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Program Summary

Civil engineers provide and maintain all of the infrastructure that we depend on daily. They plan, design, construct, operate, manage and maintain airports, bridges, buildings, dams, highways, railways, pipeline systems, tunnels, water distribution systems and treatment facilities. Carleton’s Civil Engineering program starts by giving students a thorough background in mathematics, chemistry, physics, thermodynamics, geology and numerical methods. In the final two years, students focus on engineering design in the areas of structural, geotechnical, transportation and municipal engineering. Elective courses allow students to further specialize in the area of their choice. The program culminates in a practical fourth-year design project where the students apply their knowledge to a real-world design problem.

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program in Civil Engineering offers you:

  • courses and design projects in structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering;
  • a program of study that emphasizes problem-solving skills, laboratory experience, design and advanced computer methods for civil engineering;
  • opportunities to participate in collaborative design projects with industry, government and other research agencies in the Ottawa region; and
  • excellent scholarships for students with high academic standing.

Our laboratory and research facilities

You will find excellent laboratory and computer facilities at Carleton. For example, you may become involved in research studies that test the materials of large-scale specimens using the specialized facilities of the strong floor in the Minto Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering. Carleton’s proximity to the laboratories of the National Research Council Canada gives you access to additional research and resource facilities.

Co-op opportunities

As a student in the Civil Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the Co-op designation on your degree. Often, the four consecutive work terms following third year take place with the same employer. Our program is closely associated with government departments and agencies as well as private firms, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

Ottawa is a global technology leader. Sharing a city with some of the world’s best tech companies and government laboratories offers excellent opportunities for co-op and internship placements, as well as a high number of prospects for future employment. Nearly 79,000 people in the national capital are employed by more than 1,800 tech companies, including multinational giants who lead the way in telecommunications, software, computer systems, aerospace, sensor technologies, the environment, security and defence, construction, semiconductors, and wireless technologies.

The BEng degree program in Civil Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from this program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer.

At Carleton, you will develop a broad background in engineering in your first two years of study. The final years will allow you to focus on one or more of the traditional areas of structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering complemented by courses municipal engineering, engineering economics and project management. The 4th year capstone project provides an opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge, and expertise you’ve developed to the design of a civil engineering infrastructure project.

As a civil engineer, you will be a highly skilled professional with expertise in analysis, design, computer applications and management. You could work for any level of government or in a variety of consulting engineering firms. Graduates of the Civil Engineering program at Carleton University work around the world today, on challenging and technically advanced civil engineering projects.