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Overview

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  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
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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.

Entrance Requirements

Advanced Placement

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.

Courses

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!

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.

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.

Faculty

Syed Zaki Abdullah, PhD

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Syed_Zaki_Abdullah@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Zaki is a civil engineer with 7 years of engineering work experience in various countries including Canada, South Korea, Singapore, and Germany. His work portfolio includes a diverse array of projects ranging from treatment system design, construction supervision and management of different types of water/wastewater treatment processes, national level guideline development for water distribution systems, engineering testing capacity building, and the development of innovative sanitation systems initiated by Gates Foundation. In these projects Zaki has acted as Program Manager, Key Client Account Manager, Proposal Lead, Designer, Design Evaluator, and QAQC Manager.

Zaki has expertise and interests in the area of engineering capacity building through applied education, as well as in water and wastewater treatment technologies, innovative sanitation systems, solid waste management and environmental sustainability management.

Education

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2014
MASc, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2007
BASc (Honours), Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2003

Professional Registration

Applying for P.Eng., British Columbia

Michael Baumert, PhD, P.Eng.

Instructor, Student Coordinator, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Michael_Baumert@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Michael Baumert has provided design consultation services for major horizontal directional drilling crossings since 2003.

Education

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Western Ontario, 2003. Thesis Title: “Investigation of Pulling Loads and Mud Pressures during HDD.”
Aerostructures Technician Certificate, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 1998
MSc, Structural Engineering, Queen’s University, 1995
BEng, Mechanical Engineering, Royal Military College, 1984

Professional Registration

P.Eng, Ontario 1995
P.Eng, British Columbia, 2008- present

Poureya Bazargani, PhD, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
pbazargani@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Poureya Bazargani is a structural engineer with 7 years of engineering work experience. Despite the majority of his work experience having been in Canada, Poureya has also worked in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His work portfolio includes a diverse array of projects ranging from buildings, bridges and dams to pipelines, infrastructure and mining projects. He has performed the role of structural engineer in various stages of an engineering project including conceptual design, feasibility study and preliminary/detailed design as well as execution/construction management.

Education

PhD, Structural and Earthquake Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2014
BASc (Honours), Civil Engineering, Shiraz University, 2006

Professional Registration

P.Eng., British Columbia

Special Interests

Poureya’s main areas of specialty are soil-structure interaction, seismic analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures and seismic retrofit design. The Port Mann Main Water Supply Tunnel, Kinross Tasiast Mauritania Gold Mine and seismic upgrade of the Ruskin Dam are among the projects that Poureya was heavily involved with.

Professional Affiliations

Engineers Association of British Columbia (SEABC)
American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Jan Bielenberg, MSc, P.Eng.

Program Head, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
JBielenberg@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Jan is a civil engineer with ten years of experience within the field of civil and hydrotechnical engineering as well as construction management. Jan’s responsibilities included preparation of hydraulic design calculations and models as well as establishment of project hydrology for hydroelectric projects in Canada, USA, Chile, Guatemala and India. Jan has also been part of construction management teams as site inspector, assistant group manager, site civil engineer and design coordinator.

Jan’s specialties include one-, two- and three-dimensional hydrodynamic modelling, hydraulic design of water conveyance structures, dam break analysis, hydrologic modeling, sediment transport estimation, construction management and site inspection (tunneling, hydroelectric development).

For more information, please refer to Jan’s LinkedIn profile.

Education

MSc, Civil Engineering, Hydrotechnical Specialization, Queen’s University, 2006. Research Topic: “Behaviour of Streambeds Covered by Dunes Under Time-Varying Flows: The Case of a Sudden Change in Flow Depth.”
Diplomingenieur, Civil Engineering, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, 2004

Professional Registrations

P.Eng, British Columbia

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Dam Association (CDA)
International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)

Martin Bollo, MEng, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Martin_Bollo@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Martin Bollo is a structural engineer with over twenty-five years of diverse engineering and engineering instruction experience in Canada and the United States. This experience includes full-time and part-time experience in performing structural analysis, design, detailing, and construction/ contract administration of new and seismically retrofitted building, bridge and lifeline structures.

Education

MEng, Civil (Structural) Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1991. Thesis Title: “Observations and Implications of Tests on the Cypress Street Viaduct Test Structure.”
BASc (Honours), Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 1989

Professional Registration

P.Eng, British Columbia
PE, SE, Washington and California
Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP)

Special Interests

Martin is active in the professional community and has volunteered for the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia (SEABC), Vancouver Structural Engineers Group (VSEGS), APEGBC DSE, APEGBC Richmond Branch, SEAONC, and other engineering-related groups. He is a past President of the VSEGS, and a founder of the SEABC Initiative Steering Committee.

