Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

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    “I have always wanted to be a Civil Engineer, but I didn’t know how diverse it was until I was in the faculty. So get involved! Whether it’s student groups, design teams, or attending events, this will help you learn more about Civil Engineering. It will also create important connections with your fellow students, professors or future employers.”

    Daly Penner, civil engineering student

Civil Engineering at UM

Civil engineers plan, design, build and maintain infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings, water and wastewater treatment facilities and dams. A civil engineer applies cutting edge technologies to protect the environment and improve the quality of human life. You will have the opportunity to target your studies towards the following sub-disciplines:

  • Environmental & Water Resources: Water and wastewater treatment, hydraulics, hydrology and water resource management.
  • Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental: Earth dams, foundations, slope stability and flood protection.
  • Structures & Construction: Concrete and steel structures, construction management and construction materials.
  • Transportation: Highways and railways, planning, safety, active transportation and pavements.

All B.Sc. programs in the Price Faculty of Engineering are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). B.Sc. Engineering graduates meet all educational requirements for registration as Professional Engineers (P.Eng.) in all Canadian jurisdictions.

Skills you will gain by studying CIVIL ENGINEERING

  • To apply scientific and engineering methods to analyze and solve complex problems involving civil engineering systems.
  • Ability to generate conceptual and detailed designs based on environmental, technical and economic factors, demonstrating the proper use of engineering tools.
  • To communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues, clients and the general population.


Year 1 - 37.5 credit hours


Course requirementsCHEM 1100CHEM 1122COMP 1012ENG 1430ENG 1440ENG 1450ENG 1460MATH 1210MATH 1510MATH 1710PHIL 1290*, PHYS 1050, plus written English requirement. 

*Recommended Complementary Studies elective

Students need 8 of the 13 (excluding CHEM 1122) courses to apply to engineering departments.

To do this year:

  1. Consider meeting with an academic advisor in the Price Faculty of Engineering to help you plan your program. 
  2. Apply online for entry into the Civil Engineering degree program by March 1st.
  3. For academic support, visit the Math Help Centre or contact the Academic Learning Centre to register for a supplemental instruction session.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research careers matching your skills and interests, attend events in the faculty to learn about engineering programs and career choices.
  3. Set up a UM Connect account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Explore your Experience Record, an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES) and the University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU).
  2. Volunteer for UM Orientation events to help welcome new students to campus while gaining experience.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as UM Community Volunteers and the Student Leadership Development Program.


Considering international opportunities?
Visit the International Centre website to learn about international opportunities for UM students.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit ENGAPMigizii Agamik, the International Centre or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba.

Year 2 - 81.5 credit hours


Course requirements: CHEM 1110, CHEM 1126, CIVL 2770, CIVL 2780, CIVL 2790, CIVL 2800, CIVL 2830, CIVL 2840, ENG 2030 or ENG 2040, GEOL 1340, MATH 2130, MATH 2132, STAT 2220.

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements of your department, review program models. Credit hours will vary depending on course selection. Some courses may not be offered every year, talk with an advisor for more information.
  2. Consider applying to the faculty’s Co-op/IIP program.
  3. Consider an approved minor to add to your studies.
  4. Consider joining one of the civil engineering student groups.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs, such as ASE, to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate and consider volunteering with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.
  4. Develop professional connections by attending networking events offered by the Faculty or UMES.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Gain relevant experience: Consider applying to the Co-op/IIP Program.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Represent the faculty as a Student Ambassador or check out Let’s Talk Science or Science Rendezvous.

Explore student research opportunities: Apply for a research assistant position, Undergraduate Research Award or NSERC grant.

Consider joining technical societies and competition teams: Visit the Price Faculty of Engineering for team listings.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange through the International Engineering Programs Office, Co-op/IIP students can also take advantage of the Canada-Japan program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday."

Staying local? Check out Engineers without Borders or one of the local service-learning programs. Consider learning a new language and about a new culture through the Language Partner Volunteer Program.

Year 3 - 127.5 credit hours


Course requirements: CIVL 3590, CIVL 3690, CIVL 3700, CIVL 3730, CIVL 3740, CIVL 3750, CIVL 3760, CIVL 3770, CIVL 3790, ENG 3000, plus one Indigenous Knowledge course and two technical elective courses.

To do this year:

  1. Credit hours will vary depending on course selection. Consider meeting with a department advisor to review your program.
  2. Meet with your co-op advisor, if applicable.
  3. Discuss your program with your professors and industry professionals for advice regarding the best choice of electives for your needs.

Investigate your career options:

  1. Identify gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships.
  2. Reflect on your classroom learning and identify skills that can be transferred to the workplace.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning including the Stu Clarke Centre for Entrepreneurship, World Trade Centre Winnipeg, and the Manitoba Government.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate StudiesExtended Education or other academic institutions.


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: the City of WinnipegManitoba Hydro and WISE Kid-Netic Energy.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Eco CanadaScience.caJob BankFind My JobIndeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or write an article or speak about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Join the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 163 credit hours


Course requirements: CIVL 4220, CIVL 4380, CIVL 4390, CIVL 4400, CIVL 4590, ENG 3020 plus three technical elective courses.

To do this year:

  1. Meet with your co-op advisor, if applicable.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with your academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and contact civil engineering professors recruiting graduate students. Use the graduate awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education.


Ensure you have references in place: Ask three work-related references who are willing to expect calls from potential employers. If applying to graduate studies ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation.

Assess your resumé: Update your resumé for each job application. Focus on the knowledge, skills and attributes that are of interest to the employer.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment:
Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to LinkedIn Learning through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.

What do employers want?

Industries are seeking top quality engineers who understand the relationship between innovative design and practical solutions. Valuable skills include:*

  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills
  • Team work
  • Oral and written communication
  • Personal management
  • Project management
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

Get one-on-one help

  • Meet with a career consultant

    Meet with a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career goals, job search, resumé/CV and interview preparation.

    Contact Career Services at or call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment.

  • Talk to an academic advisor

    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

    Find your advisor

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Department of Civil Engineering
Room E1-368 EITC
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada