The Part-time Associate Certificate is designed to provide students and employers a flexible offering of academic courses to advance careers in the field of Civil Technology. A program of study can be tailored to a student's needs by selecting appropriate courses from the list of electives.
An Associate Certificate must contain a minimum of 30.0 credits and approved courses from the Associate Certificate can be incorporated into the requirements for a Certificate. All Program Declarations must be submitted for approval by the Civil Engineering department.
There is no formal application process and it is not necessary to register in the program to take courses. You may register for any course of interest as long as the specified prerequisite(s) are met or you have the equivalent knowledge. Students who wish to complete the Associate Certificate should submit a Program Declaration Request.
*Students who completed Math 12 more than five years ago are strongly recommended to start with one of the required math courses.
Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and also provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
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BCIT accepts only complete program declarations. To declare this program:
Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.
Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.
Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.
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This course presents a thorough introduction to the relationship between applied loads and the resultant support reactions and internal forces developed in statically determinate members and structures. Topics include classification of force systems, equilibrium equations, support conditions, freebody diagrams, support reactions, truss analysis by the methods of joints and sections, analysis of pinned plane frames, geometric properties of sections, distributed loading, and load, shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams. Prerequisites: MATH 1401 or MATH 1013
In this course, you will be presented with an overview of fundamental graphical techniques necessary for plan reading and production of working drawings and introduced to a variety of civil engineering terminology. Subject materials for the course are drawn from the civil engineering industry. Topics include freehand sketching, field sketching, drawing scales and layout, orthographic projections, contour drawings, and geometric constructions. Lettering and line work will be emphasized throughout.
In this course, you will be presented with the basic concepts and techniques needed for watershed analysis and drainage facility design. You will develop basic observation and estimation skills through worksheets, mapwork and a small field project. Fundamental concepts include rainfall intensity, runoff, catchment area, streamflow, infiltration, mass balance, snowmelt, rainfall frequency, and the hydrologic cycle. The streamflow estimation procedures discussed are the rational method and the unit hydrograph. Prerequisites: MATH 1013 or MATH 1401
Introduction to Business and Technical Communication
This communication course teaches practical business communication techniques for planning, organizing, selecting, writing, and presenting information in business or industry. It covers routine memos, letters, request and reply letters, and oral presentations. NOTE: Students do not need to submit transcripts for entrance to this course. BUT, in the case of formal or informal grade appeals or reviews they will be asked to show proof of their English requirements. Students scoring below "C+" in English 12 should take COMM 1106 instead of COMM 1103. Students who wish to confirm their English level are strongly advised to take COMM 0015. Prerequisite: Students must have one of the following: 1) English 12 "67%" (C+) or equivalent (refer to BCIT's Admission page); 2) COMM 0015 score of 70 or better.
Advanced Technical Mathematics*
Math 1013 is intended for students who need to complete a technical math course required to advance into a BCIT program specific calculus course. Prerequisite: Math 12 Pre-Calculus or equivalent OR BCIT MATH 0001.
Technical Mathematics for Architectural and Building Technology*
Basic Algebra Review: solving linear, quadratic and simultaneous linear equations, percentage problems; Trigonometry: definitions of trigonometric functions in a right triangle and the unit circle - relevant applications; Plane Geometry: definitions and relevant applications using regular and irregular polygons; 3-D Geometry: definitions and applications using solids with an emphasis on solids intersecting each other. Prerequisites: Math 12 Pre-Calculus or equivalent OR BCIT Math 0001.
*Note: Students must have completed Math 12 with a grade C or better in order to receive credit for this course.
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The first step in using computer aided design (CAD) software requires a solid foundation of the user interface, commands and features of the CAD software. This intensive, hands-on course prepares the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for creating a basic 2D working drawing using AutoCAD. Topics include CAD concepts, file management, the viewing, drawing, and editing of drawings as well the placement of text and dimensions onto a drawing layout in preparation for plotting. Prerequisite: Familiarity with Microsoft Windows and basic drafting knowledge.
Construction Materials Testing Fundamentals
Familiarizes students with lab and testing procedures for testing construction materials. Topics include sieve analysis, relative density, compaction tests, Atterberg limits, and soil classification.
Stress Analysis 1
This course presents an introduction to the relationship between applied loads and the resulting stresses and deformations produced in common structural elements. Topics include concepts of stress and strain, mechanical behaviour and testing of construction materials, elementary design principles using allowable stresses and factors of safety, analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate axially loaded bars, thermal stresses, moments of inertia, bending and shear stresses in beams, shear flow. A laboratory component is included in the delivery of this course. Prerequisites: CIVL 1020
Stress Analysis 2
This course builds on the foundation of CIVL 2121, continuing with a discussion of the relationship between applied loads and the resulting stresses and deformations produced in common structural elements. Topics include beam deflections, combined stresses, stress transformations, Mohr's circle, column buckling, and torsion. A laboratory component is included in the delivery of this course. Prerequisites: CIVL 2121
This course presents the basic knowledge required to select materials for concrete production, design a concrete mix, and conduct quality control tests on concrete. Topics include cements, water/cement ratio, admixtures, concrete properties, manufacturing, placing, finishing, curing, and inspection techniques as per CSA A23.1 and A23.2. This course includes a laboratory component. Prerequisites: CIVL 1580
This course teaches students how to select suitable materials for asphaltic concrete design using the Marshall method equipment. Topics include plant and paving quality control, asphaltic cement testing, aggregate testing, and calculations for asphaltic design. Laboratory sessions include producing an asphaltic paving mix, making specimens, testing specimens, and analyzing test results using the Marshall method. Prerequisites: CIVL 1580
Civil Project Estimating
Covers construction cost estimating and site documentation in cost control for civil engineering projects pertaining to roadwork, water, sewer and building construction. Topics include quantity takeoffs, productivity rates, labour and material costing, construction equipment and machinery, and project cost control.
