Delivery Mode: BLENDED
- This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
- Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
- We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
- Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
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.
Costs & Supplies
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
The Department of Civil Engineering is participating in an ongoing pilot project where all incoming Level 1 and Level 5 (Year 1 and Year 3) students and all continuing Level 3 and Level 7 (Year 2 and Year 3) students are required to bring a computing device meeting minimum
requirements for use during courses in the program. As a student you will be able to securely connect through a web browser to a BCIT managed “virtual desktop” where computing applications for courses will be available. This virtual desktop is accessible 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.
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!
Graduating & Jobs
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.
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 and Operations Management. Faculty office locations and phone numbers are available from the BCIT Directory.
Syed Zaki Abdullah, Ph.D.
Michael Baumert, Ph.D., P.Eng., Student Coordinator
Poureya Bazargani, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Jan Bielenberg, M.Sc., P.Eng., Program Head
Martin Bollo, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Colleen Chan, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Phyllis Chong, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Joel Hampson, P.Eng.
Kian Karimi, Ph.D, P.Eng., PE
Anna Ovanesova, Ph.D, P.Eng.
Bishnu Pandey, Ph.D. P.Eng.
Sudip Talukdar, Ph.D., P.Eng., Program Coordinator
Paul Thurston, BASc., P.Eng.
Renata Wood, M.Sc., P.Eng.
David Wong, BSc., P.Eng.
Ray Daxon, DiplT
Aiden Kiani, P.Eng.
Ken Zeleschuk, DiplT, AScT, MBA
Mohammed Farooq, MSc.
Kristin Maxom, BA, BRS
Administrative Assistant: Full-time Program
- M. Jobke, P.Eng: Associated Engineering Ltd.
- C. Braley, AScT: City of Coquitlam
- C. Longmuir, AScT: Fraser River Pile & Dredge
- 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 Vancouver
- P. Tiefensee, PMO, MCPM, BCOMM, DiplT: Formula Contractors
- R. Fernandes, AScT: PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.
- T. Rabey, AScT, PMP: R.F. Binnie & Associates
- S. Fumagalli-Hui, P.Eng: Hatch
- C. Peddie, P.Eng., JJM Construction Ltd.
General inquiries (full-time program)
- Kristin Maxom – Administrative Assistant: 604-456-1259
- Michael Baumert, P.Eng. – Student Coordinator: 604-451-7117
Admissions inquiries (full-time program)
- Contact Admissions Coordinator Phyllis Chong, P.Eng. at Civil_Admissions@bcit.ca
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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