Civil Engineering Technology - Transportation - 524

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Solve mobility challenges for all transportation system users through the design, construction and operation of vehicular traffic, public transportation and active transportation systems.

Program Highlights

  • Mohawk is the only college in Canada providing this highly specialized training in transportation engineering technology.

What you'll learn

  • Understand transportation networks, public transportation systems, walking and cycling infrastructure and their roles in society.
  • Develop planning skills to make decisions about present and future mobility needs.
  • Apply current standards and practices to design roadways, intersections and other transportation facilities with safety as a key consideration.
  • Acquire surveying, CAD, plan reading and visualization skills needed to create today’s modern infrastructure.
  • Explore traffic data collection methods, traffic control devices and management strategies.
  • Analyze operational ;performance, capacity and level of service (LOS) on streets, highways, public & transportation infrastructure and walking and cycling infrastructure.

This program was previously known as Transportation Engineering Technology (543).

Program Length

3 academic years (periods of 8 months), plus co-op

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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.63 $635.86
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees $243.82 $260.08
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,406.92 $2,294.41
Total 1st Year Fees $4,701.33

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,490.57 $7,550.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees $243.82 $260.08
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $8,288.82 $8,230.08
Total 1st Year Fees $16,518.90

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Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:

  • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Grade 12 Mathematics; MAP4C ≥ 80% or MCT4C; or any U or equivalent*
  • Grade 11 Physics and Grade 10, 11 or 12 Design Technology recommended

Note: Applicants that do not satisfy minimum requirements will be provided an alternate offer to the Pre-Technology tuition and program as a pathway to their desired program. Successful graduates from this program will be considered for advanced standing into original program choice.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Option are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Hands-on training using latest industry transportation analysis software packages.
  • Working on real projects supported by industry partners.
  • Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Co-op Content

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

Salary Range

  Work Term 1 Work Term 2 Work Term 3
Range $15.43 - $22.00 $15.00 - $24.23 $17.00 - $25.35
Average $19.00 $20.00 $20.00

For further information, please contact:

Krislynn McKinlay, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2161
Fax: 905-575-2359
Email: Krislynn.McKinlay [at] (Krislynn McKinlay)



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Transportation/Traffic Engineering Technologist
  • Transportation/Traffic Planning Technologist
  • Transportation Design Technologist
  • Transit Technologist 
  • Active Transportation Coordinator

Where you could work includes:

  • Public and Private Sectors
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Municipal and Government Agencies

Opportunities for grads

  • Graduates may be eligible to be registered as associate members of The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).


  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Career advantage

Mohawk College is the only college in Canada that provides this highly specialized training in transportation engineering. Graduates are working across the country in planning, design and operations positions and have excellent opportunities for career advancement within this unique engineering field.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

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International Students

Co-op option

Photo of Rob Salewytsch

As the Transportation Planner for Niagara Region, I look after the Active Transportation portfolio, the Traffic Demand Model and am also involved in the development of a number of plans such as the Transportation Master Plan (which includes the Strategic Cycling the Complete Streets Guidelines; and, the Cycling Wayfinding and Directional Signage Guidelines), as well as reviewing the Secondary Plans for the Niagara GO Stations. Based on the skills developed in my program and the experience received in the industry, I have created a company called "OUTSPOKIN" to coordinate low speed, non-competitive, social bicycle rides that are designed for all ages and abilities.

Rob Salewytsch, Graduate 2014

Photo of Evan Nopper

I am now utilizing the skills I developed at Mohawk College to create signal timing plans, as well as optimizing the traffic signals along city corridors. In my capacity as a Traffic Signals Inspector, I work closely with contractors overseeing the construction of the intersections that I designed. I can confidently say that Mohawk College provided me with the theory, skills and opportunities needed to successfully start my new career.

Evan Nopper, Graduate 2016

JooYoon Bae

My experience with Mohawk College is one of the most special moments of my life. I was shy at the beginning, but Mohawk turned me into a people person. The International Square staff encouraged me to participate and volunteer for various events. I volunteered approximately 120 hours for the past year.