Civil Engineering Technology - Transportation Co-op Overview

Co-op Format

September to December January to April May to August
Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Semester 3 Work Term 1 (Co-op) Semester 4
Work Term 2 (Co-op) Semester 5 Work Term 3 (Co-op)
Semester 6    


September to December  January to April  May to August
N/A Semester  1 Semester  2
Semester  3 Work Term 1 (Co-op) Semester  4
Work Term 2 (Co-op) Semester  5 Work Term 3 (Co-op)
Semester  6    

Learn more about Civil Engineering Technology - Transportation

Work Term Capabilities (which do not reflect individual work experiences & exposures)

The student having completed three full semesters of study (typically in time for a Winter co-op) will have sufficient knowledge to perform the following tasks:

  • Organize, conduct and analyze traffic field studies
  • Prepare a signage and pavement marking plan in accordance with local guidelines (typically the Ontario Traffic Manual)
  • Research various sources of information and prepare detailed inventories in the form of maps, charts, graphs and spreadsheets
  • Undertake analyses of information such as capacity of uninterrupted flow facilities, parking activities, and public transit operations on a limited basis
  • Produce a simple roadway geometric design task
  • Evaluate transit planning decisions in relation to bus stops and network design

Having completed four full semesters of the including work experience program, (typically in time for a Fall co-op) gained in the first work term, the student will now be capable of undertaking more extensive assignments:

  • Undertake analyses of information such as capacity of interrupted flow facilities and traffic/site impact studies using leading industry software (Synchro and InterCalc)
  • Design pedestrian and cycling facilities in accordance with local guidelines (Ontario Traffic Manual and the Transportation Association of Canada Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads)
  • Interpret the Ontario Planning Act as related to transportation engineering technology
  • Undertake a roadway geometric design task in computer-aided drafting (CAD) software
  • Understand the basics of construction management to initiate a simple project
  • Prepare reports of a minor nature presenting a problem, alternative solutions, and recommended course action

After completing five full semesters of the program, (typically in time for a Summer co-op), the student will have acquired sufficient knowledge and specialized skill to perform the following activities:

  • Perform a functional design of an intersection and a roundabout
  • Undertake analysis of traffic signal progression along an arterial corridor using traffic capacity analysis software (Synchro or Vistro)
  • Interpret the classic four-stage transportation planning model as applied to long-range transportation modelling
  • Determine the transportation impacts of a proposed development; write a report documenting the findings and suggesting remedial measures to avoid degradation in the level of service
  • Perform limited GIS queries and analysis
  • Research a technical transportation topic and make a confident oral presentation in front of a large audience
Co-op Rate  
Range: $14.00 - $24.00 Average: $19.00

For further information, please contact:

Krislynn McKinlay, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2161
Email: Krislynn.McKinlay [at] (Krislynn McKinlay)