One of Martin’s areas of specialty is in the field of seismic/earthquake engineering. Representative projects include seismic assessments and upgrade designs of major bridges, building and reservoirs. He visited earthquake-damaged sites in California after the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge earthquakes.

Colleen Chan, PhD, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Colleen_Chan@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Colleen Chan’s expertise and interests are in the area of water and wastewater treatment technologies, environmental sustainability management, solid waste management, and contaminated site remediation technologies.

Education

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2010. Research Topic: “Optimization of Technologies for Water and Wastewater Treatment Applications, With Particular Focus on Hydrodynamic Conditions in Membrane Technologies.”
MSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2001
BSc, Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, 1999

Professional Registration

P.Eng., British Columbia, 2011

Phyllis Chong, MASc, P.Eng.

Instructor, Interim Admissions Coordinator, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
pchong26@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Phyllis Chong is a structural engineer with over 12 years of experience in engineering consulting prior to joining the faculty in the department of Civil Engineering at BCIT. Phyllis’s experience includes infrastructure and bridge engineering-related projects in Canada and the United States, where she has acted as Proposal Lead, Key Client Account Manager, Project Manager, Designer, Design Checker, and Analyst for bridge projects.

Phyllis has expertise and interest in the design of steel and concrete bridge structures, including various forms such as cable-stayed, suspension, arch, and girder bridges. She has also supported construction services for several bridge projects. Phyllis enjoys human interaction – in particular, attending professional conferences and building and fostering relationships. Through her previous managing role as a Group Lead, she provided leadership and direction to assigned staff.

Education

MASc, Civil (Structural) Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2005. Thesis Title: “A Contribution to a Practical Approach to Corrosion Protection and Coating Maintenance of Steel Bridge Structures.”
BASc (Honours), Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2003

Professional Registration

P.Eng., British Columbia

Ray Daxon, DiplT

Assistant Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
rdaxon@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Ray has been working at BCIT as an Assistant Instructor in the Civil Engineering Program since June 2013.

Education

DiplT, Civil Engineering, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 2013

Professional Registration

GradTech, Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia, 2014

Joel Alexander Hampson, CD, MASc, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
jhampson@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Joel A. Hampson, CD, MASc, P.Eng, GMICE, LEED AP, is a senior engineer and has over thirty years of construction experience. Joel designs with wood, steel, reinforced concrete and other materials, and he is experienced with post-disaster building evaluation. He is a skilled field investigator and has repaired & retrofit buildings for seismic events, extreme weather, construction & design errors and vehicle impacts. Joel is a Natural Sciences and Research Council of Canada (NSERC) scholar; his area of research is structural engineering with wood. Joel is an Engineer with Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Task-Force 1, Engineering Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces and Faculty Instructor with the British Columbia Institute of Technology

Education

MASc Structural Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2003. Thesis Title: “Report on Moment Resistant Connections Made with Timber Rivets in Wood Product Substratum” Scholarships: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC);
B.Eng. Building Engineering, Concordia University, 2001

Professional Registration

P.Eng., British Columbia

Professional Affiliations

Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers Engineering Officer
Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia
Vancouver Fire Rescue Service
Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (CAN-TF1) Engineer
St. John’s College, University of British Columbia Fellow

Kian Karimi, PhD, P.Eng., PE

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Kian_Karimi@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Dr. Karimi is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia, Canada (P.Eng.) and in the state of California, USA (PE) with over 10 years of practical experience in the consulting environment. Kian’s diverse experience encompasses design of residential, commercial and industrial buildings and infrastructure with expertise in seismic design. He has acted in the capacity of project engineer and project manager through all project phases from concept level planning to detailed design, cost estimate, tendering, contract administration and construction field inspections.

During the course of his PhD studies, Dr. Karimi studied application of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in upgrading structures and has co-authored several technical publications in peer-reviewed journals in this area.

Education

PhD, Civil Engineering, Structural Specialization, McMaster University, Canada, 2011 Research Topic: “Performance of FRP-encased Steel-Concrete Composite Columns.”
MSc, Civil Engineering, Seismic Specialization, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2005
BASc, Civil Engineering, Shiraz University, Iran, 2003

Professional Registrations

P.Eng., British Columbia, Canada
PE, State of California, USA

Aiden Kiani, P.Eng.

