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Civil Engineering

Civil engineers design the infrastructure on which their communities depend, such as buildings and their foundations, bridges, canals, dams, transportation facilities, municipal sewer and water networks, and wastewater and solid waste treatment systems.

Civil engineering students at the University of Ottawa can take advantage of world class teaching laboratories, multimedia classrooms and outstanding computer facilities. Students develop expertise in computer application, field and laboratory testing, and project management. Upon graduation, they are well-equipped to serve their communities.

Studies made for you

Options with this program
Languages
  • This program is offered in English and in French.
    • All courses are offered in English.
    • French courses are available in first and second year.
Course examples
  • Hydraulics of Water Supply and Sewer Systems
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Structural Steel Design I

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

 

  • Highway and Transportation Engineering
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Structural Design in Timber
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Robert Wang / Civil Engineering (2017), Structural Geotechnical option with CO-OP

"The theoretical knowledge learned in class, in conjunction with some amazing practical experiences offered by the CO-OP program and the fourth year capstone project, allowed me to gain a significant head start in my career."


CO-OP employers:

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Jean-Christoph Costisella / Fourth year, Civil Engineering

"My program gave me the tools I needed to compete in the job market. The school environment was instrumental in my personal development and I made great friends along the way."

 

Enhance your studies

CO-OP (optional)

Experience your future career and help fund your studies with the CO-OP program. With the Co-operative Education (CO-OP) Program, you can gain hands-on experience in your field of study while you complete your degree.

Examples of tasks at work
  • AutoCAD
  • Computer programming (numerical modelling)
  • Design techniques in their field of specialization
  • Laboratory analysis and testing (materials)
  • Project management
  • Surveying
CO-OP salary and placement rate

Salary (hourly rate)

  • $16.99 - $21.10 

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Work term placement rates

  • 99.1% 
Some of our employers include
  • Bellai Construction
  • Citek
  • City of Ottawa
  • City of Sault Ste-Marie
  • Clark Construction Management
  • Coffrages Synergy
  • Colliers Project Leaders
  • Concentric
  • Construction B.G.P.
  • Dragados Canada Inc.
  • EXP Services Inc.
  • Ed. Brunet & Associates Canada Inc.
  • EllisDon Corporation
  • Englobe Corporation
  • Enviro Services
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Giatec Scientific Inc.
  • HTS Engineering
  • J.F. Sabourin & Associates Inc.
  • Keller Engineering Associates Inc.
  • Lascelles Engineering & Associates Ltd.
  • Ledcor Group
  • Louis W. Bray
  • Ministry of Transportation Ontario
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project
  • PCL/ED a Joint Venture
  • PCL Construction Management Inc.
  • Pomerleau Inc.
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • R.W. Tomlinson Limited
  • Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • WSP Canada Inc
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Things to know

Admission requirements

Ontario

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Biology 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
High 80s
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Two of the following:
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    • Earth and Space Science 4U
Mid 80s
Chemical Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
Mid 80s
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
Low to Mid 90s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Computer Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • Chemistry 4U
  • Physics 4U
Low 80s
Electrical Engineering
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English 4U or Français 4U
  • Advanced Functions 4U
  • Calculus and Vectors 4U
  • One of the following:
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Computing 4U
    • Physics 4U
High 80s
Secondary V

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 84% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

Students may be required to take up to two mathematics make-up courses at the University either the summer before or during their first year.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • Chemistry (Sec. V)
  • Physics (Sec. V)
  • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
84%
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Computer Science
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
84%
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Chemical Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • Chemistry (Sec. V)
  • Physics (Sec. V)
84%
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
  • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
  • One of the following:
    • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
84%

These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

See the full undergraduate admission requirements for more information.

CEGEP

General requirements

A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course in science and mathematics.

Students who are missing the mathematics prerequisite are required to take up to two replacement courses at the University the summer before or during their first year.

Prerequisite courses

Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
Computer Science
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Mid 70s
Computer Science and Mathematics
Data Science
Computer Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Low 70s
Electrical Engineering
Physics and Electrical Engineering
Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
  • Two of the following:
    • Biology (101) General Biology I
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Algebra I
Mid 70s
Chemical Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Mid 70s
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
  • One of the following:
    • Biology (101) General Biology I
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
Low 80s
Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • English (603) or Français (601)
  • Biology (101) General Biology
  • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
Low 80s

These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

Not studying in an Ontario or Quebec high school? Find your admission requirements.

Admission averages vary between English and French programs. See the French page for the French program requirements.

Opportunities with this degree

Career opportunities
  • Consulting engineer
  • Structural or construction engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Water-resources engineer
  • Municipal engineer
  • Research engineer
  • Contractor
Salary and placement rate

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $61,026 - $73,851

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Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6%

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Graduate studies

This Engineering field offers many possibilities to students.

If you have any more questions about this field, we invite you to get in touch with the Undergraduate Studies Office or the Career Development Centre.

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