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Civil/Structural Technician Certificate (formerly Drafting)


Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) are increasingly being used in the development of structures, highway construction, high rise and commercial buildings. Through project-based learning, with instructional presentations and laboratory work, students will learn the latest CAD and BIM software (such as Autodesk Revit Structure, AutoCAD and Civil 3D software); trades skills that are essential in a career as a Civil/Structural Technician.
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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September 10 months Certificate or diploma (with additional specialty) Downtown Full-time

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Program Description

Program Description

This is one of the five drafting programs available at VCC. In the first two months, students learn concepts, techniques and accepted practices in the drafting industry. Students learn computer-aided drafting and are introduced to specialty areas of drafting.

In the final eight months of the program graduates of this program will have developed the drafting and 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) skills which will enable them to enter the workforce in many areas as team members in consulting engineering firms, architectural firms, municipal, provincial or federal offices, as well as in private industry. Graduates will be prepared to work on a wide variety of structures, highway construction, high rise and commercial buildings, and development work.

Upon completion of the initial 10 month Civil/Structural Technician Certificate, a VCC diploma may be earned by completing a second drafting specialty (terms 2 & 3, 8 months training) in either Steel Detailing or Architectural.


This course uses project based learning strategies with instructional presentations and laboratory work using Autodesk Revit Structure software. Students may be required to do assignments at home and lab work outside class time on both theory and individual projects.


For further information about this program, please call Bruce McGarvie, department head, at 604.871.7000, ext. 8536 or email bmcgarvie@vcc.ca.

Check out the Labour Market Navigator for a summary of the provincial outlook for occupations in this field.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent.
  • Applicants whose first language is other than English, who have not completed English 0981/0991 and are presenting foreign documents equivalent to Grade 12, must have achieved Canadian Language Benchmark Test grades of Listening 8, Speaking 7, Reading 8, and Writing 7 or better.
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11.
  • All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the program must be submitted with application to the program. Download the Request for Transfer Credit PDF form. Requests for diploma eligibility received after the program has started will not be approved.
  • Applicants who have met the above requirements and completed Drafting 11 and 12 in high school can apply for direct entry into Level 2 of the program. VCC CAD Citation graduates may insert into level 2 of the program.

    Recommended Characteristics:

    • Drafting 11, & Physics 11
    • Related work experience
    • Excellent English communication skills
    • Working knowledge of Windows OS is strongly recommended
    • Good mathematical and mechanical comprehension
    • Ability to work in imperial and metric units of measurement
    • General good health, good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
    • Successful work habits and an ability to work well with others
    • Logical reasoning and an ability to visualize objects
    • An interest in all aspects of architecture, general construction and related fields

    Fees and Other costs


    Application Fee $35
    Tuition Fee 6035
    Student Union Fee $89
    College Initiative Fee $101
    Student Union Health Plan Fee $146
    Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146
    U-Pass Fee $451
    Other Costs
    $21 - Graduation Fees
    $121 - Campus Resource Fee
    $600 - Approximate Textbooks & Supplies
    At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.


    For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


    Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

    Info Sessions

    Info Sessions

    B.C.'s growing construction and architecture sector is in need of certified architectural technicians, civil/structural technicians, and steel detailing technicians. VCC's citation, certificate and degree programs teach students the latest CAD and BIM software, as well as the important critical thinking skills needed to succeed as a technician.

    Attend an info session to participate in hands-on software demonstrations, learn about the importance of CAD and BIM technologies, and hear about the exciting projects that VCC grads have worked on. 

    Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

    Date Day Time Room Location
    January 31, 2018 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown
    February 28, 2018 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown
    March 28, 2018 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown
    April 11, 2018 Wednesday 4 - 5 p.m. 718 Downtown


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    Program Highlights

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    Course Schedule

    Courses Schedule

     

    Term 1

    (DRFT 1010) CAD Drafting Fundamentals
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    4 credits
    (DRFT 1011) CAD Drafting Applied
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    3 credits
    (DRFT 1012) Office and Construction Site Safety
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    1 credits
    (DRFT 1013) Construction Mathematics
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    1 credits


    Term 2

    (DRFT 1226) Construction Drawing Reading
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    1.0 credits  course outline
    (DRFT 1280) Industrial Site Layout
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    3 credits
    (DRFT 1281) Autodesk Civil 3D
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    2 credits
    (DRFT 1282) Road Alignment Detailing
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    2 credits
    (DRFT 1283) Steel Structures
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    3 credits
    (DRFT 1284) Principles of Reinforced Concrete
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    1 credits
    (DRFT 1285) Foundation Design Concepts
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    1 credits
    (DRFT 1286) Engineering Statics
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    2 credits


    Term 3

    (DRFT 1320) Architectural Concepts
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    3.0 credits
    (DRFT 1326) Job Search Skills
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    0.5 credits  course outline
    (DRFT 1327) Revit Structures
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    2.0 credits
    (DRFT 1370) Technical Communications
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    1 credits
    (DRFT 1380) AutoCAD 3D and Assemblies
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    2 credits
    (DRFT 1381) Miscellaneous Steel
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    1 credits
    (DRFT 1383) Quantity Take Offs
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    0.5 credits
    (DRFT 1384) Concrete Slab on Grade Floor Systems
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    2 credits
    (DRFT 1385) Reinforced Concrete Structural Components
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    3 credits
    (DRFT 1386) Residential Wood Framing
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    1 credits