Assistant Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Aiden_Kiani@bcit.ca

Anna Ovanesova, PhD, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Anna_Ovanesova@bcit.ca

Education

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico (ABET Accredited), 2001
MSc, Civil Engineering, Odessa Marine Engineering Institute, 1991, Ukraine
BEng, Civil Engineering, Odessa Marine Engineering Institute, Ukraine

Professional Registration

P.Eng, British Columbia
P.Eng, Ontario

Bishnu Pandey, PhD, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
bpandey@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Bishnu has worked as an earthquake engineering expert for more than eighteen years in North America and Asia-pacific countries. He has acted as team lead with the Canadian Association of Earthquake Engineering Team for its post-earthquake reconnaissance study of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Bishnu has been working towards build-back-better reconstruction of Nepal joining team of government and other agencies through expert service, research and technology dissemination. At BCIT, Bishnu divides his time between lecturing, research and publication. He is also teaching for the Certificates in Structural Engineering (CSE) program for the Structural Engineers Association of BC (SEABC) and University of British Columbia (UBC). Bishnu is recipient of the 2018 BC Construction Leadership Award.

Prior to joining the faculty at BCIT, Bishnu held appointments associated with earthquake risk mitigation of developing countries with several UN agencies and other organizations like World Bank, Save the Children and UNICEF.

Education

PhD in Structural/Earthquake Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2013
MEng in Structural Engineering, University of Tokyo, 2002
BEng in Civil Engineering, Tribhuvan University, 1998

Professional Registrations

P.Eng., British Columbia
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)- member
Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE) – member
Structural Engineers Association of BC (SEABC)- Executive committee member of CSI

Sudip Talukdar, PhD, P.Eng.

Instructor, Program Coordinator, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
stalukdar1@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Sudip’s interests and expertise are in the fields of construction materials and structural engineering. His current research interests include developing alternative cementitious materials, investigating different non-destructive test methods for masonry blocks, and looking into the development of testing standards for shotcrete. Alongside his teaching responsibilities at BCIT, he continues to work part-time as a Field Engineer with Metro Testing Laboratories in Burnaby, BC.

More information can be found by viewing his LinkedIn profile and his list of publications.

Education

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2013 Thesis Title: “The Effects of Global Climate Change on Carbonation Induced Corrosion of Reinforced Concrete Structures.”
MASc, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2008
BASc, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2004

Professional Registration

P.Eng., British Columbia, 2018

Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute (ACI): Committee 130, Voting Member
American Concrete Institute (ACI), British Columbia Chapter: Board of Directors
International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE): Task Group 5.3, Voting Member

Paul Thurston, BASc, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Paul_Thurston@bcit.ca

Work Experience

Paul’s work history in Civil Engineering started with 3 years with the Toronto Transit Commission as a construction inspector and design engineer followed by 7 years with Delcan Corporation Consulting Engineers as a site engineer and design engineer.

Moving back and forth between the construction site and the design office, Paul has gained an appreciation of the impacts that design decisions have on the finished product. These finished products include underground subway stations and streetcar lines as well as numerous municipal road and provincial highway projects.

Paul has also been responsible for contract document preparation, tendering and site administration for many of these projects and regularly draws on these experiences for classroom discussion and illustration of civil engineering concepts.

Education

BASc, Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1986

Professional Registration

P.Eng, Ontario, 1988 – 1991
P.Eng, British Columbia, 1990 – present

David Wong, BSc, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
David_Wong@bcit.ca

Work Experience

David Wong has nine years of consulting experience in project management of municipal projects and ten years in construction supervision of water and sewer work.

Education

BSc, Civil Engineering, San Diego State University, 1975

Professional Registrations

P.Eng, British Columbia, 1995

Ken Zeleschuk, DiplT, AScT

Coordinator- Civil Engineering Alternate Studies and Assistant Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Ken_Zeleschuk@bcit.ca

Education

Provincial Instructor Diploma, Vancouver Community College, 2004
DiplT, Civil & Structural Engineering Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 1985

Professional Registration

AScT, Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia

 

Sessional Instructors and Assistant Instructors

Mohammed Farooq, PhD Candidate

Assistant Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
mfarooq6@bcit.ca

Antone Dabeet, P.Eng.

Instructor, Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
adabeet@bcit.ca

 

Staff

Kristin Maxom, BA, BRS

Administrative Assistant: Full-Time Program Civil Engineering
School of Construction and the Environment
Kristin_Maxom@bcit.ca

Kristi Obradovic

Program Assistant: Civil Engineering Alternate Studies and Sustainable Energy Management
School of Construction and the Environment
Kristijana_Obradovic@bcit.ca

Advisory Committee

• 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.

Contact Us

General inquiries (full-time program)

Admissions 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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