The Dawson Civil Tech Program is the only English language Civil Tech program in Quebec and our graduates have a stellar reputation in the industry.

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are asked:

You will receive instruction in all aspects of civil engineering & construction such as:

  • Drafting and Structural design
  • Surveying
  • Estimating and Project Management
  • Engineering materials
  • Infrastructure & Building Systems
  • Environmental Engineering

Engineering Design Offices

  • Need for employees who have an understanding of engineering design principles and the drafting competencies to prepare the engineering drawings.


  • Need for employees with surveying skills to evaluate existing condition of infrastructure, design and layout new rehabilitation projects.
  • Need for employees who can evaluate proposed building projects within the context of the zoning and building regulations.

Construction Companies (general & specialty contractors)

  • Need for employees able to interpret engineering drawings, estimate quantities and costs of manpower, materials and equipment required for the construction project.
  • Need for employees able to plan, schedule and supervise the construction work on the site.

Manufacturers of Engineering Materials and Sales

  • Need for employees to perform the extensive array of testing required in the quality control, manufacturing and placement of engineering materials.
  • Need for employees who can interpret data from the testing of engineering materials and initiate appropriate adjustments to their production or the construction work as required.
  • Need for employees who can understand and articulate technical information (make presentations, participate in discussions and respond to requests for information from professionals involved in the construction process).

Testing & Inspection Companies

  • Need for employers who are competent to perform lab testing of raw materials (aggregates, sand, soil, etc..),
  • Need for employers who are competent to perform lab and field testing of finished products (concrete, asphalt, etc..)
  • Need for employers who are competent to perform field quality control testing (compaction, concrete placement, asphalt paving, etc..)

There is currently an insufficient number of graduates entering the workplace to satisfy the demand.

  • We receive jobs offers regularly from companies looking to fill positions for civil engineering technologists. We keep a database of graduates and refer these job offers to them.
  • 100% of graduates who have sought employment over the past 5 years have found jobs.
  • Based on all of the ongoing and planned construction and infrastructure work in and around Montreal, there will be jobs in this field over the long term.

Starting salaries for Civil Engineering Technologists are in the $40k range.

  • The outlook is very good given that there is currently a dire need for civil engineering technicians and so, many companies have been forced to offer higher starting salaries to attract graduates, or are even hiring engineers to do technician jobs.
  • A good experienced project manager can easily earn a 6-fugure income.

Students who apply to the Program must have successfully completed Sec V math. Engineers use math constantly, so students need to be generally comfortable with math in general, but proficiency at the Sec V level is sufficient.

We usually get over 100 applications and can accept 45. The best candidates with all of the pre-requisites are selected first.

The actual cut-off depends on the candidates who have applied. We accept the most qualified first obviously. Generally, the cut-off is overall average low 70’s.

Sec IV Environmental Science & Technology or Environmental Science 558-404 or 558-402 or Physical Science 436

Sec V Mathematics – Technical & Scientific option or Science option 564-506 or 565-506 or Mathematics 526

Unfortunately, in our program, courses are only offered once a year. So, you’d have to wait to the following year to re-take the course. In addition, if that course is a pre-requisite for other more advanced courses, you would not be allowed to take them until you had successfully completed the pre-requisite.

I am not 100% sure but I believe yes it is recognized. You would be best to verify with the governing body in the other province.

Many students have gone on to start their own companies after they graduate and the RBQ is necessary in some of those cases.

During the winter semester in your second year, you will take a course titled “Stage Preparation”. The teacher in charge of the stage program will work with you to help you find a summer job in the construction / engineering industry. You will put together a CV and learn about how to search for a job and how to handle communications and interviews. We also maintain a database of companies that students can use to contact. We also have close relationships with lots of companies who regularly hire our students. While the responsibility is ultimately yours, we help you quite a bit to find a job. Usually every student is successful in finding a summer stage position.

In the Fall semester of your third year, right after you have completed your summer stage, you will take a course titled “Stage Evaluation”. During this course, you will write a technical report describing your stage experience and also give a presentation to your peers.

Yes, you will learn all about bids and where they fit into the whole process. You’ll also learn to see it from both the owner’s perspective (building owner, municipality, etc) and the contractor’s perspective.

It frequently happens that designs, plans and specifications are put together in the “off season” and then the actual work is done in the “construction season”.

  • So, if you are working for a design office, or a municipality, or government office, then you’d be involved in creating plans and specs during the “of season” when construction is stopped.
  • If you’re working for a contractor then you could be doing all of the paperwork, bids, estimates, etc. in the off season.

We have certain labs that we have designated as essential and for which we have received permission to meet in person. So far, that has gone well. Clearly, there are certain skills that are best learned by doing, but we have managed to adjust our schedules to get the most critical components completed in order to ensure that students master the course competencies.

There are two options if you want to study civil engineering at university.

  • The Pure & Applied stream is a two-year program designed specifically to prepare you for all of the engineering theory that you will need to study engineering in university. The courses offered are theoretical classes and are fine for students who are comfortable in lecture environment and who see themselves working in an engineering design office.
  • The Civil Engineering Technology Program is a three year programs that incorporates a combination of both theoretical and practical classes
  • Students learn the theory in a classroom environment, and then go into a lab environment to perform hands on practical applications of the theory and learn how it is used in the workplace.
  • Students work for 12 weeks between 2nd and 3rd year gaining valuable practical experience.
  • Students quickly develop marketable competencies that will permit them to get employment in a technical environment while pursuing their studies.
  • Students who no don’t choose to continue onto university, are qualified, upon graduation, as Civil Engineering Technicians and are eligible for membership in L’Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec (OTPQ)

The bottom line: Students who plan to continue their education to obtain a university degree in Civil Engineering, receive a more complete, more valued, education and experience if they choose the Civil Engineering Technology Program over Pure & Applied in CEGEP.

  • 100% of our students get hired.
  • Students do a 12-week stage, or apprenticeship, in the summer between 2nd and 3rd year and so already have important practical experience when they graduate.
  • Many companies specifically look to hire our graduates and we regularly get job postings from companies asking us to circulate them to our graduates.
  • Roughly 20% of our students, and almost 50% of our faculty, are female;
  • Civil Tech graduates who go on to study civil engineering at university make better engineers than students who choose a pre-university stream because they receive a more-balanced practical and theoretical education.
  • Students looking for a career in the construction field, should choose Civil Tech as the Program prepares students to enter the workforce at the successful conclusion of the 3-year program as fully qualified Civil Engineering Technologists;
  • Opportunities for Civil Engineering Technologists have never been more prolific;
  • The Civil Engineering Technology Program is also an ideal choice for students who want to continue on to study civil engineering at the university level as it provides real world experience and perspective that pre-university streams lack;
  • The combination of the practical, hands-on approach coupled with the depth of theory makes for a more well-rounded education and produces graduates who are uniquely prepared to develop into superior engineers.

Last Modified: October 27, 2020