Civil/Structural Technician

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Learn Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and techniques used in developing highways, high rises, and commercial buildings.

Tuition: 6797*
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based and Online
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Sep
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What you will learn

  • Technical drafting software: AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Structure, Inventor, Civil 3D
  • Drafting terminology, conventions, and annotation
  • Drawing from data, designs, and/or specifications
  • Technical mathematics
  • Construction site safety
  • 3D and building information modelling (BIM)
  • Orthographic projection
  • Sectioning and dimensioning
  • Auxiliary view
  • Machine detailing
  • Structural analysis
  • Civil technology and planning
  • Engineering theories and drawings
  • Reinforced concrete and structural steel
  • Construction site layout, mapping, and plotting
  • Cut and fill practices
  • Drainage and sub-surface investigation
  • Road layouts and corridor design
  • Land subdivision and terrain models
  • Highway intersections
  • Steel framing systems and construction
  • Steel-reinforced concrete
  • Foundation plans and grade beams
  • Civil utilities, pipe networks, sanitary systems
  • Steel stairs and platforms
  • Critical thinking
  • Team building
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Technical communications
  • Portfolio development
  • Résumés and application letters
  • Job-search skills and interviews

What to expect

  • Project-based learning
  • Presentations
  • Laboratory work
  • Homework
  • Theory
  • Individual projects
  • Theory examinations
  • Practical/drawing assessments
  • Opportunity to advance into a CAD and BIM Technician diploma program*

Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English Language Proficiency at a grade 12 level
  • Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Workplace Math 11 or equivalent, or
    • VCC Math Assessment with 80% Basic Arithmetic and 60% Basic Algebra


  • Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement may be admitted at the discretion of the Department
  • Applicants who have met all the above requirements and have completed high school Drafting 11 and 12 may, with Departmental approval, apply for direct entry into term 2 
  • VCC CAD Technician Short Certificate graduates may apply for direct entry into term 2

For assistance with meeting the entrance requirements, please contact Advising Services to schedule an appointment with an Advisor.




  • VCC CAD Short Certificate graduates (granted within the last 2 years) may be eligible to receive credit for: DRFT 1010, DRFT 1011, DRFT 1012, DRFT 1013.


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • General computer skills, including working knowledge of Windows OS.
  • Good mathematical and mechanical comprehension.
  • Ability to work in imperial and metric units of measurement.
  • Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.
  • Successful work habits and an ability to work well with others.
  • Logical reasoning and an ability to visualize objects.
  • Interest in all aspects of architecture, engineering, general construction and related fields.

Courses *

This program is offered full time during the day (approximately 3 days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Days and times are subject to change.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Applicants who successfully completed Drafting 11 and 12 or equivalent may also apply for PLAR. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses. 

PLAR is available for the following courses:

  • DRFT 1010 CAD Drafting Fundamentals 
  • DRFT 1011 CAD Drafting Applied 
  • DRFT 1012 Office and Construction Site Safety
  • DRFT 1013 Construction Mathematics 

Students may complete up to 20% of program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.  

Methods of PLAR vary by course, and may include exams, portfolios, interviews, and other evaluations. See individual Course Outlines for details.

See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information.

*Note for international students requesting PLAR: Prior to proceeding with the PLAR request, please contact VCC International Education Advising to learn how PLAR can impact immigration status.  

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 6797
Student union192
College initiative114
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource136
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 442
Program-specific extra fees0
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