
The final two years of the degree program are academically rigorous, with thorough investigation of the theoretical foundations of civil engineering science and design topics. At the same time, the practical application of civil engineering knowledge is presented and applied through course assignments and project work. Additionally, the student is challenged to view the engineer's role from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspective. The role of the engineer as a manager is also developed, and the student's educational experience is enriched through a series of liberal studies courses. To further develop engineering skills for professional practice, the degree concludes with the completion of a team-based capstone design project.
As an integral component of the degree program, all students must satisfy the Practical Work Experience requirement before graduation.
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.
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As a full - time student, you'll learn by being immersed into a structured, highly demanding environment. Course materials 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.
Michael Baumert, PhD, P.Eng., Lab Coordinator
Martin Bollo, MEng, P.Eng.
Colleen Chan, PhD, P.Eng.
Bryan Folz, DiplT, BSc, MASc, PhD, P.Eng.
Jacquie Gaudet, BASc, P.Eng., Program Head
Chris Niwinski, BASc, MASc, P.Eng., Admissions Coordinator
Anna Ovanesova, PhD, P.Eng.
Bishnu Pandey, PhD.
Habib Rahman, PhD, P.Eng
Sudip Talukdar, PhD.
Paul Thurston, BASc, P.Eng. Student Coordinator Years 1 & 2
Renata Wood, BASc., P.Eng.
David Wong, BSc, P.Eng.
Ray Daxon, DiplT
Aiden Kiani, P.Eng.
Ken Zeleschuk, DiplT, AScT, MBA
Hamid Maghzian, PhD.
Poureya Bazargani, PhD.
Laith Furatian, PhD. Candidate
Kristin Maxom, BA, BRS
Administrative Assistant: Full-time Program
Pam Dade, BA
Program Assistant: Alternate Studies
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