Civil Engineering Technology - Transportation - 524

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
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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. Graduates are working across the country in planning, design and operations positions and have excellent opportunities for career advancement within this unique engineering field. 

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 and 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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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 (C* or U) or Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U)

* students with MAP4C require a grade ≥ 60% in the course

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Options are available for mature applicants.

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Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$864.60$758.46
Co-op Fees$257.14$235.71
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,475.78$2,348.21
Total 1st Year Fees$4,823.99

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

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,355.00$8,355.00
Co-op Fees$257.14$235.71
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Per Semester$9,062.14$8,965.71
Total 1st Year Fees$18,027.85

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

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By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Solve a challenge by applying knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program through a capstone project.
  • Test and apply course concepts through current software in our computer labs.
  • Gain valuable experience during co-op work terms.

This co-op program has been accredited by CEWIL Canada. This represents the highest standard of achievement for co-op programs in Canada.

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

Co-op Format

September to DecemberJanuary to AprilMay to August
Semester 1Semester 2Vacation
Semester 3Work Term 1
Semester 4
Work Term 2
Semester 5Work Term 3
Semester 6  


September to December January to April May to August
N/ASemester  1Semester  2
Semester  3Work Term 1
Semester  4
Work Term 2
Semester  5Work Term 3
Semester  6  

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Co-op Delivery and Fees

This program has a mandatory co-op, as part of the program of study. The annual co-op fee structure can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.

For questions, please contact the Co-op Specialist listed at the bottom of the webpage.

Driver’s License and Vehicle

Please note that the majority of co-op positions for this program require that students have a valid driver’s license ('G' class preferred) and access to a vehicle.

Co-op Designation

This program offers three co-op work term opportunities but requires two completed co-op work terms for the co-op designation. 

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 Pay RangeCo-op Pay Average
Range: $19.00 - $25.00Average: $21.50

For further information, please contact:

Karen Brown, Co-op Specialist
Phone: 905-575-2161
Email: karen.brown [at] (Karen Brown)

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities

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), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).


Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

  • Davenport University - Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business


See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.


Tech requirements

Technology Requirements

AutoCAD is required for this program. A free download for students is available through the AutoCAD website. To be eligible for this download you must register with your Mohawk email, pass the system requirements test, and provide proof of enrollment (Photo of ONE Card, letter of acceptance, etc.). Note that you can only complete this registration process after your program start date.

The Engineering programs recommend the "Best Specifications" as listed on the Student Tech Support Hardware Specifications page.
Note: We do not recommend using a Mac as the software required in this program has many usability issues with their operating system.

  • Questions: craig.sherwood [at] (Contact Craig Sherwood )

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Associate Dean: john.van-loon [at] (John Van Loon)


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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

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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 staff encouraged me to participate and volunteer for various events. I volunteered approximately 120 hours for the past year.

JooYoon Bae, Graduate 2018