Introduction to Soil Mechanics
This course introduces the basic principles of soil mechanics and testing procedures through lectures, problem-solving sessions, and laboratory demonstrations. Topics include mass/volume relationships, soil classification, compaction, and permeability. Prerequisites: CIVL 1580
Introduction to Urban Traffic Engineering
Introduces fundamentals of traffic engineering with particular reference to the urban scene. Topics include movement and storage of vehicles on road systems, driver, vehicle and traffic stream characteristics, highway and intersection capacity, intersection and parking layout, data collection techniques and traffic control.
Introduction to Hydraulics
An introduction to the terminology, physics and applications of hydrostatics and hydraulics, this course covers fluids at rest and in motion. Topics include the properties of water, fluid pressure, hydrostatic force and buoyancy, head loss and the application of Bernoulli’s equation to hydraulic systems. Students will use energy conservation methods to solve pipe systems with multiple branches. Prerequisites: CIVL 1020
Intro to Structural Design
This course provides a general introduction to the structural design process. Topics include limit states design philosophy, determination of dead, live, snow, and wind load effects according to national standards, gravity load paths and selection of structural systems. Prerequisites: CIVL 1120
Soil Mechanics 2
This course builds on the knowledge gained in CIVL 2140. Material continues to be delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory demonstrations, and problem-solving sessions. Topics include head diagrams, effective stress, consolidation, shear strength, subsurface investigation and geology, and forces on retaining walls. Prerequisites: CIVL 2140
Introduces the limit states design of statically determinate structures comprised of wood. Topics include determination of design load and design of beams, columns, and members in tension in accordance with Canadian design codes. Prerequisites: CIVL 2070 and CIVL 2122
Civil Construction Estimating
Covers survey fundamentals and quantity take-off of civil engineering projects pertaining to roadwork, water, sewer and building construction. Topics include quantity take-off, productivity rates, labour and material costing, construction equipment and machinery, and project cost control. Prerequisites: BLDC 1300 or BLDT 1041
Introduction to Public Works Operations
This course starts with a broad overview of the different levels of government, their inter-relationships and influence on local city operations. Weekly sessions then provide broad information on roads, drainage, sanitary sewers, water distribution, and solid waste collection, with emphasis on public works operations. The course will conclude with concepts of asset and maintenance management of municipal infrastructure. On completion, students will be eligible to continue with additional courses in wastewater collection, water distribution, stormwater management or roadworks maintenance.
Roadworks Maintenance 1
Covers the topics of pavement failures and pavement repair techniques, asphalt mixes, crack sealing and the types of equipment used, street lighting systems, pavement marking and street signs, vegetation control, sweeping and shoulder maintenance, maintenance management and pavement management systems, and their integration with job costing are reviewed. Prerequisites: PUBW 1001 and PUBW 1141
Municipal Plan Reading
This course introduces the student to interpretation of engineering drawings used in public works construction, including the correlation between construction layout, specifications and standard drawings. Prerequisites: PUBW 1001
Roadworks Maintenance 2
This continuing course in municipal roadworks maintenance will be presented by different instructors. Topics to be covered include utility location and adjustments for reconstruction and pavement widenings, master municipal specifications, road rehabilitation techniques, trenchless technology, drainage and spill containment, sidewalks, curbs and traffic control devices. Prerequisites: PUBW 1121
Public Works Inspection
This course covers the duties and legal responsibilities involved in public works inspection; examines inspection techniques, reports and data collection; and examines relevant clauses of MMCD general specifications for Public Works construction. Inspection requirements and quality control for soil placement, asphalt cement, Portland cement concrete and underground utilities are discussed.
Survey Instrument Operations: Levels
Introduction to differential leveling; terms used in leveling; field note-keeping; peg-test; bench mark leveling; level note reductions and adjustment. Leveling applications - sewer-line survey and building site survey; earthwork volume calculations.
Basic Surveying with Total Stations
Students will perform total station instrument setups, checks and calibration for both infrared and reflectorless technology. Students will also carry out angle and distance measurement procedures, direct and remote elevation determination, traversing procedures, topographic/detail surveys and construction layout. The course will cover both onboard digital and manual data collection and on-board data processing in a variety of industry standard scenarios. An overview of coordinates and coordinate systems will also be given. A portion of this course is available on-line.
Civil 3D: Introduction
Introduction to Autodesk Civil 3D software. Students will create and manage drawings; edit & create styles and settings; create, import, analyze, manipulate points; import and edit electronic data collection files; create point groups; create description keys; draw lines and curves; label points, lines and curves; subdivide land; create, edit and analyze terrain models; generate volumes between terrain models; create horizontal alignments; create existing and design profiles; create and use assemblies for corridor design.
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