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Increasing Opportunities for Civil Engineering Technicians in Vancouver

By Brighton College on February 25th, 2013 in Civil Infrastructure Design

We all know that commuting in Vancouver can be a bit of a nightmare, especially given the city’s recent ranking as the second most congested city in North America. Luckily, the city is currently undergoing various infrastructure renewal projects such as the Lower Mainland Gateway Transportation Program which actually started in 2003.

The main goals for this project are to reduce congestion, move goods more efficiently and to improve the safety and reliability of the city’s road networks. This project has helped create hundreds of jobs for workers in various industries, but workers in the construction and civil engineering industries have vastly benefited!

So what is civil engineering?

You will be very successful in Vancouver if Civil Engineering is your career of choice! Their job outlook is above average in almost every regard, according to WorkBC.ca. A civil engineering technician level job could be one of many including:

  • Civil engineering technician
  • Highway technician
  • Construction technician
  • Structural design technician

Someone in a civil engineering career can expect to earn between $20 and $40 dollars an hour. While most jobs in this industry circulate around busier urban centers, there are opportunities away from the city as well, considering B.C.’s province-wide aging infrastructure. Areas due to be expecting the most growth remain within urban and industrial epicenters, however.

You don’t need to attain an undergrad degree in engineering to work in the civil field. At Brighton College students can enroll in a Civil Design Technician Diploma program which is accredited by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTT BC). After completing the program and getting real-world experience, you could become a technician in the civil engineering area. This program focuses on learning aspects of civil design that are up-to-date and relevant to the industry within B.C.

For more information on this and other career-boosting programs, please contact one of our educational advisers via study@brightoncollege.com.